HSE Banking Institute Director Awarded Italian Order of the Star
Italy’s Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano made HSE Banking Institute Director Vasily Solodkov a Knight of the Italian Order of the Star for his exceptional scholarly contribution to the advancement and development of friendly relations and cooperation between Italy and Russia.
Professor Solodkov initiated several important joint projects with the Bank of Italy and various Italian universities, including the highly regarded seminar ‘Money, Finance, and Unconventional Risk Management’ at the University of Siena. He has also organised lecture series featuring Italian scholars and experts from the Higher School of Economics.
Ambassador Terracciano emphasised that Professor Solodkov’s work made a valuable intellectual contribution to the Italian business community in Russia, as his expertise proved crucial in conducting an accurate assessment of the economic phenomena underway and preparing the most appropriate investment strategies.
Vasily Solodkov graduated from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in 1983. He then went on to study at various prestigious universities such as Harvard Business School and City, University of London. Professor Solodkov spent many years as the head of the HSE Faculty of Economics’ banking department and is the creator of the HSE Banking Institute, where he serves as director. A former Fulbright professor in the U.S., he has also worked for the World Bank in Washington DC. Professor Solodkov is a permanent member of key professional expert councils and associations and is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Russian Microfinance Centre. He actively participates in international conferences and forums, representing the interests of the Russian financial sector.
The HSE Academic Council announced that Sergey Pekarski, Head of the Department of Theoretical Economics, will take over as Dean of Faculty from Oleg Zamulin, who will join Sberbank’s Centre of Macroeconomic Research as Director. Professor Zamulin will retain his position of professor at the faculty and continue teaching.
The head of the HSE Institute of Education, Professor Isak Froumin, has joined the journal International Review of Education as a consulting editor. David Atchoarena, the publication’s editor-in-chief and the director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, recently informed the Institute of Education that he was extending this offer.
Vladimir Podolskii, Head of HSE’s Big Data and Information Retrieval School, and Elena Vakulenko, Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Economics, have both received awards for research in mathematics and labour studies, respectively.
In order to research human capital, Lilia Ovcharova, a renowned scholar and expert on social policy, has been appointed Vice Rector responsible for applied human capital research at HSE. Human capital development studies are key priority for our university.
Tenured HSE Professor Fuad Aleskerov, who is the head of the Faculty of Economic Sciences’ Department of Mathematics, has become a member of the Informatics section of the Academia Europaea.
Alexander Tonevitsky, Dean of the HSE Faculty of Biology and Biotechnologies and corresponding member of the RAS, was awarded the honorary title of Distinguished Scientist of the Russian Federation. The awards ceremony was held in the Kremlin on November 27.
Academic Supervisors of HSE programmes have been awarded bonuses for activities contributing to the university’s development. Active attraction of international students to HSE has become one of the assessment criteria.
The 7th Moscow International Forum ‘Open Innovations.’ which took place from October 15 – 17 in Skolkovo, included an exhibition on the results of research carried out by academic institutions, small enterprises and leading universities, including HSE.
Fedor Ratnikov, a leading researcher at the Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis (LAMBDA), has been appointed project coordinator in the SHiP collaboration. He will be responsible for developing and designing the detector’s active magnetic radiation shielding.