HSE University and UN-Habitat Sign Collaboration Agreement
HSE University and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme signed an agreement to conduct joint research on urban development. HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and UN Under-Secretary-General Maimunah Mohd Sharif, who heads the UN-Habitat programme, signed the letter of intent at the recent Moscow Urban Forum, which was held on July 4-7 at Moscow’s Zaryadye Park.
Established about 40 years ago, the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) promotes the sustainable development of cities and settlements around the world. The headquarters of the organization is located in Nairobi.
HSE University and UN-Habitat already have a history of collaboration. Since 2014, staff of the HSE Institute for Regional Studies and Urban Planning, headed by Irina Ilina, have participated in expert groups regarding the urban development of CIS countries. From 2017-2019, the Institute held three conferences on the topic of ‘Sustainable Development Goals: Applicability for Russian Cities and Assessment Tools’.
The agreement of intent, signed by HSE University and UN-Habitat, provides for the creation of a New Urban Agenda Research Centre at HSE. The Centre will aim to develop and implement projects of sustainable urban development in CIS countries. Its areas of research will include developing an urban prosperity index, identifying new innovations for improving cities, creating ‘smart’ cities, improving the quality of life, preventing climate change, improving urban environments, and making housing affordable.
HSE University is one of the leading universities in the field of urban research,’ Ms. Sharif noted at the signing of the agreement. ‘UN-Habitat prefers to make recommendations for cities and governments based on evidence, rather than taking them out of thin air. And for this we need partners like HSE University who can help us conduct research, analyze the results and come up with solutions to problems.’
‘Collaborating with UN-Habitat is an important stage in the development of our university,’ said Rector Kuzminov. ‘It was only about ten years ago that we became seriously engaged in urban research, but we have already become one of the leaders in this field in Russia and Eastern Europe. I hope that together with UN-Habitat we will develop an index of urban prosperity. This is an important task for us, and it will require a combination of efforts of various institutions at HSE University.’
The rector also noted that HSE University is a regular partner of the Moscow government in the development of the city, which not only includes planning new building and roads, but various cultural, educational and social policies as well. HSE’s cooperation with UN-Habitat will have a positive impact on these projects.
On October 2-4, HSE University hosted the international conference Trends in Logic 19. Current Issues in Philosophical Logic for the first time in Russia. The conference, which attracted a number of prominent Russian and international scholars, was organized jointly by the journal Studia Logica and the HSE International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy.
On October 2 and 3, HSE University simultaneously celebrated two anniversaries of Russian-Dutch academic cooperation: the 25th anniversary of joint educational programmes between HSE University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the 10th anniversary of the Dutch educational center, Nuffic Neso Russia, with which HSE has a long-standing partnership.
The Second Russia-China Education Research Conference – Digital Transformation of Education and Artificial Intelligence – was held last week at HSE University. Researchers from the two countries discussed changes taking place in the national education systems thanks to the digital revolution, as well as what can be borrowed from mutual experiences.
The agreement provides for academic and cultural cooperation between the universities, student exchange, and joint research. HSE University and the University of Bergen have been partners in educational initiatives for eight years. The partnership began when the HSE Faculty of Law signed an agreement with the Norwegian university.
Economists and Researchers Gather at International Conference on Wealth and Income in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries
On September 17-18, HSE University hosted a special conference with the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) on the topic of Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income and Wealth in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries. This was the first IARIW conference to be held in a CIS country. HSE News Service spoke with American economist Barbara Fraumeni about her work with economic accounting and human capital and her experience attending the conference in Moscow.
On September 20, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic Pasquale Terracciano signed a cooperation agreement between the Embassy of Italy and HSE University.
On September 23-24, the CCCP19 Symposium ‘Cognition, Computation, Neuroeconomics and Performance’ will be held at HSE University. The goal of the symposium is to exhibit cutting edge research at the CCDM, a leading cognitive neuroscience research centre in Russia, and LNC2, a leading European research centre in neuroeconomics, cognitive neuroscience and neural theory. Ahead of CCCP19, the HSE News Service spoke with the conference organizer and several invited speakers about the plan for this symposium and the importance of their research in the field.
The Second ICEF Conference in Applied Economics will be held at HSE University on September 14. The HSE News service spoke with organizers and participants about the upcoming full-day event, which features eight papers presented by renowned specialists from Russia and across Europe and concludes with an evening dinner.
On July 31, the II International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students came to a close in Saint Petersburg. In the team competition, the Brazilian team won the gold medal, while teams from China won silver and bronze. One of Russian teams placed fifth.