HSE Celebrates 25 Years of Educational Partnerships with the Netherlands
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.
HSE and Erasmus: How it All Began
Leading professors and alumni of the HSE Faculty of Economic Sciences and Erasmus University Rotterdam celebrated the 25th anniversary of educational cooperation between the two universities at a large gathering. It is worth noting, however, that the cooperation between the two universities in fact goes back longer than that, to the very founding of HSE.
Erasmus University was HSE’s first Dutch university partner, and, as Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov said, the university greatly influenced HSE’s educational trajectory.
Erasmus University played a significant role in shaping the traditions and teaching style at HSE University
This is no coincidence, the Rector noted, since many of HSE’s first instructors and professors had spent quite a bit of time interning in Rotterdam.
Since then, the cooperation between the two universities has expanded significantly and now includes student exchanges, joint research projects, and a double-degree programme in economics.
Dutch HSE Faculty and Staff Members
Roelian Bastiaanse, Academic Supervisor of the Center for Language and Brain
Bart Geurts, Chief Research Fellow, International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy
Hans Koster, Leading Research Fellow, Center for Market Studies and Spatial Economics
Samira Ferhees, Research Fellow, Linguistic Convergence Laboratory
Maarten Janssen, Emeritus Professor, Department of Theoretical Economics
How Russian and Dutch Universities Find Each Other
After establishing a partnership with Erasmus University, HSE began to actively develop collaborative relationships with additional Dutch universities. This effort has been facilitated, in particular, by an agreement with Nuffic Neso Russia, a Dutch organization for international cooperation in higher education. The organization’s 10th anniversary was also celebrated at HSE at a special roundtable, which was attended by representatives of Russian and Dutch universities, the Russian government, and the Dutch embassy.
‘Nuffic Neso Russia contributes significantly to the development of academic cooperation and mutual understanding between students, teachers, and researchers of our countries,’ said Yaroslav Kuzminov. ‘Russian and Dutch universities face common challenges that the digitalization of education and the digitalization of the economy as a whole present.’ Rector Kuzminov noted that HSE looks forward to conducting joint research and projects in this area with its Dutch partners.
10 Dutch University Partners of HSE
Erasmus University Rotterdam
University of Amsterdam
University of Groningen
University of Leiden
University of Maastricht
Radboud University Nijmegen
Avans University of Applied Sciences
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
University of Twente
University of Tilburg
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) promotes collaborative scientific research between institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. A NWO board member, Wim van den Doel, also took part in the HSE roundtable. ‘My mission here is to find new ways to expand academic ties between Russia and the Netherlands,’ he said.
Education Connects Countries
Dutch Ambassador to Russia Rob Swartbol, who gave an address at the event, praised the success of Nuffic Neso in Russia and its key role in facilitating Russian-Dutch academic exchange. Since the organization’s founding 10 years ago, the number of Russian students studying in the Netherlands has tripled. ‘Student exchanges lead to better understanding between countries,’ Ambassador Swartbol emphasized.
In the fall of the 2019/20 school year
Dutch students are studying at HSE
HSE students are studying at Dutch universities
First Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Grigory Trubnikov, in turn, noted that Russia and the Netherlands have ‘a solid foundation for the further development of bilateral cooperation in scientific research and higher education.’ At the roundtable, he discussed the Russia’s initiative to develop a digital university model. It is not only about digitalizing educational programmes, but university management systems, as well, he noted. He also emphasized the importance of helping employees and researchers develop digital skills.
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