Assistant Secretary of State of the United States Answers Questions from HSE Students in Nizhny Novgorod
On October 13th, 2011, Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the United States, and Thomas Melia, his Deputy, met students and lecturers from the HSE, Nizhny Novgorod.
The students were interested in all kinds of problems – from the American experience of fighting corruption to the problems of freedom of speech on the internet.
According to Michael Posner, the internet makes communication between people who cannot meet each other in person much easier; it promotes a free exchange of opinions among people who have different views. The limitations for internet translation of some materials are inevitable in any civilized society; the USA has such limitations, but in the era of digital technology it is impossible to limit the distribution of ideas. At the same time, in response to a question about WikiLeaks, the guest mentioned that ways for business, the government and ordinary people to communicate through protected channels, maintaining privacy, should be ensured.
Answering a student’s question about the timetable of the pullout of American troops from Afghanistan, Michael Posner said that the transfer of power to the Afghani authorities turned out to be more complex than expected, and the hasty withdrawal of troops from the country could lead to Taliban power being restored. The Assistant Secretary of State reminded the audience of the shared position of Russia and the U.S. in the war on terrorism. ‘Anyone who commits terrorist acts should be prosecuted’, he emphasized.
In response to a question about the Jackson-Vanik Amendment which limits trade relations between Russia and the United States, Michael Posner said that Congress is discussing the possibility of changing this amendment in relation to Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization. ‘We are very interested in Russia becoming a WTO member’, the Assistant Secretary of State emphasized.
During a personal meeting between M. Posner and Oleg Kozyrev, Director of the HSE branch in Nizhny Novgorod, the American diplomat was shown around the latest university laboratory – the International Laboratory of Algorithms and Technologies for Networks Analysis, headed by Panos Pardalos, Professor at the University of Florida. Mr. Posner was impressed by the international contacts of the Higher School of Economics and mentioned that they not only help to develop both fundamental and applied science but have a positive effect on the development of intercultural communication and assist in promoting democratic values.
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.