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Marina Batalina

  • Director:International Partnerships Office / International Cooperation Centre
  • Marina Batalina has been at HSE University since 2006.


Supervision of the International Cooperation Center

Development, coordination and monitoring of the university’s international links and cooperation agreements with leading foreign universities, research centres and international organizations, as well as Russian and foreign diplomatic representatives.



  • 1995

    Degree in English language
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Foreign Languages

  • 1986

    Degree in Political Sciences
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Philosophy

Professional Development

2021, 1 June  -  NAFSA Conference & Expo 2021 Global Partnerships Workshop. Certificate of attendance

2020, 24 April -  European University Association Annual Conference Webinar #3: Making a difference

through partnerships. Certificate of attendance

2018, 23-27 July  - University of Edinburgh
Certificate of attendance. Erasmus+ staff mobility for training. Key Action 107.

2017, 3-4 October - National Erasmus+ Office Russia & SPHERE /Support and Promotion for HE Reform Experts
Certificate of participation. Training workshop “Forms and formats of internationalization at home”

2017, 23-27 May; 2016, 23-27 May - UAS Technikum Wien
Certificate of attendance. Erasmus+ staff mobility for training. Key Action 107

2013, 2 October - NUFFIC /The Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education
Certificate of participation. Training workshop “Mapping out international cooperation: what works and why?”

2011, 23-25 September - Project Management Institute
Certificate on completion No 37745 of a training course 1601-PMBS924S: Project management in a company. Standard PMI PMBOK@Guide 2008

2008, 19-21 November - European Association for International Education /EAIE/
Certificate on successful completion. Training course “How to run an International office: tools for the development and management of an international office”

2007, 1 February-30 November - Higher School of Economics
Certificate on short-term professional development. German language

2006, 19-21 October - Higher School of Economics
Certificate on short-term professional development. Seminar on methodology of curriculum development and educational outcomes.


Teaching experience

English and Russian as a foreign language (Russian Academy of Education, Research Center for Teaching the Russian language, 1986-1990)

Research and expert experience

Related to higher education, civil society and philanthropy projects, grants and scholarship competitions.

Author of articles and theses on social context of language and Russian speech culture of foreigners, implementation of Bologna principles and social entrepreneurship, as well as compiling of the book "Russian Empire in Comparative Perspective" (selected papers presented at the international conference "History of Empires: comparative approaches to research and teaching", 2003).


Recent Presentations (selected)

2019, 12 February - International Double Degree Programmes: the HSE experience – presenting and chairing plenary session with discussion. Seminar & Training “Preparation and implementation of joint curricula”. Technical assistance mission to higher education institutions in Russia, National Erasmus+ Office in Russia, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia;

2018, 17-18 October – presenting and chairing roundtables Partnerships as a Tool to Achieve University’s Strategic Goals and Best Practices and Challenges in Curriculum Internationalisation: Double Degree Programmes. International Partners Week. National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia;

2018, 7 June - International Agendas and Mobilities: the HUB-HSE cooperation (with Stefan Karsch,  Regional Coordinator for Central and Eastern Europe, International Office, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). Annual BSRUN Forum of 2018 “Implementing University Strategy and Mobilities“, - St.Petersburg, Russia;

2018, 15 May – HSE University International Partnerships, International Partners Week. National Research University Higher School of Economics campus in St.Petersburg, St.Petersburg, Russia;

2018, 18 April – International Strategic Partnerships: HSE approach. Session 3: Strategic partnerships: how can they strengthen our international strategies? UNICA IRO Meeting 2018, King’s College London, London, UK;

2017, 21 September – HSE experience with KA107 mobility projects from the view point of the partner country HEI, The Dutch National Agency Erasmus+ Kick off meeting:  KA107 Mobility with partner countries, call 2017 Utrecht, The Netherlands;

2016 – Beyond European Borders: The Added Value of Educational Cooperation and International Mobility (co-authored with Mikhail Komarov). In: International Chronicle. UAS Technikum Wien, Vienna, 2016, PP.11-13;

2015, November; 2014, November – Donors, grants, scholarships, projects classes within elective course on Management of international projects in Humanities, Master’s program on Comparative cross-cultural studies of Russian Literature, 2nd year, 2nd module;

2015, October – Responding to global competitiveness demands and national specifics (with Sergei Erofeev, HSE), the University presidents round table, The BRICS University President Forum, Beijing, China;

2015, July – Regional international academic cooperation mechanisms (with Tatiana Meshkova, HSE) and master-class on International student mobility programmes, and project advising at the Summer School on Complex Spatial Development of Solovetsky archipelago as a unique territory of natural and cultural heritage (HSE in cooperation with NAFU);

2014, January – HSE-U.S. Educational  Partnerships: Promoting Global Competitiveness and Cultural Exchange, and GMU - Higher School of Economics Partnership: History, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, and Institutional  Dimensions conference paper and presentation (with Timofei Bordachev, HSE, Svetlana Filiatreau, George Mason University); The US-Russia Dual Degrees Conference, Bard College, SUNY, U.S.A.;

2013, July – Programmes and projects on social entrepreneurship at foreign universities presentation and students advising at the Summer School of Social entrepreneurship and social innovation, HSE in St.Petersburg.

Current/recent projects coordination

EU Erasmus+ programme (since 2015 - institutional coordinator);

Erasmus+ Key Action 107: Mobility for learners and staff – Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility;

BRICS Network University Project (since 2015 - HSE coordinator, with Alina Shcherbakova as a coordinator of the ITG on Economics; since 2019 - HSE representative in the BRICS NU National Coordination Committee);

 BRICS University League Project (since 2012 – Russia and HSE coordinator; since 2015 – with Maxim Khomyakov, UrFU & HSE University in St.Petersburg);

 Aurora – Towards Modern and Innovative Higher Education, 2012-2017, supported by EU Erasmus Cooperation Window programme (HSE coordinator and representative, with Irina Isaeva) 

Professional experience

2004-2006 Director of international programs, The D.S.Likhachev International Charitable Foundation, St.Petersburg 

1995-2003 Director of international educational programmes. Coordinator of CEU (Central European University) and network scholarships programs, Open Society Institute. Assistance Foundation – Russia, Moscow

1986-1995 Research assistant and research fellow, Russian Academy of Education, Research Center for Teaching Russian, Moscow

Membership of professional bodies

Institutional member (as an HSE University staff member) – European Universities Association (EUA); European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), EFMD Global Network; Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA) – administrative advisor; Institute of International Education  (IIE) – coordinator; HSE University representative in the working group on cooperation of AGU (Association of Russian “Global Universities”) and CRUI (The Conference of Italian Universities Rectors);

Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) – regular events visitor and subscriber (no university institutional or individual membership available);

European Association for International Education (EAIE) and NAFSA - Association of International Educators – regular conference and exhibition events attendee (EAIE - 2014, 2015, 2016; NAFSA – 2013, 2015-2019); NAFSA individual member (2019).


December 2018 - Certificate of Appreciation awarded by the HSE Vice rector for contribution to the successful organization of the roundtables dedicated to partnerships and double degree programmes development in the context of HSE University strategic goals at the HSE University International Partners Week, Moscow, 17-18 October 2018;

March 2018 - The HSE University Medal ‘Acknowledgement – 10 Years of Successful Work’ (the ‘Acknowledgement” medal is awarded by a directive of the Rector to HSE staff members for their high professional achievements and devotion to work);

November 2017 - Certificate of Appreciation from the HSE School of Philology for contribution to the development of international partnerships and a double degree programme;

2015 – Honorary Certificate awarded by the Higher School of Economics for contribution to the university development;

2015, 2014 – Letters of Gratitude from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for contribution to the successful organization of the introduction module of the HSE-DAAD project “Russland in der Praxis”;

2010, 2009 – Certificates of Appreciation awarded by the Higher School of Economics for professionalism and contribution to the successful organization of the 10th International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, and other international activities;

2002 - Certificate of Excellence awarded by the Central European University Admissions Office for the outstanding work performance demonstrated during the admissions period of the 2002/2003 academic year.

BRICS model at Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

On January 25, 2023 'BRICS model' was held at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs: 'Financial settlements between BRICS countries in their national currencies: opportunities and prospects'

Summer/winter: academic networking of BRICS NU

"Altai-Asia 2022: Eurasian Educational Space – New Challenges and Best Practices"

The round table "The BRICS in the context of growing rivalry between US and China" was held within the framework of the XXIII Yasin (April) International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development

HSE University Vice-Rector Ivan Prostakov and Department Head of the International Cooperation Office Marina Batalina opened the round table with a welcoming speech.

The Opening Ceremony for the BRICS Network University Summer School “BRICS and Sustainable Development” 

has been hosted by HSE on June 28th, 2021.

HSE Lyceum Students Take Part in Ca' Foscari Summer School

On June 25-28 HSE Lyceum students participated in the Discover Ca' Foscari Week. The students attended lectures on various subjects, learned about Ca’ Foscari student life and participated in a rich cultural programme prepared by the university.

HSE and Ca’ Foscari University Pursue Productive Partnership

As part of the International Partners Week, a ceremony of setting up Ca' Foscari University Information Corner at HSE University took place on June 19.

HSE University at NAFSA 2019

It was both productive and great for HSE University team lead by Vice Rector Ivan Prostakov to meet our partners from all over the world, and to get to know the new universities at NAFSA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington DC on 28-31 May 2019.

HSE University Welcomes Delegation from National Economics University, Hanoi

On July 2 — 3, HSE University hosted a delegation from the National Economics University (Hanoi, Vietnam) in Moscow and St. Petersburg. HSE and NEU signed a  cooperation agreement, which covers a range of areas, including the development of academic exchange programmes for students and staff, joint research projects, as well as joint cultural and recruiting events.

HSE Staff Members Receive Acknowledgement Medals

Following a directive of the Rector, key HSE staff members have been awarded ‘Acknowledgement’ medals for their high professional achievements and devotion to work.

HSE and Seoul National University Sign Cooperation Agreement

On July 17, 2017, HSE signed a memorandum of understanding on academic and research cooperation with Seoul National University (SNU). It covers joint research, joint projects, student and staff visits, as well as the sharing of academic resources.

HSE Signs Cooperation Agreement with Hitotsubashi University 

On June 19 the Higher School of Economics signed a cooperation agreement with Hitotsubashi University in Japan. The agreement covers mutual visits for lecturers and researchers, student exchange programmes, as well as joint research projects, academic events, and publications.

HSE Signed Partnership Agreement with Ghent University

Students and doctoral students of the HSE Faculty of Computer Science will have the opportunity to take part in exchange and double degree programmes.

Ghent University Signs Cooperation Agreement with HSE

Faculty of Economic Sciences' undergraduates and graduate students to participate in exchange and dual degree programs

HSE Builds Cooperation with Malta in Energy, Innovations and Education

On 22 September 2014 the Higher School of Economics hosted a delegation of young representatives of the public sector, science and business from Malta, headed by Aaron Farrugia, CEO of Malta Freeport Corporation Ltd.  Among other members of the delegation were Christopher Cutajar, Secretary of the Fgura Local Council, Roderick Formosa, First Secretary  of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta and Law professor at the University of Malta, and Joseph Muscat, Head of the Research Laboratory of Malta.