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HSE Tells CultFest Visitors and Participants about International Education

On the 16th of August, CultFest 2014 was held at Tavricheskiy Sad, St Petersburg, organised by the international student organisation AIESEC. In addition to serving as an academic partner for the event, HSE conducted a workshop on international education for visitors and participants.

On the 16th of August, CultFest 2014 was held at Tavricheskiy Sad, St Petersburg, organised by the international student organisation AIESEC. In addition to serving as an academic partner for the event, HSE conducted a workshop on international education for visitors and participants.

Olga Okulova, Director of the St Petersburg HSE Centre for International Cooperation, spoke about the objectives and advantages of international education, cross-cultural experience, and the concept of “global citizenship”.

Kseniya Boyko and Anastasia Polosukhina, students of the Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Management respectively, shared their personal experiences as exchange students at foreign universities.

Kseniya studied at Universität Mannheim, one of the best business schools in Germany and Europe, and told the workshop about the distinguishing features of studying there. The university itself is located within the Royal Palace, to the great pride of its students. Exams are held at the end of the semester, with virtually no testing in the interim, which demands a significant degree of self-organisation and responsibility. Teaching is conducted in both German and English. Kseniya highlighted the fact that there were many lecturers invited from a variety of countries.

Anastasia  spent a semester at the Audencia Nantes business school in France. This school of management is one of the few across the world to possess triple accreditation, from all three of the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Anastasia spoke about the ways in which her worldview changed through the experience, and how she gained many friends from different countries. The Audencia student club’s motto is “The World is My Country”, and Anastasia shared the sentiment as she studied with over 3000 students from 50 countries across the globe.