HSE St. Petersburg: Today and Tomorrow
Professor Sergey Kadochnikov, Director of HSE St. Petersburg, summatizes the outcomes of 2016 for the university, its staff and students, and announces a strategy for the upcoming years.
Today, approximately 6% of the students at HSE St. Petersburg are international students with plans to graduate from our university. Another 2-5% are students who came to HSE as part of academic exchange programmes. In 2016, we signed cooperation agreements with 12 international universities, and now the campus collaborates with 40 partner universities.This academic year marks the first time we have enrolled students for the English-language double degree programme in Finance, which is offered in cooperation with University College London (UCL). Two bachelor’s programmes - Sociology and Social Informatics and Political Science and World Politics – began to be taught in English, which has created new opportunities for international students. As part of the Russian Language Federal Targeted Programme and with the support of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo), HSE’s administration made visits to Yerevan, Bishkek, Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Tallinn, Narva, and Kohtla-Järve in 2016. Researchers gave numerous presentations, master classes and workshops, establishing academic ties with a number of universities to support future cooperation. The winter and summer school programme at HSE St. Petersburg is undergoing strong development. The Summer School on Economics and Business in BRICS: Perspectives for Russia and China, which was held in August, brought participants from Italy, China, Morocco, Russia, and the Czech Republic. International Summer School 'The Topography of Imperial Power: The Political and Cultural Space of Saint Petersburg brought German students for the second year in a row. In 2016, a delegation of British students from the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Birmingham visited the HSE Centre for Youth Studies for the second time.
We owe a large part of our success to HSE’s excellent faculty. Six percent of staff members have doctoral degrees (PhDs) from leading international universities. The number of highly skilled professionals who work in our university is growing as the number of new educational programmes and disciplines also grows. In 2016, Boris Gasparov, Head of the Department of Comparative Literature and Linguistics at the St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities, joined HSE St. Petersburg. Matthias Battis started working as Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Historical Research of the St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Dr Ian Ferguson, a Scottish expert on international relations, joined the programme in Political Science and World Politics. Professor Hervé Moulin, Academic Supervisor of the International Laboratory of Game Theory and Decision Making, was elected to serve as Vice President of the International Game Theory Society (GTS). Elena Shakina, Head of the International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy, defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Vigo in Spain.
‘The Infrastructure of the Russian–Swedish Border in the Seventeenth Century’, a book by Adrian Selin, Professor in the Department of History, was published in 2016. A book by Ronald Grigor Suny, Leading Research Fellow at the Centre for Historical Research, ‘They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide’, won the Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize. Maria Lapina, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, received a prestigious prize named in honour of Professor Boris Ovsievich for fundamental economic and mathematical studies. We can be proud of our lecturers and students, whose achievements strengthen our university’s reputation. In 2016, we launched new Master's programmes, and in 2017, the updated Master’s programme in Comparative Politics of Eurasia will be launched in English.