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HSE University − St Petersburg to Host the International Economics Olympiad

On July 24-July 31, the second annual International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students will be held in St. Petersburg. The IEO is organized and hosted by HSE University with the support of Sberbank.

The competition will host 29 teams of high school students aged 16-18 (with no more than 5 students and 1-2 supervisors per team) from 24 countries including Austria, Brazil, China, Kazakhstan, India, Spain, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA, and others. The teams advancing to the IEO are those who won national competitions on economics and financial literacy in their home countries.

The acting governor of St. Petersburg, Alexander Beglov, and HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov are expected to attend the opening ceremony of the competition.

The Olympiad will last one week and will consist of three rounds, each with its own topic: financial literacy, economics, and business cases. The first two rounds are individual, while the third one is a group round. The winners of the individual and team competitions are determined by the results of all three rounds.

All winners of the Olympiad, regardless of the country they represent, will have the opportunity to enroll in any HSE Economics programme in 2020 with a full tuition scholarship.

Dr. Eric Maskin, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and 2007 Nobel Prize laureate in economics, heads the Olympiad’s Board of Trustees. At the opening ceremony, Dr. Maskin will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Introduction to the Theory of the Design of Mechanisms’.

This year, the Olympiad will be held in the unique architectural setting of the early 20th-century Kochubey Centre in St. Petersburg.

The first International Economics Olympiad for high school students was held in Moscow on September 14-21, 2018. 65 students from 13 countries participated in the competition. Taking first place, Latvia won the gold, Russia took silver, and Kazakhstan and Brazil tied for bronze. Individual gold medals were awarded to 10 students, two of which were from Russia—Semen Tabanakov and Sergey Kylchik.