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HSE Campus in PermNewsHSE in Perm’s Success Home and Abroad

HSE in Perm’s Success Home and Abroad

Galina Volodina, Director of the HSE Campus in Perm, spoke about the results of this year of studies and research.

We’ve had some international achievements in research. For example, the International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy at HSE in Perm has become one of the winners of the Russian Science Foundation competition for the support of research teams headed by leading Russian and international scholars.  Only one application in economics was successful, and that was the application from Perm.

We are now working on creating an analytical information system, Monitor of Intangibles in Russian Companies (MIRC), which will help evaluate Russian companies’ competitiveness. International professors, such as Angel Barajas and Carlos Jardon (University of Vigo, Spain), Felix Iturriaga (University of Valladolid, Spain), and Dennis Coates (University of Maryland, USA) are carrying out research at the laboratory together with Russian colleagues.

We are very proud of our International Conference on Applied Research in Economics (iCare). This year’s event was the third and attracted participants from 12 countries, including Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and Indonesia. The key speakers were Jörg Oechssler, Professor at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, Michael Lamla, Professor at the University of Essex, UK, and Elisabetta Iossa, Professor at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. This event sparkled serious interest in the international academic community, and in 2016, the fourth iCare conference will take place at the University of Essex, Great Britain.

The Perm campus also successfully participated in the XVII April International Academic Conference in Moscow. Many lecturers and researchers from Perm attended the event and presented the results of their research at 14 sessions.

Our young lecturers are an inspiration to us all. Last year, Evgeny Ozhegov and Agata Lozinskaya (our graduate), researchers at the Group for Applied Markets and Enterprises Studies (AMES), as well as Alexey Gorodilov, lecturer at the Department of IT in Business, successfully defended their theses and received a degree of Candidate of Sciences.

Elena Shakina, Head of the International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy, defended a thesis at the University of Vigo, Spain, and got a PhD degree. This means that 7 staff members with international PhD degrees now teach and carry out research at HSE in Perm. And their number is growing every year. Last year, international academic contracts were signed with Aron Spencer (PhD in Management) and Sara Busse Spencer (PhD in Sociology).

Sofya Kulikova (PhD in neuroscience) and Alexey Buzmakov (PhD in information science), young researchers, joined the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Empirical Studies (Perm). They have already worked on a lot of interesting events for university and school students. For example, Sofya organized the Brain Awareness Week, and Alexey conducted a workshop on structured data formal notion analysis. Brain Awareness Week was a city-wide event for university and school students, researchers and everyone interested in cognition. Lectures and master classes by Sofya Kulikova attracted many residents of Perm and became important events in the city.

— Do students follow the lecturers’ example?

— Of course, they do. We take pride in our students. They are motivated and committed. They regularly win Russian and international competition in various areas.

This year, a team comprising of Dan Saraev, Dmitry Kashin and Sergey Ilyukhin, fourth-year HSE Perm economics students, took third place at Unilever Future Leaders’ League, the 4th international case competition that was held in London. Our students were the only team from Russia there.

Julia Shuchalova, student of the master’s programme in Information Analysis in Corporate Management, won the XII Student Research Projects Regional Competition UMNIK and is now developing an English-language publication service.

A team of HSE software engineering students represented the Urals Region in the ACM ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest) semi-finals. We believe that next year they will get into the finals and take one of the top places.

— The Higher School of Economics cooperates with many big companies. How does it help the students?

— Since its foundation, HSE in Perm has been developing cooperation with local, Russian and international companies, research centres and other institutions. The university’s partners include KPMG, Unilever, and Ernst&Young. Our students go there for internships, get letters of recognition, and build their careers with these employers.

— HSE students spend a lot of time on their studies and research. Do they have time for extracurricular activities?

— Our students are talented and successful in various fields. For example, management student Anastasia Kulbeda and her partner Dmitry Pleshkov won the gold medal at the World Dance Sport Competition.

The Duet Ensemble, including HSE Perm students Marina Malinina, Anastasia Kulbeda and Veronika Lisser, won silver at the World Dance Sport Federation World Championship in Germany.