Mason’s Academic Relationships with Top Russian Universities Solidify

Posted: February 16, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: February 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Mason has always had good academic relationships with various Russian universities, says Sergei Andronikov, director of Russian programs at Mason. But last December these relationships moved to a different level.

Mutual visits, signed agreements on research and teaching collaboration, and elaboration of joint academic programs brought these relationships to fruition.

  • In December 2009, 13 Russian graduate students from Moscow State University (MSU) School of Economics came to Mason for 10 days of training and earned a certificate in monetary economics and financial management.
  • Last week another group of 23 MSU undergraduate students of economics successfully earned Mason certificates in monetary economics and policies.
  • Also last week, the first cohort of dual degree undergraduate students from MSU arrived. They were accompanied by a Russian professor of macroeconomics who started the classes last Monday. In spite of Mason’s closing due to inclement weather, they were in class throughout the week.
  • Last December, Dan Houser, chair of the Economics Department, spent a couple of weeks at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow giving lectures, presenting seminars and exchanging research and academic program development ideas with HSE colleagues.
  • In January, Mason hosted exchange visits from Vice Dean of HSE Kirill Bukin and Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Saint Petersburg State University (SPSU) Dmitri Lanko. Mason’s Public and International Affairs Department (PIA) hosted Lanko, who gave several open lectures, participated in three seminars and initiated several collaborative research  projects. The creation of a dual master in economics program between Mason and HSE was one of the many outcomes of Bukin’s visit to Mason. The program is expected to begin in fall 2010.
  • This month, the Mason Philosophy Department will host Boris Kashnikov, a HSE professor of philosophy. He is scheduled to teach several undergraduate and graduate courses at Mason.
  • In March, Mark Katz, PIA, and John Dale, Sociology, will pay a visit to HSE; Fran Harbour, PIA, will visit SPSU. They will teach several courses and give open seminars to HSE and SPSU students and faculty.

Andronikov comments, “The true collaborative activities between Mason and the leading Russian universities have successfully started. Leveraging the thriving academic partnership with MSU, SPSU and HSE — top Russian universities — Mason has also initiated and successfully launched a unique dual degree undergraduate academic program in economics and management, and is ready to open a new dual master in economics and international affairs program. These programs, in addition to enhancing a cultural framework between U.S. students and faculty and Russian students and faculty, also provide opportunities for taking on joint educational and research opportunities.”

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