HSE will have the first “chair” for Eurasian economic integration

At the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies (CCEIS) of the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics of the Higher School of Economics (HSE) a  “Eurasian Sector” will be established. This statement was made on August 26, 2017 in Astana within as part  of the Eurasian Week business forum at the section “The role of the expert community, scientific and educational institutions in the development of Eurasian economic integration”, co-organized by the HSE and EEC.

The director of the Center for Eurasian Studies, Yuri Kofner, was appointed the head of the sector.

The Eurasian sector of the HSE is essentially a “chair” dedicated to the educational, staff and research support of the processes of economic integration in Eurasia (both within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union and as part of the “Greater Eurasian Partnership” concept). This is the first and so far the only “chair” in its kind in the entire post-Soviet space.

The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), a young and modern organization, is ready to cooperate with all universities in the respectice areas of integration. Thus, in cooperation with the EEC on the basis of the Higher School of Economics, a special course on Eurasian economic integration is already being conducted. The next lecture is scheduled for September 26, 2017.

“We are open to cooperation with all interested experts, universities and organizations. Especially we would welcome proposals for cooperation from our esteemed colleagues from Kazakhstan and from other member states of the Union.” The first deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov at the opening of the forum already stated that Russia recognizes Kazakhstan’s leadership in the Eurasian integration project and wants to see it as such”, Yuri Kofner said at the roundtable.

The Center for Eurasian Studies expresses its gratitude to Sergei Karaganov, dean, Faculty of World Economy and World Politics at the Higher School of Economics and Timofei Bordachev, director, CCEIS, HSE for their trust and support.

The Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies (CCEIS) was founded in October 2006 in the framework of the World Economics and International Affairs Faculty of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and the HSE’s Innovative Education Programme in order to foster the interaction between research, education and information analysis within the Faculty and the University.

The results of research represent one of the major sources of information for the Russian government and were repeatedly acknowledged by their heads and representatives. Thus, notably, the team keeps its leading positions in the expert discussion involving domestic and foreign experts, government and business representatives and focusing on the legal basis of relationships between Russia and the EU. The team also provides consultations to a number of Russian companies.


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