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Higher Education Summer School 2015

The Institute of Education at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (in Moscow), Graduate School of Education and China Institute for Educational Finance Research at Peking University invite early career researchers, institutional researchers, and doctoral students to apply to the upcoming 


The theme of the Summer School 2015 is


This Summer School is one of the two organized by the Institute of Education at HSE jointly with the Graduate School of Education, Peking University, one in Russia and one in China.

Previous two Summer Schools in 2013 and 2014 in St. Petersburg were organized solely by the Institute of Education at HSE.

For the 2015 Summer School in Russia, applicants with backgrounds in all relevant fields (sociology, economics, political science, education, public administration, management, psychology etc.) are encouraged to apply. The Summer School will take place on June 13-19, 2015 in St. Petersburg.

The aim of the International Summer School is to provide unique learning opportunities by bringing together both young and senior researchers of higher education. This exchange of perspectives will advance our understanding of higher education and foster the integration of young researchers into an international professional community. 

The Summer School 2015 is focused on the relationship of higher education and the state. Despite the marketization of higher education in many countries, the state maintains its crucial role in shaping higher education. The Summer School’s multidisciplinary perspective on higher education and the state will enable to analyze higher education in a larger socio-economic and political framework and connect changes in higher education with the transformations of the state, society and labour market.

Faculty and participants will discuss such issues as:

  • key concepts in higher education (human capital theory, markets in higher education, public and private goods in higher education etc.);
  • the changing nature of the state in a historical comparative perspective, and the new and fast moving dynamics of its relationship with higher education;
  • governmental policies on higher education, and their economic and political rationales in a comparative perspective;
  • the forms, effects (and limits) of market-reform policies and the government interventions;
  • the economic and social outcomes of higher education and their measurement;
  • university – government relationships and the issues of autonomy.

Confirmed faculty of the Summer School includes distinguished international researchers and experts in higher education with different professional backgrounds: Isak Froumin (Institute of Education, HSE), Simon Marginson (Institute of Education, UCL), Rong Wang (CIEFR, Peking University), Pedro Teixeira (Research Centre on Higher Education Policy (CIPES) and Faculty of Economics, University of Porto), Jussi Välimaa (Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvaskyla).

The format of the Summer School includes seminars, discussions of participants’ research projects, master-classes on research methodology and writing articles for academic journals.

The working language of the Summer School is English. Participants must have a strong command of spoken and written English.

The tuition fee of 250 EUR is covered by the organizers. Travel and participation fee are paid by the participants. Participation fee (includes lodging for 6 nights, three meals daily, coffee breaks, welcome and farewell dinners, a night guided tour in St. Petersburg and a guided tour in Ekaterina’s Palace) is 270 EUR for double accommodation and 350 EUR for single accommodation.

Fifteen scholarships will be provided to cover the participation fee for applicants selected on a competitive basis.

The deadline for applications is extended to March 27, 2015. Applications received after the deadline will be put on the waiting list.

Apply online, include

  1. A summary of your current research project dealing with higher education (you will be expected to present this at the Summer School), including the objectives of the study, its theoretical/conceptual framework, methodology/design, and significance (in English, 500-1000 words).
  2. A personal statement outlining and explaining your interest in the Summer School (in English, 300-500 words).
  3. Recent curriculum vitae detailing your education and work experience, publications and other professional activities.

The selection of Summer School participants will be made no later than March 31, 2015.

Information about the II International Summer School is here.

Questions could be addressed to Nelly Pavlova tel. +7 495-623-52-49,

The Organising Committee (HSE): Alexander Sidorkin (Dean of the Graduate School, Institute of Education, HSE); Anna Smolentseva (Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Education, HSE); Nelly Pavlova (Manager, Institute of Education, HSE).

You can also look through the booklet  Summer School-2015.

Summer School-2015 Programm 

The List of the Participants of the Summer School-2015

Faculty Presentations