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International Summer School on Higher Education 2024

Date: August 19 – 24, 2024

Place: Issyk-Kul lake, Kyrgyzstan

Submission deadline: May 31, 2024. 

Registration has been closed. Acceptance will be sent out after 15th of June 2024.


The Institute of Education, HSE invites applications for the upcoming International Summer School on Higher Education.  Our school aims both to provide insights into the most relevant issues in education studies and to discuss participants' own research projects and improve their research skills. 


The school is designed to strengthen the link between research and policy with its comprehensive structure, highlighted by its distinctive features:


Focus on essential concepts and innovative research ideas within higher education studies

Integration of theoretical knowledge with practical (policy) applications in research

Strong commitment to empirical research methods

Interdisciplinary approach, incorporating insights from multiple fields

International outlook, with faculty and participants from around the globe

Welcoming and supportive atmosphere that encourages successful academic careers

School program and schedule:

The school will cover the most prominent topics in contemporary higher education research, among them:

  • education-employment nexus, 

  • transformations of doctoral training, 

  • issues of inequality in higher education.

In addition to the three days dedicated to academic work, the school includes a welcome day and a cultural day. The cultural day is specially designed to acquaint participants with the unique aspects of Kyrgyz culture, offering a memorable experience alongside the academic offerings. Information about the cultural program will be shared in advance.

Each working day includes three basic elements:
  • Keynote presentation from faculty members (one or two presentations each day)

  • Methodology workshop, e.g. experimental studies and policy evaluation research, ethnography and action research, comparative research, new data sources (one each day).  

  • School participants' presentations and comments from the faculty.

English serves as the primary language for all activities.

Keynote speakers:
Fei Guo

Associate Professor; Deputy Director of the Division of Higher Education at Institute of Education, Tsinghua University (China)

Pradeep Kumar Choudhury

Assistant Professor of Economics at Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)

Evgeniy Terentev

Director of the Institute of Education, HSE University (Russia)

Lizhou Wang

Research Associate, The University of Tokyo (Japan)

Who can apply

Please note that we invite MA and PhD students as well as early-career researchers with up to 5 years of experience after completion of PhD to participate in the school.

How to submit an application: 

Proposals must not exceed 2,500 words (approximately four single-spaced pages). References, tables, and figures are not included in the word limit. The structure of proposals may include the following elements: Purpose of the paper, Design/methodology, Findings, Research limitations, Social and Practical implications, Significance of paper, 3-4 keywords, References.

Motivation letters must not exceed 700 words (approximately one single-spaced page).

All papers should be submitted in English.


The Summer School Committee will select participants and confirm acceptance in the middle of June.  


International Summer School on Higher Education has a participation fee of $300, which includes accommodation and meals for the entire school duration, participant package, welcome and closing buffets. Participants will cover their own travel costs. Visa support will be provided if necessary.

Should you have any questions regarding the Summer School, please contact us at ssonhe2024@gmail.com