HSE Olympiads Come to Vietnam
The delegation consisted of Dr. Olga Eremina, associate professor, director of the Russian Language Center, Dr. Andrey Maksimov, department head and professor in the Department of Economic Theory and Econometrics in the Faculty of Economics at HSE Nizhny Novgorod, and Ms. Alina Ageeva and Ms. Maria Protasevich, managers in HSE’s international Admissions Office.
During the visit, the HSE delegation met with senior leaders at Hanoi International Vocational College, National Economics University (NEU), Academy of Policy and Development, Foreign Trade University (FTU), VNU HCMC University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, and Saigon University. At the Academy of Policy and Development and VNU HCMC University of Science, Dr. Maksimov delivered a lecture titled "Econometric Modeling of the Solow’s Model of Balanced Growth". At the Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, Dr. Eremina delivered a lecture on the importance of motivation in language learning followed by a master class titled "Why Is a Chair Called a Chair, and Other Interesting Stories on the Origins of Words". The master class was a combination of different methods of teaching vocabulary “in action” and was aimed at students majoring in Russian and considering working in Vietnamese schools as language teachers. The master class was followed by a Q&A session and the students thanked Dr. Eremina for her presentation.
The lectures which took place in Ho Chi Minh City were among the series of HSE schools called “Evolution of Russian education in social sciences, economics, and the humanities”. The series were held in different countries, inclduing Vietnam, under the Russian Language Federal Targeted Program.
Olympiad competitions were held at three schools, including the International School of Vietnam (ISV) and Trường THPT Quốc Oai. HSE staff tested students on their knowledge of Russian literature, history, geography, and culture, and awarded HSE souvenirs.
During the visit, it was apparent that there is strong demand in Vietnam for Russian education (both in English and in Russian) and great interest in creating long-term partnerships. Double-degree programmes and summer courses in Vietnam were discussed as possibilities in the near future.
This is HSE’s second visit to Vietnam in 2016. In April 2016, a HSE delegation met with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and universities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City over the course of a week. HSE will continue to build relationships with Vietnamese higher education institutions and organizations with the anticipation of increased cooperation in the coming years.
Olympiad participants can check the status of their results when they are announced online on January 20, 2017.