Research Projects to be Presented at the First Sino-Russian Economics Cooperation Workshop
Sino-Russian Economic Cooperation Workshop "Economic Performance from Regional Aspects" organized by the HSE University Centre for Spatial Econometrics in Applied Macroeconomic Research and the Shanghai University School of Economics to be held on 5th November 2022 at 3 pm Shanghai time, 10 am Moscow time
Moderator: Professor Mao Yanbing, the head of the Foreign Affairs Department, SHU
Prof. Dr. Dmitry A. Veselov, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences, HSE University
Prof. Dr. Nie Yongyou, Deputy Dean of School of Economics SHU
Current projects of the Centre for Spatial Econometrics in Applied Macroeconomic Research
Project Based Learning at the Faculty of Economic Sciences
The Faculty of Economic Sciences have been utilizing a project based learning model for bachelor and master’s academic programs since 2020. Students’ collaboration from different academic programs and study levels in project teams ensures knowledge and skills transfer from project supervisors, instructors, faculty, research fellows and employers' representatives to students, as well as active experience exchange between the fellow teammates.
The faculty of economic sciences facilitates a unique collaborative environment where students with diverse academic backgrounds, researchers, faculty and employers exchange knowledge and skills. Project based learning enables students to fully immerse themselves in their field of study and gain work experience before they graduate, benefitting their future careers.
The innovative strategy of project based learning was first implemented by our faculty in 2020. Since then, project based learning has played a crucial role in both bachelors and masters students' academic careers. Since the program was first implemented the number of projects our students participated in tripled and continues to increase. Currently we are facilitating 158 projects and have 2000 student participants.
Project based learning improves communication between faculty, academic advisors and students. Students meet with faculty at research project seminars. Small group sizes enable students to receive individual instruction and build close professional relationships with faculty and peers. In addition to in person seminars students communicate with faculty via our online platform that we specifically developed for this program. This platform hosts all project data, enabling transfers between the projects, helps to schedule group meetings, and recruits new students to the project.
The project based learning program shapes our students’ entire academic career from term papers and elective courses to their graduate thesis. Today, the projects represent a new mode of students’ coursework, that includes term papers at early university years, and group graduate thesis assignments and completion available for the students of the Faculty of Economic Sciences since the last academic year. A key feature of the process is matching of a certain project with a choice of elective courses, successful mastering of which is required to successfully complete the project. Thus, projects become a foundation of shaping a study plan and an individual study track projected at desired academic objectives and a future career, as well as profession.
Project based learning enables students to gain hands-on experience, preparing them for the competitive job market. While students get to apply their academic knowledge they simultaneously develop soft skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication. This is a one in a lifetime opportunity to work with a potential employer while being fully supported by our faculty.