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‘You’ve worked hard and succeeded!’

Coinciding with its twentieth anniversary, a record-breaking year sees 200 students graduating from ICEF

Written by By Peter Quinn |

Graduating students and guests in Moscow
Graduating students and guests pictured at the British Ambassador's residence in Moscow

As graduates of HSE and the University of London, you are responsible for using your expertise for the benefit of those who are deprived of such opportunities

On 15 September, ICEF HSE graduates received their degrees at a ceremony held at the residence of the British Ambassador to Russia. ICEF celebrated its anniversary by conferring more diplomas than ever before – 200 students graduated this year!

According to ICEF Director Sergey Yakovlev, around 1,500 students have graduated from ICEF HSE in its 20 years of existence. These graduates now live and work in 88 cities and 35 countries. This year, the total number of graduates was unprecedented: 171 students completed the double degree Bachelor’s programme and 29 graduates of the Master’s programme, which is being implemented jointly with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

In 2016-17 academic year, 57% of undergraduate students received first and second upper class honours degree certificates from the University of London, which attests to the high level of their training.

As usual, ICEF graduates are already charting their plans for the future. Traditionally, some of them will continue their studies in Master’s programmes at leading universities around the world. ICEF is proud to announce that between 2001-2017, over 500 graduates from ICEF Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes continued their studies abroad (about 35%), while over half of them are enrolled at Top 50 global universities. This year’s ICEF graduates have already received job offers from well-known multinationals in various key segments: consulting services, productive industries, finance and IT.

“Each of you deserves a lot of praise,” said Sergey Yakovlev, speaking to ICEF graduates at the opening of the awards ceremony. “You have worked hard and succeeded! You have mastered a complex programme, which will open up new career prospects for you in any segment of the global economy.”

The ceremony is traditionally held at the residence of the British Ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, who has referred to the ICEF HSE Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes as an “excellent example of a joint effort by the educational systems” of both countries.

"The achievements of these students testify to the sustainable success of the LSE and HSE joint project."

“We live in a world of uncertainty and constant change – this concerns both what I am engaged in and what you will be engaged in pretty soon,” Laurie Bristow told the students. “To this end, what really matters now is not only your academic knowledge, but your personal qualities, including one’s flexibility, creativity, leadership skills, ability to adapt in a changing world, and not simply following the changes,” he said.

In his address to the graduates, HSE President Alexander Shokhin said: “It is not only knowledge that stays with you, but also the ties and relations with your new friends. I hope that you will hold on to this legacy for many years and remember the university and ICEF as your home.”

Speaking before the graduates, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Professor Sir Adrian Smith (pictured left), commented on the importance of how knowledge is generated, distributed and effectively used in today’s world with respect to further development in economic, technological and social terms.

According to Professor Smith, universities must teach their students relevant skills that are needed for understanding the complexity of today’s ongoing changes. This is necessary not only for their personal success but also to help students to make contributions to solving the most pressing challenges. “The University of London is proud to enhance talent development initiatives across the world,” Professor Smith said.

LSE sets high standards of education, and ICEF students have proved that they can fully meet these standards, noted LSE Pro-Director Paul Kelly (pictured right). He said: “The achievements of these students testify to the sustainable success of the LSE and HSE joint project. You are lucky to get such an education, and I wish you use this chance for your own benefit, as well as for the benefit of your families, your country and colleagues. Talk about LSE and ICEF whenever you have an opportunity. And, if you become well-off, do not forget to support students and universities.”

“As graduates of HSE and the University of London, you are responsible for using your expertise for the benefit of those who are deprived of such opportunities,” noted Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Dr Mary Stiasny (pictured below left), adding: “I urge you to do your best on a personal, local, national and international level.”

HSE First Vice Rector Vadim Radaev noted that ICEF remains a good example and a pioneer in many initiatives that have been expanded at the University-wide level. “The ICEF team, including Sergey Yakovlev, Oleg Zamkov, all faculty and staff of the College, have done a great job for these past 20 years.

“They have developed the best degree programmes at the University. I would like to thank our British partners who have provided invaluable support to this project for all these years, and also to Sergey Dubinin and Alexander Shokhin, who have promoted it in Russia.

“We have kept track of your predecessors,” he added. “They have pursued different careers, but all of them have become quite successful. I wish you all the best and every success.”

  • This is an edited version of an article that first appeared on the ICEF website and is reprinted here with kind permission.
  • ICEF is an Affiliate Centre for the University of London International Programmes.
  • Find out more about studying for a University of London degree in Russia.