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Two Russian universities join the Vi networkMoscow's State University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and St. Petersburg State University (SPSU) today became official members of the Vi network, bringing the number of core and affiliate member universities to 21 and 11 respectively.

The network's counterpart at HSE, the Institute for Trade Policy, works closely with Vi member Centre for Trade Policy and Law, Carleton University, in Canada, and was introduced to the Vi during a joint visit to Geneva.

SPSU's Department of World Economy became acquainted with the network in April, when the Vi hosted a study tour in Geneva for 12 postgraduate students and professors.

HSE, the core Vi member in the country, is among the top-three most prestigious universities in the country, and is the biggest center for socio-economical analysis. Its Institute for Trade Policy was founded in 2004 to provide research, consultancy and educational services in the areas of international trade and trade policy and multilateral trade regulation instruments.

HSE's member coordinators, Tatiana Isachenko and Oleg Savelyev, are both professors in the World Economy Department. Professor Isachenko (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) teaches courses related to European and Regional Integration, Russian Trade Policy and European Common Commercial Policy. Her research interests include Globalization and Regional Integration and Trade Policy of the Integration Blocks. Professor Savelyev (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) teaches State Regulation of Foreign Trade, Russian Trade Policy and International Trade Regulation (WTO). His research subjects are Trade Remedies and WTO accession.

St. Petersburg State University, which has joined as an affiliate member, comprises 21 faculties with more than 25,000 students, 2,000 of whom are at the postgraduate level. Its Department of World Economy is an educational and research entity of the Faculty of Economics established in 1996 following a merger of the Department of Foreign Countries’ Economies and the Department of International Economic Relations.

Vi coordinator, Sergey Sutyrin (sutyrin@hotmail.com) is Head of the Department of World Economy, and lectures in: Economics; History of Economic Thought; Introduction to the Theory of Taxation; International Economics; Introduction to the Theory of State Regulation of International Economic Activity; Commercial Diplomacy; and Russian Economy in Transition. His research focuses on modern trends in development of world economy.

The two Russian universities join Belarus State Economic University and Ukraine's Vadym Hetman Kiev National Economic University to represent transition economy countries in the Vi network.

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