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Fletcher School Signs Partnership Agreement With Russia’s Higher School of Economics

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (The Fletcher School) on Thursday concluded a new collaborative partnership agreement with the Higher School of Economics (HSE), one of Russia’s premier educational institutions. Dean of the Fletcher School Stephen Bosworth was joined by Sergei Karaganov, dean of the School of World Economy and International Affairs at HSE, at the signing ceremony.

Under the terms of agreement, the two institutions will be able to exchange research resources, especially faculty, students, and executive education. The Fletcher School’s innovative Master of International Business (MIB) program will serve as an effective model to help HSE build and launch a similar MIB degree in Russia. 

“The Fletcher School’s MIB degree is uniquely positioned to prepare graduates to step into positions of leadership and successfully cross borders of many kinds -- of countries and disciplines,” observed Dean Bosworth. “We are pleased to partner with HSE, which similarly sees the need for understanding the interconnections between business, geopolitics, and international economics.”

“One of the goals of the partnership is to leverage The Fletcher School’s experience in creating the MIB program at the HSE’s School for World Economy and International Affairs" said Dean Karaganov, a prominent Russian academic and political analyst who has previously worked as an advisor to presidents Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. "What sets the MIB program apart from a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program is its flexible combination of international relations, world economic and business processes. ”

“Russia has seen many MBA programs come up in the past decade, but the MIB program at HSE will be the first of its kind in the country,” said Irina Kratko, associate professor at HSE’s Department of World Economy, who will be heading the program. The two-year, interdisciplinary program, according to Prof. Kratko, will feature thirty to thirty-two students, combining traditional business skills with training in politics and international affairs.

“The Fletcher School and HSE’s School of World Economy and International Affairs share many missions, goals, priorities, and research interests,” said Prof. Kratko. “The MIB programs in these two schools are very well matched and can become a perfect area of win-win cooperation and partnership in academic and research frontiers they can both benefit from.”

Dorothy Orszulak, director of corporate relations for The Fletcher School’s Institute for Business in the Global Context, said the collaborative agreement would also utilize the partnership to deliver executive education programs that assist professionals -- particularly from multinational or multilateral companies and organizations -- in developing skills best suited to contexts involving emerging enterprises and cross-border capacity building.

As the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University has prepared leaders with a global perspective since 1933. The Fletcher School features a collaborative, flexible, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of international affairs, offering the keystone Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), Master of International Business (MIB), Master of Laws in International Law (LLM), as well as a PhD program and a combined residency and online-mediated program for mid-career professionals (GMAP).

The HSE, which as a “National Research University” is partly funded by the Government of the Russian Federation, was established in 1992. It was founded on the initiative of several leading economists and government reformers, with the goal of promoting economic and social reforms in Russia by educating a new generation of researchers and practitioners, and through production and dissemination of modern economic knowledge among Russian businesses and governments.

- Mike Eckel, MALD candidate F13

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