The 2014 Graduation Ceremony took place on September 11th at the official residence of the British Ambassador, in the presence of the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, Martin Harris. It was this year that ICEF awarded its thousandth diploma since its establishment 17 years ago.
Out of 121 students who graduated, 22 received first class, and 38 upper second-class honours degrees from the University of London. And 11 were awarded HSE diploma with honours (“red diploma”).
Additionally, 36% of ICEF graduates will continue into master's programmes abroad, and many of them have received scholarships to universities such as the London School of Economics, MIT, Oxford, Columbia University, and UCLA. Three graduates (one undergraduate and two masters) were admitted to PhD programmes at UCLA, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania.
The importance of international cooperation in the field of education and science was highlighted by Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Moscow, Martin Harris, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London Professor Sir Adrian Smith. "The embodiment of a line for the educational, economic, and culture integration of our country into Europe was the main achievement of ICEF graduates", according to VTB 24 President and CEO Mikhail Zadornov, who is also a member of HSE’s board of trustees.
Lord Layard said he was also certain that despite all difficulties and disagreements, Russian is culturally a European country and will eventually become part of a Greater Europe. In addition, HSE President Alexander Shokhin said ICEF should not stop after its first thousand graduates: "At one time, there was such a thing as 'twenty-five-thousanders' specialists that helped build socialism in rural areas. I hope that there will come a time when we will have our 25,000th graduate who will help build capitalism – not only in Russia, but on a global scale as well.”
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