Introducing the Haniel Spring School 2013

by: Julia Tantoh (Program Coordinator Eastern Europe)

The Brandt School’s Haniel Spring & Fall Schools in Eastern Europe:

Over the past few years, the Brandt School’s Haniel Spring & Fall School seminars have complemented the MPP-curriculum giving MPP-students a unique opportunity to participate in intensive week-long courses abroad. The seminars, which are organized in cooperation with local partners in the Eastern European region and generously supported by the Haniel Foundation, deal with highly relevant public policy topics and challenge MPP students to test and perfect their methodological and analytical skills in an intercultural context.

The first Haniel Fall Schools took place in the Russian capital Moscow in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, MPP students traveled to St. Petersburg. The 2013 Haniel Spring School will be held in Novosibirsk in Siberia. Thereby, the Haniel Spring & Fall Schools leave behind Western Russia and continue on to Russia’s West Siberian Plain.

Haniel Spring School 2013 “The Effects of Center-Local Relationships on Public Policy”

Novosibirsk is located in Western Siberia and is Russia’s third largest city with a population of nearly 1.5 million people. Founded along the Trans Siberian Railroad at the end of the 19th century, the city of Novosibirsk soon started to play an important strategic role in trade due to both its central location between Western Europe and Eastern Asia and its proximity to natural resources (furs, timber and precious metals). In the Soviet era, the city was promoted to become a center for industrial production and later for scientific research and education. As many places in the world today, the city and region of Novosibirsk faces the challenges of economic restructuring and socio-economic development.

Entitled “The Effects on Center-Local Relationships on Public Policy”, the 2013 Haniel Spring School deals with the questions of federalism, regionalization and regional development in Russia. Students will study the case of Novosibirsk to learn more about the motivation and nature of relations between the Russian center and its regions, the post-Soviet political developments of regionalization and re-centralization and the contradictions of regional socio-economic development today. They will meet with scholars and experts from politics, the economy and civil society and will conduct policy analyses of public policy problems which are evident in Novosibirsk. Excursions and cultural activities will complement the program.

The Haniel Spring School 2013 is organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and the International Office of the Novosibirsk State University and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Russia.