The founder and first Director of the Centre of Economic Performance at LSE, Emeritus Professor of LSE:"Progress of ICEF has been quite extraordinary from the situation where it didn’t exist 17 years ago to now, when it is the best undergraduate economics programme in Russia and has a really fine international faculty. This is an extraordinary achievement".
(from speech on the Graduation Ceremony)
"At one time, there was such a thing as “twenty-five-thousanders,” specialists who 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."2014
"Students of ICEF are among the highest achieving in the world in our University of London International Programme"
"We very much value a long-standing and fruitful relationship between HSE, ICEF, LSE and University of London. We in London particularly congratulate ICEF on the quality of students".2013
"I congratulate my colleagues at ICEF on the outstanding performance of the ICEF students in the University of London degree programmes. ICEF is a partnership between HSE and LSE, and it is an honor and a pleasure to work with the colleagues involved".
Dean of the University of London International Programmes (2007-2013):
"Now ICEF is affiliate as one of the small group of very select institutions which, we believe, provide very high educational standards. It is a very strong teaching institution indeed and it is attested to by the quality of the staff and the research culture here".2011
LSE Director (2003-2011):
"Initially, I read my colleagues’ reports on the results of the successful cooperation between the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) at our University with ICEF, and here in Moscow I had many interesting meetings and negotiations with the administration and staff of the College. I have got a very positive impression about the structure and educational strategy at ICEF, about its professors and graduates".
VTB24 President – Chairman of the Board, CEO:
"The Master's programme in the field of economics and finance in Russia is something that we could only dream about 5 - 7 years ago. There were big doubts that it is possible to create a Master’s programme in Russia equal to the leading Western schools; the fact, that the programme is implemented, is a huge success of ICEF".
"I am very pleased to see how ICEF has grown and become a major force in Russian Higher education. I am very glad that my colleagues at LSE have played an important part in its development".
“If I were a college entrant right now, I probably would have joined ICEF. This is a joint venture with the London School of Economics, entitling to a double diploma. Of course, other specialties at HSE also provide convertible diplomas, but being awarded diplomas of both one of the leading Russian and foreign universities provides a strong competitive advantage in the labor market” .
“The undergraduate degree at ICEF, with its unique double degree from both the University of London and HSE, is establishing an excellent reputation in the West as the foremost undergraduate degree in economics and related disciplines in Russia. It is at the same time playing an important role in the reintegration of Russian academic economics into the international mainstream”.
“We decided to open ICEF in order to learn from the British. The London School of Economics is one of the best academic institutions in the world. We shall put into practice those lessons which the Professors of the Higher School of Economics were given at ICEF.”