CEO, Chairman of the Executive Board, Sberbank
"Over the two decades of its existence, ICEF has earned a solid reputation as one of the most popular, respectable and highly competitive educational institutions, while also adhering to the highest of international standards. The college is world renowned for its very strong faculty and this is why it is so capable of training first-class specialists, who then join the ranks of a new generation of talented economists. I am certain that over the years to come, ICEF will continue to train top professionals, who will be able to make notable contributions to the development of economics in Russia".
President and Chairman of VTB24 Bank
"For VTB Group, our partnership with ICEF is one of the best investments of all time. At VTB Group, we employ many ICEF graduates and they are very good workers. I would also like to congratulate Sergey Yakovlev, Oleg Zamkov and other professors for developing human capital for Russia. I hope that ICEF maintains its position as a leading institution and will continue moving forward".2017
HSE Academic Supervisor
"ICEF serves as an internal benchmark for where HSE wants to be. We follow in your footsteps, relying on your long-standing cooperation with the London School of Economics. ICEF is a highly respectable institution, setting the standards for HSE’s further development".
Sir Christopher Pissarides,
LSE Professor, Nobel prize laureate
"ICEF has now established itself as a leading institution for research and education, and I congratulate you for this success. I'm very happy to see that the LSE has contributed to this success, but, of course, during the last 20 years, the main contributors have been its director Sergey Yakovlev and the LSE representatives, Richard Layard in the beginning and Richard Jackman of a much longer duration, and, once again, congratulations to all of you over there and best wishes for the next 20 years and beyond".2017
Chair of the ICEF Board of Trustees, Member of the Supervisory Council of VTB Group
"ICEF is now standing firmly on its own two feet. The main thing is that it adheres to very high standards. The fact that our graduates are in such high demand by employers is a very natural and pleasing outcome".
Rector of the New Economic School
"There is a good English term “coopetition”, which denotes something between “cooperation” and “competition”. And this coopetition with ICEF has proved to be very useful and beneficial for both our institutions".2017
HSE First Vice Rector
"HSE is an innovation-driven institution, which keeps coming up with new things and is always at the cutting edge. In this sense, ICEF plays a similar role – it is the “avant-garde” institution inside HSE that continues to lead the way".
Dean of the MSU Faculty of Economics
"ICEF is only 20 years old, but that’s quite a lot of time. It relies on the best practices from both the Russian and British educational traditions, and it has been able to establish a new academic culture and gain global recognition and an outstanding academic reputation. The Faculty of Economics at Lomonosov Moscow State University is closely associated with this anniversary since ICEF was the creation of its alumni. Moreover, although we may have our differences in terms of academic goals and objectives, we are nevertheless congenial and share the same academic values".2017
Rector of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
"The ICEF team endeavours to train a new type of professional, who is both qualified and possesses a keen moral capacity. Your former students are now experts and managers with very impressive qualifications, who are highly valued in business and public administration, both in Russia and internationally. And this clearly attests to the high profile and status of ICEF".
"From the earliest years of its existence, ICEF has been engaged in training excellent specialists, who are valued both on the Russian market and internationally. There’s no doubt that the excellent work of ICEF’s faculty, the diligence of its students, and the professionalism of its graduates deserve great praise and the respect of the public".2017
Lord Richard Layard,
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.”