Postgraduate Programs

On May 21, 2016, we invite you to participate in the Open Discussion “Challenges for the Cooperation Development in the Post-Soviet Space”, which will be organized under the Marie curie program "Power and Region in a Multipolar Order» (PRIMO)

The key speakers at the discussion:

  • Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti, PRIMO Fellow at the Middle East Technical University and visiting researcher at St. Petersburg State University, with the presentation on "Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union: boosting its influence in Armenia?” and
  • Jovid Z. Ikromov, Senior researcher at the Center for Strategic Research under the President of Tajikistan, with the report on “The impact of international labor migration from Central Asia on social and economic development of Russia”.

After the presentations will be a discussion with all participants. The working language is English. The time of the event is 10.00-11.00 a.m. The discussion will take place at St. Petersburg State University, 62 Chaikovskogo str., room 421.

Miklos Lazar, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, has undertaken an academic secondment at St. Petersburg State University

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PRIMO Methods Training Workshop SPbU April 20-24

The global PhD programme PRIMO "Power and Region in a Multipolar Order"

The Faculty of Economics, SPbU, has launched research activities under the international Marie Curie program "Power and Region in a Multipolar Order» (PRIMO). As a result of competitive selection, Martin Pioch, a German citizen, will conduct research at the Department of World Economy on the project: "Emerging powers in the IMF and the WTO: group hegemony, multilateral cooperation or Westphalian reassertion" under the supervision of Prof. Sergei Sutyrin. From October, 15, 2014, Martin Pioh has been employed as trainee researcher at SPbU. The research will result in publications and defense of the PhD thesis in English at Saint Petersburg State University.

The international Programme PRIMO was developed with the support of the European Commission in the framework of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network. The Marie Curie program aims to increase the human role in research, increasing the number of young researchers and experts. The PRIMO project contributes to the establishment and strengthening of international research relations, creating a network of efficient international scientific collaboration between universities and research organizations from around the world. PRIMO is one of the few Marie Curie programs received support in the field of humanities.

The international program focuses on the role of regional powers such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) in international politics and the global economy. It is a postgraduate training at the PRIMO Universities, combining integrated training workshops and internship opportunities across the network with career opportunities in academia or the private sector. The project duration is 3 years. The project funding in SPbU accounts for 240 thousands of euros.

PRIMO unites leading Universities in national education systems with significant positions in international rankings:

  • University of Hamburg, Germany (coordinator)
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, Germany
  • Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

The PRIMO associated partners are Jaguar Land Rover, Deutsche Bank, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, and European Council on Foreign Relations.

PRIMO Coordinator at St. Petersburg State University: Associate Professor of the World Economy Department, Dr. Alexandra Koval, e-mail:

PRIMO website:

More information on PRIMO at the World Economy Department  website: 


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