Britain's Princess Anne to visit the Sochi Olympic Games

February 4, 2014 Interfax

Britain's Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II's daughter, has arrived in Russia for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Princess Anne is Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter, who has held the title of Princess Royal since 1987 - a title conferred on the reigning monarch's eldest daughter. Princess Anne participated in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal as a member of the British national equestrian team. She is president of the British Olympic Association and represents Britain in the International Olympic Committee.

Before goinh to Sochi, Princess Anne has visited the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow.

"Princess Anne's decision to visit the HSE suggests that the project is quite successful, much credit for which must be given to our colleagues, University of London professors," HSE President Alexander Shokhin told Interfax.

Princess Anne is Chancellor of the University of London whose School of Economics and Political Sciences, jointly with Moscow's Higher School of Economics, set up the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) of the National Research University Higher School of Economics in 1997.

Prince Anne's visit will further promote the ICEF's development and expand its educational programs, Shokhin said.

Princess Anne met with the HSE's senior officials, students, lecturers and ICEF graduates. The meeting was attended by HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov, ICEF Director Sergei Yakovlev and the ICEF project director at the London School of Economics, Richard Jackman.

The International College of Economics and Finance was founded as an autonomous division of the Higher School of Economics in cooperation with the London School of Economics. Its graduates receive HSE and University of London degrees. The Central Bank's former chairman, Sergei Dubinin, has been the ICEF's Supervisory Board president since the ICEF was founded.

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