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National Research University Higher School of Economics


The Higher School of Economics is a research university that carries out its mission through research, instruction, design, expert analysis, as well as social and cultural activities based on international academic and organizational standards. We see ourselves as part of the global academic community and believe that international partnerships and interaction among global universities are key elements of our advancement. As a Russian university, we work for the benefit of Russia and its citizens.

The basis of our activity lies in theoretical and empirical research and the spread of knowledge. Without compromising the quality of research or limiting the teaching of basic scientific knowledge, we strive to make a practical contribution in building a new Russia.

Our university is a team of researchers, staff members and students. We have an internal commitment to maintaining high academic standards in our activities, and we strive to provide the most favourable conditions for each of our team members to develop.

Although we hold different positions on both past and contemporary problems, we are united by the following values:

  • Pursuit of truth;
  • Cooperation and interest in one another;
  • Honesty and openness;
  • Academic freedom and political neutrality;
  • Professionalism, self-discipline and responsibility;
  • Active public position.

The National Research University Higher School of Economics is:










Expert analysis and development of state-run programmes and strategies, as well as completion of analytical projects commissioned by large companies

All levels of academic instruction – from lyceum up to advanced postgraduate study A wide range of academic subjects – instruction not only in economics and other social sciences, but also in the humanities, engineering and computer science

Russia’s largest intake of undergraduate and graduate (Bachelor’s and Master’s) students receiving state-funded education 

Basic and applied research (on topics ranging from history to engineering and space) in over one hundred research institutes, centres and laboratories

One of the highest levels of first-year entrants in the country

Support for students and instructors to carry out entrepreneurial initiatives

A learning process intertwined with research work

Cooperation agreements, exchange programmes, and double degree programmes with universities around the world International laboratories overseen by leading international scholars

The Faculty of Mathematics ranks in the Top 100 worldwide for quality of undergraduate education and research 

Students at the HSE’s International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) routinely demonstrate the best performance on final exams among all participants in the University of London distance programme

Charity and community projects run by students and alumni

Electronic subscriptions to Russian and foreign academic journals and major databases (EBSCO, JSTOR, and many more)

Modern, apartment-like dormitories for out-of-town students

Dozens of student organizations, including sports, historical dance and English language debate clubs


History of the HSE


Higher School of Economics established


First student intake: 65 Bachelor’s students and 92 Master’s students


Nizhny Novgorod campus opened


International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) opened jointly with the University of London


St. Petersburg and Perm campuses opened


First HSE April International Academic Conference held


National Research University status granted

International Advisory Committee established, headed by Nobel laureate Eric Maskin


The Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM) joins with the HSE


Victory in the 5/100 competition to improve the international competitiveness of Russian universities 


HSE starts structural reforms aimed at introducing new educational standards that emphasize greater independence in student work and are in line with leading international practices

The HSE and Yandex open new Faculty of Computer Science

Education: More than Economics

The HSE was established as an economics university, and its first faculties primarily trained economists, managers and sociologists. But modern education in the social and economic sciences is interdisciplinary in nature, with educational and research discoveries and breakthroughs taking place at the crossroads of different disciplines and sciences. World famous universities such as MIT and Caltech base their models on cooperation between economics, engineering and the humanities; the HSE has embarked on the same path. 


Total number of students


Lawyers and philosophers have been at the university for quite some time. A little later, the HSE launched a programme in history. History students are given a broad education in the humanities, which allows them to work not only in their fields but also in organizations that study and analyze social development. In 2014, the HSE began offering instruction in art history. The HSE’s Orientalists (specialists in China, Japan, Korea and the Arab world) can also be viewed as historians, cultural studies scholars, philosophers and political scientists.

When the Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics joined the HSE, future specialists in electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer security and space technology joined the ranks of HSE students. Together with Yandex, the university opened a faculty of computer science whose students focus on programming engineering, data analysis and issues related to artificial intelligence. They also solve fundamentally new research challenges in the areas of big data and information search.

Fundamental and Applied Linguistics is an area of studies that has been established at the intersection of mathematics and the humanities. At the same time, however, the university also offers instruction in classical philology. Knowledge of computer technologies will be of use to future journalists, which is why the HSE provides courses on digital media. The whole process for training graphic, interior, web and other designers at the HSE is tied together with projects carried out under the guidance of leading figures in Russia’s design industry.

The HSE’s Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning pursues its own form of spatial design. Currently the only research and educational centre in Russia that trains specialists in the spatial development of cities and regions, the school also carries out basic and applied research in urban studies. 


Before 2014, the HSE had approximately 40 faculties and schools. In the spring of 2014, structural reforms led to the creation of ‘big’ faculties resembling the institutes that make up many universities around the world, including other Russian universities. 

This restructuring was not about enlarging existing faculties and schools, but about joining them into thematic clusters. The ‘big’ faculties will include departments and schools, as well as research centres and departments of continuing education.

‘Big’ faculties that are made up of departments will manage educational programmes.

The new university structure is part of the roadmap aimed at improving the HSE’s global competitiveness.

Undergraduate Education

Total number of undergraduate students (summer 2013)
  • Independent work beginning in the first year under the guidance of a supervisory instructor
  • Opportunities to obtain several degrees immediately assuming high grades and active participation in university life
  • Opportunities to pursue laboratory and group-based research
  • Mandatory completion of an internationally recognized English-language proficiency certificate
  • Participation in international academic conferences alongside leading global scholars
  • Participation in exchange programmes with the HSE’s partner universities in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hungary, Germany, Japan, South Korea, the U.K., the U.S. and other countries
  • Opportunities to work as paid research assistants
  • Access to one of the largest university libraries in Russia

Graduate Education


areas of study


master’s programmes


programmes taught in English

  • Opportunities to change area of specialization
  • Participation in international internships and student exchanges
  • Participation in double-degree programmes with leading foreign universities
  • Opportunities to work as paid research assistants or instructors
  • Participation in research and design work in the HSE’s laboratories and research institutes


International Education and Double-degree Programmes

The Higher School of Economics works closely with leading foreign universities, business schools and research centres.


Educational partners of the HSE

Degree from the University of London and ICEF

Since 1997, the Higher School of Economics and the London School of Economics and Political Science (a division of the University of London) have been carrying out a project unique to Russian education.  Instruction at the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF), entirely in English, is offered in programmes selected by the HSE’s U.K. partners. Graduates of the ICEF’s Bachelor’s programme receive two degrees – from the HSE and the University of London. Graduates from the ICEF Master’s programme receive a degree from the HSE and an official certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Instruction at the ICEF is tuition-based.

Advanced Postgraduate Study

The Higher School of Economics is the first Russian university to adopt a system of postgraduate schools in separate academic areas, which set out common standards of research and dissertation preparation. Another task of the postgraduate schools is to foster horizontal connections between postgraduate students, as well as practices for exchanging ideas.


Total number of postgraduate students (all campuses, 2014)


Nine postgraduate schools have been established at the HSE in the following fields:

  • Education
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Philology
  • Sociology
  • Management

It is no secret that many Russian postgraduate students begin their studies purely for the sake of formality. Since they are employed full-time, no time is left for research. HSE postgraduate students take research seriously, and the university offers future researchers a special academic postgraduate programme, or ‘full-time advanced postgraduate study’. Students undertaking this programme are expected to focus completely on academic work. They receive a monthly stipend of RUB 30,000 and have opportunities for employment (to earn additional income) in one of the HSE’s research divisions.

The academic postgraduate programme is distinguished by:

  • Full-time engagement and participation in the university’s research projects
  • Pairing with a co-advisor selected from the ranks of the university’s foreign researchers
  • A mandatory internship at one of the HSE’s foreign partner universities

Master in European Business programme from HSE International Institute of Administration and Management offers an internationally recognized business degree.

Continuing Professional Education

  • 18 areas of study
  • More than 600 educational programmes
  • More than 18,000 students

Shortly after the Higher School of Economics was founded, educational programmes were established for adults who needed to receive advanced vocational training, occupational retraining, or a second degree in the area of management, finance, marketing, human resources management, or accounting. In 1999, admissions opened for the first group of МВА (Master of Business Administration) students, which was followed by programmes in business informatics, practical psychology, and corporate governance. Following the merger of the State Academy of Investment Specialists (GASIS) with the HSE, programmes in construction and municipal services became available to studentts.

The divisions of the HSE that offer continuing education programmes work closely with the university’s faculties, research centres and laboratories. They recruit highly qualified instructors with experience in business and consulting to teach students in these programmes.

Today the Higher School of Economics offers the following continuing professional education programmes:

  • advanced vocational training
  • occupational retraining
  • MBA (Master of Business Administration)
  • EMBA (Executive Master of Business Administration)
  • DBA (Doctor of Business Administration)


A diploma from the Higher School of Economics guarantees that the graduate will be in demand on the job market. It also provides for rapid and successful career growth in Russian and international companies.


Which organizations do the HSE graduates work in? Survey of graduates from HSE undergraduate, specialist’s and master’s programmes in 2013, %


The HSE Alumni Association brings together everyone who has ever studied at the Higher School of Economics, upholds the university’s traditions, and allows for former classmates to stay connected. HSE alumni participate in the university’s seminars and conferences and have free access to the resources of the HSE’s library. In addition, alumni hold their own events, hire new HSE students for internships at their companies, and receive a discount in the university’s continuing education programme. The Alumni Association also organizes the HSE Alumni Awards ceremony. In 2013, around 2,000 guests attended the ceremony.

In 2014 HSE Department of Pre-university Studies announced the first admissions session for foreign applicants

HSE and Schoolchildren

The HSE works with pupils from Russian schools at all levels. There are numerous online and offline courses as well as olympiads in various school subjects for Russian schoolchildren. At the HSE’s Lyceum in Moscow, lessons are conducted by teachers from the university. The lyceum has a specialized curriculum. Depending on students’ preferences, they are offered courses in one of six areas of focus: socioeconomics, mathematics and informatics, the humanities, law, oriental studies or design.

More than 1,000 individuals study in the HSE’s Faculty of Pre-University Education in programmes for grades 7-11. Here, students go through a basic, beginner’s education course at the university and prepare for entrance exams. Students of the faculty are offered various educational tracks, including socioeconomics, humanities, and technology. Since 2014 foreign applicants can also join the preparatory programme at the faculty. The programme is conducted in Russian. However, there are intensive courses of Russian as a Foreign Language available for foreign participants.

Konstantin Sonin, Professor 

In 2014, he became the first Russian academic in 18 years to publish in the Journal of Political Economy, one of the oldest and most prestigious journals in economics.

Research and Publications


research institutes and centres


international laboratories 


The HSE operates more than 100 research institutes and centres, and more than 20 international laboratories led by foreign scholars.

The number of research staff has grown from around 100 to almost 800 over the last ten years. 

Basic research aims to develop social sciences and make use of the university’s research potential to solve key social and economic problems. All research projects, both in the stage of development and following their completion, pass through a system of independent, external review. From 2006 to 2013, the total number of projects grew by a factor of more than 10. Most of these projects concern health care, education, social welfare, microeconomics, and economic and technological development.

Applied research has allowed the university to build a strong model for collaboration between academia, business and society. By commercializing research innovations and forecasts, and by completing projects commissioned by state institutions, state-owned companies and private business, the HSE has become one of the largest research and innovation centres in the country in the social and economic sciences.

Monitoring studies, carried out by the HSE serve as a source of relevant information for state agencies, the mass media and other researchers. Among the most commonly cited are Monitoring the Business Climate for the Real and Service Sector Enterprises, the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS), and Monitoring Enrollment in Russian Universities.


Expert Support

The university has initiated and developed a number of regional social and economic programmes.

Samara Region · Tula Region · Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District
The HSE has developed comprehensive regional development strategies

Moscow ·Tambov Region · Tyumen Кegion · Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District · Kamchatka Region
The HSE has developed a number of regional social and economic programmes

The HSE has become a leading centre of expert analysis for the Russian government and Russia’s president. The university contributes to the drafting of legislation, government programmes and policies at both the federal and regional level.

The HSE provides analytic support to 10 government commissions and more than 30 government working groups. In 2013, a long-term forecast was developed for Russia’s scientific and technological development to 2030.

Experts from the HSE have participated in a number of comprehensive projects, including:

  • Strategy for socio-economic development of Russia toward 2020
  • Social and economic development strategy for Moscow up to 2025
  • Russian long-term science and technology foresight - 2030
  • Government programmes to develop education, science and technology
  • Innovative development programmes for state-run corporations

The Higher School of Economics takes part in several international scientific and technical cooperation projects and is a partner of organizations such as the OECD, G20, BRICS, UNESCO, UNIDO and others. 


In 2012, Carol Scott Leonard, Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, was the first foreign professor to head an HSE department. 


Nobel laureate Eric Maskin heads the International Advisory Committee, comprising nine of the most influential foreign specialists in education and economics, who oversee implementation of the university's development strategy.

The HSE in the Global Academic Space


foreign instructors



The Higher School of Economics was the first state university in Russia to recruit specialists on the international academic labour market. HSE’s Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) regulates all the main hiring procedures for international recruitment and coordinates the activities of internal and external experts under search and selection committees in each discipline. 

The HSE regularly hosts academic discussions in which international experts take part. The most notable event is the annual April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development. Researchers from Russia and abroad attend alongside heads of the Russian government, Russian Presidential Administration, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, as well as the major Russian and foreign companies.

Since October 2012 HSE participates in the implementation of the EUNEG TEMPUS Joint Project 'European Neighbourhood Policy Law and Good Governance (EUNEG)'. The project supports the development of higher education reform in partner countries (Russia, Ukraine and Moldova), through cooperation with EU and in convergence with Bologna process and with EU developments deriving from the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in education and training (ET 2020) and Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (Europe 2020). 

Innovation and Business

The HSE not only researches innovation, it creates a multi-level infrastructure for its development:

  • Educational programmes in the field of innovation management
  • Incentives and support for start-ups and other entrepreneurial initiatives by students, alumni and instructors
  • Aid in registering intellectual property rights and commercialization of university staff members’ intellectual property
  • Organizing a platform for interaction between aspiring entrepreneurs and venture capital investors 

Business Incubators have been opened at the HSE’s Moscow and Perm campuses, and the Nizhny Novgorod campus features the Centre for Entrepreneurship. These organizations teach residents effective methods of building business, provide expert support for their projects, and help to attract investment and partners.

The HSE Innovation Centre works to commercialize the intellectual property of university staff members, forms a belt of innovative HSE ‘subsidiaries’, and helps to attract outside investment and partners for their projects. 

Foundation for Support to Innovative Entrepreneurship




small businesses


million roubles revenue 


Venture Kitchen, a joint project with the HSE Innovation Centre, RusBase and Russian Venture Company (RVC), has become a new web-based platform for venture capital investors. It offers a number of options, including the opportunity to search a database of potential projects and start-ups and receive information on marketing research and venture educational programmes.

A University Open to the City

A university is not only an educational and academic campus; it is a source of new and bright ideas, as well as projects that establish a city’s social and cultural space. The HSE holds an array of interesting events within the walls of the university that are open to anyone. The university also creates new platforms for communication, discussions and overall fun celebrations in the city.

HSE Events and Invitations

  • Professors’ Wednesdaysevery week on Myasnitskaya, HSE’s Professors’ Club holds classical, jazz and folklore concerts. Professors’ Wednesdays can fall on any day of the week depending on the musician’s tour schedule.
  • More Important than Politics is a project that was created in 2007 on the initiative of HSE Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin. Each month, famous writers, social commentators, film directors, academics and social figures discuss various topics related to culture, traditions, history and human values with HSE students and guests. In addition, individuals from the HSE meet with students from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Moscow State University, and the School-Studio. Along with Evgeny Yasin, the director of the State Literary Museum, Dmitry Bak, also conducts the meetings.
  • Fans of Documentary is the HSE’s club called is an educational project that introduces viewers to the lesser-studied sides of life in contemporary Russian and European society. The head of the meetings is Grigory Libergal, the vice president of the Guild of Documentary Film and Television.

HSE in the City

  • HSE Lectorium – The university’s best instructors hold open lectures in economics, sociology, history, philosophy, literature, psychology and engineering at various locations in the city – at Gorky Park in the summer and in Moscow museums during the winter.

The University in the Media Landscape

News resources

  • The HSE website contains all the information you need about the Higher School of Economics – from admissions guidelines to staff member biographies, from course syllabi to financial reporting. It also contains the most recent news on what’s taking place at the university along with interesting event announcements.
  • High School Press (in Russian) gives you the ability to take a student’s view not only on the HSE but also on social, political and cultural life in Russia and beyond.
  • Economics. Sociology. Management (in Russian) is a national educational website that gathers information concerning both development of university education and preparing for university admissions. Upper-class students learn more about professions and educational programmes, educators exchange ideas and share experience, and researchers are able to delve into a full-text catalogue of Russian social and economic journals.

Expert and analytical resources

  • Open Economy is one of the oldest analytical media sources on the Russian internet. In addition to daily news, OPEC.RU regularly publishes reviews and texts adapted from social and economic research. Leading publications on business, society and politics (e.g., Vedomosti, Forbes, RBC-daily, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, use OPEC.RU materials to prepare their articles.
  • Demoscope Weekly (in Russian)  is an electronic publication issued by the HSE’s Institute of Demography every two weeks. It contains news and analysis on demographic processes and migration; inter-ethnic relations; issues facing women, children and vulnerable groups of citizens; and changes in living standards in Russia and other countries.  A ‘population counter’ always displays the exact population of the world on the current date.

170 000+


are available via HSE electronic subscription

HSE Publishing house and library resources

  • The HSE publishes more than 20 academic journals in print and electronic format, many of which are listed as leading peer-reviewed scientific publications by Russia’s Higher Attestation Commission. As a result, the HSE’s postgraduate students receive greater opportunities to publish the results of their research. Several HSE journals are starting to be published in English and are indexed in international citation bases like Web of Science and Scopus.
  • The HSE Library has one of the most extensive collections of electronic resources in Russia. Through subscription to primary international databases, HSE students and staff members have access to the archives of leading academic journals dating from the late nineteenth century to today.
  • HSE Publishing House, founded in 2000, has become one of the largest university publishers in Russia.  More than 50 books with a total print run of more than 170,000 copies have been published in the HSE Textbooks series. Sixty-four books have been published as part of a series of monographs on social and economic sciences, including everything from Economic Theory to Cultural Research. The works of leading Russian researchers are presented along with works by well-known international scholars.  All books can be purchased at the HSE Bookstore on Myasnitskaya Ulitsa. They can also be ordered online through the HSE Publishing House website.

Crow is considered a symbol of the Higher School of Economics



For many years the crow has been considered a symbol of the Higher School of Economics. The artist Anna Arenstein came up with it in 1996 to illustrate a new informational booklet about the HSE. The crow can now be found on any HSE souvenir, and it has also become a symbol of the university's annual awards.

Golden Vyshka

The ceremony to award the main university prize dates back to 2001. The number and names of nomination categories have changed over time, but the prize has always been given to the best teacher, best researcher, best graduate and to people who have made the most significant contribution to the university’s development. Award winners are determined by a vote of the Board of Tenured Professors and receive a statuette of a golden crow.

Iron Egg

In 2004, HSE students inaugurated the annual award to answer the eternal question: what comes first - the chicken or the egg? The Iron Egg recognizes the best student projects and achievements in different areas - from sports to charity and volunteer work.


Coinciding with the HSE’s twentieth anniversary in 2012, this celebration was expanded for the first time to combine Freshman Day, an alumni reunion and HSE faculty open houses. Since all open-air events were held in Gorky Park, HSE Day became a true city celebration that was open to everyone.


The graduation ceremony is the youngest tradition at the HSE, whose alumni base is becoming larger and larger. Bringing together all graduates in 2013 required one of the biggest sites in Moscow – Luzhniki Stadium.

Konstantin Sedov, a graduate of HSE’s Faculty of Law, founded Hospital Clowns, a non-commercial organization that helps rehabilitate children using non-traditional therapeutic methods

Charity and Community Projects

Charity and volunteer work bring together students, alumni and employees of the Higher School of Economics. Many projects that began as smaller student initiatives now have dozens of participants from the HSE and beyond.

Hospital Clowns is an autonomous non-commercial organization that was the first and is so far the only professional organization in Russia that helps rehabilitate children using non-traditional therapeutic methods – clowns, games, artistic performances and all around laughter. The organization was founded by Konstantin Sedov, a graduate of HSE’s Faculty of Law. Hospital Clowns is active in the hospitals of five regions in Russia. It holds international seminars for volunteers and has also organized a clown school.

Happiness Mosaic is a charitable foundation created by Anna Pushkova, a graduate of HSE’s Faculty of Management. The foundation supports orphanages, helps sick children and also carries out several programmes: Children and HIV, which operates in Moscow and Tatarstan; Experts of Charity, which provides training to volunteers as well as consulting support for NGO representatives;, a charitable media project with the participation of over 70 journalists from leading national news sources; and Radi Glavnogo, which organizes meeting with famous creative people who have an interest in charity projects.

ICEF Outreach is a charitable organization created by students from the HSE’s International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF). More than 70 volunteers from all HSE faculties currently take part in the organization. The team helps four orphanages in the Tver, Ryazan, Yaroslavl and Moscow regions. They receive money for trips and financial assistance through charity bake sales. ICEF Outreach participants also hold charity nights at the HSE where talented students, professional singers and other famous individuals who actively partake in charity work perform.