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HSE: key data



The Higher School of Economics was founded on November 27th, 1992, by an Ordinance of the RF Government.

In October 2009 the Higher School of Economics received the status of a National Research University.

Over 17 000 undergraduate, 1922 Master's students and and 576 doctoral students are studying at the HSE as per October 2009).

The HSE has 3 regional branches: St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm.  

The HSE faculty includes 1500 professors and researchers, among them almost 700 specialists invited as part-timers from the areas of business, research institutes, and state bodies. 345 Doctors of Science and 909 Candidates of Science work at the HSE. Over 1800 administrative workers are employed at the HSE. 


The system of education at the HSE ensures the competitiveness of Russian education in its most urgently needed and, at the same time, weakest sphere - economics and social sciences. The School was the first in Russia to adopt the commonly accepted world-wide "4+2" practice: four years of undergraduate study and two years for Master's courses.

There are 20 faculties and schools at the HSE:


In 2009 the HSE admitted 2410 new students,of whom 1240 were for state financed places, and  1170 were fee paying students.
In 1997 the HSE introduced written examinations, dramatically reducing the risk of corruption. Since 2001 the HSE accepted students by the results of the Unified State Examination and Federal Contests in subjects. The regional profile of students: Moscow - 45%, Moscow Oblast - 14%, RF regions & CIS Countries - 41%.
15217 students are annually enrolled in over 200 programmes for graduate training, re-training and continuing professional education, including MBA, DBA and EMBA programmes.
The HSE was one of the first educational establishments in Russia to introduce a system of academic credits. Each successful year of study in a faculty represents 60 credits , which is in line with the international Education Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The university employs a system of modules (an academic year is split into 5 modules which makes it possible to optimize student workload). Several components are used to assess a student's progress. The HSE publishes annual rankings of students and professors.
The HSE has introduced an efficient system of support and incentives for students. Students studying on a contractual fee basis may get up to a 70% discount on their tuition fee depending on their academic results; students can receive 2 scholarships at the same time - social and academic - which, added together, provide enough for a student to live on in Moscow.
All non-resident students are provided with a place in our hostel.

The HSE curricula are recognized by numerous leading foreign universities, which makes it possible to carry out double-degree programmes.  Student exchange programmes have also been introduced. In 2008 dual diploma programmes comprised of 626 students. HSE's partners in double-degree programmes include: 

  • London school of economics and political sciences, GB
  • Manchester university, GB
  • University Paris-I Pantheon - Sorbonne, France
  • University Paris-X Nanter, France
  • University Paris-XII Val-de-Marne, France
  • University "Erasmus", Holland
  • European school of management ESAP-EAP, France
  • University INHOLLAND, Holland
  • Humboldt University, Germany
  • Leads University, GB 


More than 60% of graduates already have a job by the time they receive their degree and officially graduate. Six months after graduation 80% of graduates are employed, while the other 20% are continuing their education at post graduate level.
The average monthly wage in the first year after graduation from HSE is US $ 1000 (and much higher in traditionally better paid sectors).
20% of graduates work in the power industry, the oil industry or in research, 16% in consulting and audit and 13% in the financial sector.



HSE has 26 research institutes and centres along with 35 research and educational laboratories.
We promote a program of bringing back the best Russian researchers who have received Ph.D. degrees at Western universities.
A key scientific event is the International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development which has been held by the HSE every April since 2000. Since 2005 this conference has become a major event in the scientific life of Russia, attracting more than 800 participants, including more than 100 foreign experts. 

The HSE is the founder of 20 scientific magazines. The HSE research centers publish 14 series of preprints.


Publishing House and Library 

The HSE has its own Publishing house. In 2008 the HSE Publishing house published 100 titles of educational and scientific literature with a total circulation of 76 400 copies.

The HSE library is organized according to the principle of electronic resources priority. In 2008 the subscription included 32 platforms of such resources - practically all available world wide. Students, university professors and personnel anywhere in the HSE have access from  to all the key world magazines and databases stretching back to the early 20th century.
In 2008 the HSE library inventory (books, brochures, periodicals in paper format) was equal to 460456 copies. Starting from 2004 the HSE library has been purchasing all monographs and textbooks within the profile of its departments which have published around the world in major foreign languages.


Physical presence

At present the University is located in 26 buildings throughout Moscow. The main educational and research work takes place in three university campuses: 11 Pokrovsky Boulevard, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., and  33/5 Kirpichnaya Str. The institutes of supplementary education are located at 20 Myasnitskaya Str., 4/2 M. Gnezdnikovsky Per. HSE uses a network of modern hostels providing 2400 beds (including 1100 places in HSE's own hostels). In 2007 a new hostel for 800 students was commissioned in the town of Odintsovo.   


In 2008 the state financing of HSE was 1307.2 million rubles (33%). Revenue from other sources amounted to 2658.4 million rubles (67%).

Priorities of financing are investments in human capital and information base.