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The HSE Day Tradition Continues!

HSE is one of those rare universities that is open to everyone. The university began hosting HSE Day in 2012, and the event has taken place every autumn since. With this celebration, anyone who is interested can become immersed in HSE's fascinating university life.

On September 14, the Higher School of Economics is again welcoming guests to Moscow’s Gorky Park! For the entire day, the park is transformed into a huge university campus where thousands of people gather to socialize, play sports, relax, learn new things and learn about everything the university has to offer.

On this day, everyone is given a unique opportunity to see what life is like at HSE and participate in an entire array of themed events.

HSE Day on Social Media

You can learn about the latest news on HSE Day official pages on Vkontakte and Facebook, as well as on the event channel in Telegram.


Post your photos and videos with the #hseday2017 hashtag on social media

Concert at the Green Theatre for HSE students, alumni and staff members

There will be two headliners this year: a pop music band 'Gradusy' and a rapper Noize MC.

How to get a ticket?

If you are an exchange student at HSE, you may pick up a ticket (one per person) at International Students Support Unit (11 Myasnitskaya street, Room 301). If you are a full-degree student, contact your programme manager or student coordinator at your faculty.

International faculty members should contact International Faculty Support Unit (ifaculty.support@hse.ru).

How to Participate

It’s easy! Gorky Park is open free of charge for HSE Day 2017. We want all Muscovites and visitors to enjoy the cultural activities and have a chance to participate in the sports competitions at the event.

We hope to see you on September 14, 2017, at:
9 Krymsky Val, Gorky Park.

Map of the event

HSE Day Programme


It is here, at HSE Day, that first-year students get a sense of what the university is like and become a part of it all. Through activities like the ‘Freshmen Quest,’ a meet and greet with different student organizations, and various open-door activities for the university’s programmes of study, HSE will become a new home for incoming students.

HSE Open House

HSE Day is the only day of the year when we bring together students, alumni, instructors and friends of the university, and have our 39 bachelor’s and 135 master’s programmes on display. This is when participants can catch a glimpse of HSE student life, learn about all aspects of life at the university, and have some fun in the park. HSE Day is a place to meet new people, realize your creative ambitions, share your experiences, gain new knowledge, and feel like you are part of the university. The celebration is also an excellent opportunity to select a field of study that just might determine your professional destiny next year.

Student Organizations Tent

Various student organizations will have information for HSE Day participants at the Student Organization Tent #HseStudLife. Our guests can also look forward to different interactive games and a rich programme prepared by HSE students themselves.

Quest for first-year undergraduate students (in Russian)

The quest will be conducted in Russian for all HSE first-year students. It’s a good way to get to know how HSE works and how studies are organized. More information can be found on the HSE Day app.

Matriculation ceremony (for first-year undergraduate students)


Since 2013, the university has been holding open lectures at various locations around Moscow where it welcomes people to attend free of charge. From film to marketing, anthropology to game design, the topics of the lectures are always diverse, but they are still topical and presented in a format anyone can understand. As part of the Higher School of Economics’ Open-Air Lectures, HSE Day will feature an entire series of informative talks in both Russian and English.

Lectures by HSE professors

14:00 – 15:00 Lecture by Alexander Arkhangelsky

15:00 – 16:00 Lecture by Anna Kachkayeva

16:00 – 17:00 Lecture by Iliya Kiriya

English-language lectures - HSE Open Talks

Each year HSE welcomes new colleagues – Ph.D. holders from the world’s best universities – who join the university through the international recruiting programme. Scholars from around the world representing a range of academic disciplines will discuss their research and speak with members of the public.

14:00 – 14:30 Public-Private Partnerships and Russia's Vocational Education Revolution

Lecturer – Israel Marques, Assistant Professor at the School of Political Science and Research Fellow at International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development

14:30 – 15:00 Monumental Connections: The Impact of Soviet-American Friendship on the Development of Realist Art in 1930s

Lecturer – Angelina Lucento, PhD, Research Fellow at the International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences

15:00 – 15:30 What are facts?

Lecturer – Nadia Moro, PhD, Assistant Professor at the School of Philosophy

15:30 – 16:00 Turkish democracy in crisis: Incumbent takeover, autocratic resilience and the future of the regime

Lecturer – Ekim Arbatli, PhD, Assistant Professor at the School of Political Science

16:00 – 16:30 Multilingual/Multicultural Identity and Society

Lecturer – Svetlana Cecovic, PhD, Assistant Professor at the School of Philology

16:30 – 17:00 The Philosophy of Hunting Witches

Lecturer – Stefan Hessbrueggen-Walter, Assistant Professor at the School of Philosophy

17:00 – 17:30 Happy Civil Servants – Work satisfaction in Russian Bureaucracy

Lecturer – Tim Jaekel, PhD, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Administration

17:30 – 18:00 Evolution and Literature: Humanity’s New Story

Lecturer – Mark Taylor, PhD, Research Fellow at the School of Philology


In honour of the Higher School of Economics’ anniversary, a series of short interviews has been filmed with key people tied to the university, including members of HSE’s leadership, distinguished professors and alumni, students, as well as members of the Board of Trustees and the International Advisory Committee who have influenced the university’s development.

The video interviews will be shown at the annual HSE Day celebration on September 14 in Gorky Park, after which they will be made available on both HSE’s website (hse.ru) and the university’s official social media channels.


An HSE family area will offer entertainment for HSE staff members and their kids near Pelman café.

The HSE family programme will bring together HSE staff members, their children and guests in a friendly university family atmosphere. Different activities like sports and intellectual games will create a feeling of team spirit. A special children’s programme will include a giant soap bubble show, an HSE Lab game workshop, and other fun entertainment.

Place: Pelman café

Quiz battle (in Russian)

Quiz is a game that takes the form of an intellectual battle for which people meet at home, in bars, at parties and cafes to compete in erudition and to have a good time. The game is intended for several teams of 2-6 people each.

Start time:17:00.

English Workshops for children

English Workshops offer children a unique opportunity to start learning proper English. Highly professional, talented and energetic teachers from the School of Foreign Languages will use games to teach children essential knowledge and first language constructs. Adults will appreciate the efficiency of the method and structure of the material.

Registration is required.


15:00 – 16:00 Workshops for children of 3-6 years old


17:00 – 18:00 Workshops for children of 7 - 12 years old


HSE Lab game workshop

The HSE Lab game workshop, where children can build simple electronic devices, transformers, and art objects from available materials, will be offered on HSE Day. Prizes will be awarded to winners of the contest for the best art-object chosen by an expert jury.

Time: 14:00 – 17:00

Board games

Board games offer a good way to have fun; they’re not only a source of fun, excitement, strong emotions, and knowledge, but they also involve communication that is valuable for people of any age. Guests will be able to play Mafia, Uno, Imaginarium, Activity, Jenga and upgrade their board game skills.

HSE Kids

While adults enthusiastically compete with each other, children can support their parents or choose their own activity, such as the bubble show, face painting, t-shirt and tableware painting workshops, circus performances and many others. The programme is open to children of all ages, and parents grandparents are also welcome.


HSE Science Battles is a project that provides firsthand information about the best student research in an interactive format. Five students have 10 minutes to speak about their research without boring presentations using only public speaking skills and props. The winner will be selected by the audience and the jury before advancing to the finals.

To register for Science Battles 2017, please follow the link.

Place: Pioner open-air cinema at Gorky Park.

Start time: 14:00.


Big data and machine learning in modern experimental physics

Nikita Kazeev, Doctoral Student of the Faculty of Computer Science, Research Assistant at the Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis

The motives of nostalgic consumption

Tamara Kusimova, student in the master’s programme in Applied Methods of Social Analysis of Markets, Research Assistant at the Laboratory for Studies in Economic Sociology

Determinants of valuations and the effectiveness of mergers in the video game market

Sergey Evdokimov, student in the master’s programme in Strategic Corporate Finance, Research Assistant at the Corporate Finance Center

The problem of subject and two mutually exclusive strategies

Anna Vinkelman, student in the master’s programme in Cultural and Intellectual History: Between East and West, Lecturer at HSE Lyceum

Visual working memory and accuracy in memory and cognition

Yury Markov, student of the master’s programme in 'Cognitive Sciences and Technologies: From Neuron to Cognition', Research Assistant at the Laboratory for Cognitive Research


  • Igor Chirikov, HSE Vice Rector
  • Danil Fedorovykh, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Economic Sciences
  • Dmitry Dagaev, Deputy Vice Rector
  • Asya Kazantseva, HSE student, winner of the Enlightener Prize
  • Ekaterina Chernyak, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Computer Science


For more information about the Science Battles please visit the project webpage (in Russian).


This event will not only introduce students to one another, but entire countries as well. Here you will be able to drink traditional Russian tea with baranki, learn to dance the Lezginka and speak Moldovan, and learn about the different cultures represented by the international students that HSE has brought together.

14:00 - 14:30 The Whole World at HSE Parade of Nationalities

Meeting people from different cultures helps you gain new knowledge and perspectives, and gives you a new understanding of yourself and the modern world, a world where territorial boundaries and your nationality are not barriers to friendly and professional collaboration and where language barriers are lifted thanks to top-notch education systems. You will be able to get a sense of how global and international HSE has become during its flag parade, where representatives of more than 20 nationalities will walk with their flags around Gorky Park, which is its own sort of mecca for international tourists.

Russian Tearoom

Russian teatime traditions may not be as old as Chinese customs, but they are characterized by hospitality and cheerfulness. We invite all guests of HSE Day, especially our foreign colleagues and international students, to attend the Russian tea ceremony, a unique part of national culture.

Russian tea culture dates back to Russian nobles and merchants and will be demonstrated at the ceremony, among other things, through the whistling of the iconic samovar and the delicious taste of cakes and cracknels. The event will focus on international communication through trivia and games dedicated to the Russian language and our rich culture. Russian participants will be able to show their hospitality and cheerfulness, tell guests about local traditions and share some useful practical knowledge.

HSE Chamber of Nationalities

The HSE Chamber of Nationalities is a student organization that has been working on various issues for the last five years to achieve a constructive, intercultural dialogue and forge positive relationships among the different nationalities at the Higher School of Economics.


Mehendi throughout the day

14:00 – 15:00 Workshop in Hebrew

15:00 – 16:00 Workshop in Georgian calligraphy

16:00 – 17:00 Workshop in Arabic calligraphy

Dance workshops throughout the day:

  • Playing the dombra (Kazakhstan)
  • Adjara Georgian Dancing
  • Kara Jorgo dancing and Ak-kuu dancing (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Azerbaijani dancing
  • National Uzbek dancing

HSE International Student Association

International Street is a place where you can communicate with people from different cultures, try their national dishes, and take part in quests and quizzes on different cultures.

The association will also hold workshops on national dances, languages and martial arts (such as capoeira) as well as a variety of contests and other activities.


At this game and competition zone you can have good time demonstrating your poetry skills, playing Mafia and even searching for love.

14:00 — 19:00 Mafia

Perhaps it’s one of the most famous games in the world. If saving the city from the mafia, you can try to rescue the hotel from the Yakuza or kick the mafia gang from the casino. Just don’t forget to come to Mafia tent on the embankment on September 14.

14:00 — 19:00 Soulmating

The university is a place where you can find true friends. In the Soulmating tent anyone will be able to find a companion or even a best friend. At the tent, located on the embankment, students of different faculties will be able to meet, discuss interesting topics and even make friends.

14:00 — 19:00 Game of Reality Quest

You skipped classes for a long time so a very strict professor locked you in the classroom. You can escape as soon as you complete all the assignments you missed during the module. But don't worry – former students have left you some clues! If you think that you can handle this quest, then form a team of 2 to 4 people and register through the link.

14:00 — 19:00 Alias

If you can manage to explain 20 words ni a minute and know every card of the Alias board game by heart, then come to the embankment of Gorky Park. You’ll now have an opportunity to feel part of a famous board game: everyone will become an action figure and will move on the field, completing interesting tasks! Teams are made up of 2-7 people.

14:00 — 19:00 Activities

Visit an indoor shooting range with fortune telling, play jenga and tic-tac-toe, and put together a giant puzzle. You can play alone or with friends – it doesn't matter! Just find the Activities area on the embankment, and you won’t be bored.

14:00 — 19:00 Workshops

Weaving flower crowns, drawing covers for student IDs and much more – here you’ll find anything that can be handmade and kept as a small gift.

14:00 — 16:00 Dance Battle

Once again, a dance battle will be held at HSE Day, but this time it will be a real street battle! HSE’s best dancers will compete in the art of improvisation seeking to impress the jury and entertain the audience. If you want to do more than just watch the dancers and join in the show yourself, send an application to our group.

16:00 — 18:00 Poetry Night

It’s pure creativity, which has become a tradition. Talented poets from HSE and their beautiful verses, recited from the stage!


Every big time university offers sports. After all, to do well in school, support one another, and be successful, you have to be in good shape –not only physically but also emotionally. Guests at HSE Day will get a feeling for HSE’s positive energy during light games and activities in the sports zone, as well as a lot of dancing.

Dancing workshops

Autumn is the time of rain and cloudy skies. To avoid depression and the worries about summer ending so quickly, everyone is invited to feel the energy of the dance!

14:00 – 14:30 Bachata – Casablanca

14:30 – 15:00 Salsa – Casablanca

16:00 – 16:30 Twerking – Casablanca

16:30 – 17:00 Reggaeton – Casablanca

Sports Contests

HSE is not just a university or a place to study, conduct research and handle administrative tasks. HSE is a big, friendly family. It’s also sports-oriented!

On September 14, we’ll get together in teams and hold a championship among HSE members: humanity specilists vs technicians, students vs teachers, lyceum students vs university students. It will be fun, cheerful and very hot!

11:00 - 18:00 Football

Place: football field in Neskuchny garden

Click here to register your team.

For more information about the rules for registration and participation please visit the webpage.

14:00 - 19:00 Volleyball


Place: volleyball court in Gorky Park

Click here to register your team. 

The competition will be held for men's, women's and mixed teams.

For more information about the rules for registration and participation please visit the webpage.

14:00 - 19:00 Ping Pong

Place: Gorky Park; the location of tables will be given later

Click here to register your team.

For more information about the rules for registration and participation please visit the webpage.

14:00 - 17:30 Basketball

Place: basketball court in Gorky Park

Click here to register your team.

For more information about the rules for registration and participation please visit the webpage.


HSE is proud of its ultimate team. It is currently the strongest student team in Russia.


  • presentation of the national team’s new uniform
  • ultimate workshop for beginners
  • meeting with Alisa Tizik, HSE graduate, ex-captain of the HSE women's team, and world champion in beach frisbee on Russia’s national team
  • flubber guts tournament
  • free play


You can entertain yourself all day with sports, food, and dancing, but music always has the last word. It is what sets the mood for an event, and it is thanks to music that HSE Day is so memorable and full of emotion. At the Azhurnaya Rotunda, HSE Day guests will be able to watch special musical performances, while the event’s special guest will be giving a large concert at the Green Theatre in the evening.

Acoustics Musical Playground

Acoustics is an interactive plaground at HSE Day 2017 that will host acoustic performances and a poetry reading.

Acoustics will be the centre that brings creative young people together: new friends, a special home-like acoustic atmosphere and more than 30 people of talent from HSE.

HSE performers will play covers of famous songs by international and Russian musicians, and some performers will play their own tracks.

The active part will start after 7 pm, when most guests head to the concert at the Green Theatre. The musicians will perform guitar songs that you won’t be able to resist singing along to.

See you on September 14 in Gorky Park!

Place: wooden dancefloor near the Pioneer open air cinema

19:00 - 20:30 Open-Air music with Gnessin Baroque

The Gnessin Baroque ensemble was founded in 2016 by renowned musicians and members of the most famous Russian projects in early music. The ensemble performs music of the Baroque era on authentic instruments.

The concert programme features Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Marie LeClair, Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Philipp Telemann.

The following musicians will play for you at the event:

Marina Katarzhnova, Baroque violin

Marina is graduate of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and has been teaching at the Moscow Conservatory since 2007. She is the winner of the First International Yampolsky Violin Competition, and a soloist of Pratum Integrum orchestra.

Avgust Krepak, Baroque cello

Avgust is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and the Norwegian Academy of Music in modern cello. He graduated from the the doctoral programme of the Historical and Contemporary Performing Arts Faculty at the Moscow Conservatory. He is a soloist of the orchestra Pratum Integrum, as well as a participant of the December Nights Festival in Moscow and the Early Music Festival in St. Petersburg.

Olga Martynova, harpsichord

Olga, the winner of international competitions, is a Professor at tge Moscow Conservatory. She has been teaching harpsichord at the Gnessin State Musical College since 1996. She is also a soloist for the Pratum Integrum orchestra.

20:00 Concert at the Green Theatre

The characteristically warm and moving end to this year’s HSE Day will be an open-air concert at the Green Theatre that will welcome HSE students, alumni, and staff.

There will be two headliners this year: a pop music band 'Gradusy' and a rapper Noize MC.

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