Take a Look
How do I join the construction team or take a look at the resulting project?
1. First, download Minecraft 1.12.2 with Forge
2. Think of a cool nickname (for example, Xx_Lord_xX) and log into the game
3. When you launch Minecraft, click Multiplayer, and then Add Server. Type server IP ‘hse.serv.gs in ‘Server Address’ field. Then click ‘Done’
4. You should now be able to see the required server
5. Register. Instructions will be available in the chat (in the left-hand bottom corner)
6. After registration you will enter a great hub where you can choose one of the options—Pokrovka, PvP, or Survival Mode
Here are some useful links if you wish to join the project:
- Apply to join the construction crew
- Server IP: hse.aternos.org
Join the Team
The Digital HSE project has already grown considerably. To maintain and further develop it, we need to expand our team. We are looking for people who are eager to be part of HSE’s largest online initiative and to try to improve it in every way possible.
If you’d like to join our team, please fill in the form.
We'll be in touch!
Become a Project Partner
Our project is gaining recognition and more and more people are following it.
If you would like to become our partner, we are open to cooperation offers. We can help universities launch their own Minecraft projects. And we’ll be happy to discuss interesting ideas and offers with potential sponsors
Please email us if you’re interested in becoming our project partner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ivan Chernyavsky, Rector's Assistant for Student Relations
When transitioning to online learning, it is very important not to lose a sense of community. HSE University, where students have spent the bulk of their time, should not be reduced to just one student group and classes.
Students are concerned that they no longer see each other on campus and at university events, so fun projects like this one bring them together online and give them a common purpose.
The potential for the project is unlimited: students are already talking about holding Open House Days, public lectures, and other events within these ‘virtual walls’.
Dmitry Shminke, Director of the Student Initiative Support Centre
We shared building plans with students so that the Minecraft version of HSE University closely replicated the original building. We also helped find a server. Then we just watched what was happening with fascination.
Extra-curricular life has also transitioned online along with the classes, and this project has become a perfect magnet for students.
Inna Zaripova, 1st year, BA in Public Administration
Surely, many students, especially HSE students, got bored during the lockdown. Some focused on studying, and others took up sports. We decided to build Pokrovka on the Minecraft gaming platform!
I was glad to be part of the construction team, and later to serve as a supervisor, because these hours spent in the game not only reminded me of carefree school days, but also brought people from different degree programmes and years of study closer together.
It was not always easy to erect our new building. We often had no photos or information available about some floors and classrooms. But thanks to our peers who were able to find the missing photos by some stroke of magic, we completed the construction ahead of time! Each of us tried to make the replica of the building resemble the original as much as possible. It was not always easy due to the game’s limitations, but on the whole our team was able to convey the spirit and beauty of Pokrovka.
Now everyone has the opportunity to walk around Pokrovka, go to their favourite cafeteria or stop by the library, stroll along the atrium or sit in their favourite classroom! Come and remember the great pre-coronavirus times as we don’t know for sure when we will be able to return to this complex and labyrinthine, yet modern and spacious Pokrovka building
Dmitry Taratuta, 2nd year, BA in Philology
For a long time I’ve been hearing talk of a designated server being launched for HSE students playing Minecraft, but during full-time studies, there was not enough time for this, so I gave up all thoughts of going back to my favourite game. But now, with everyone studying remotely and missing our university, I felt a certain longing for this whole atmosphere.
It was very cool to participate in the construction of Pokrovka: I finally learned where each section of the building is located and the entire building infrastructure. I even discovered many parts of the building I didn’t even know about, since I only went there once a week. In general, it’s great to be part of such projects where everyone is having fun, playing but also doing interesting things.
Another curious fact is that after we started our projects, other Moscow universities followed suit and started building on the Minecraft platform. You could come to a construction site and see what other universities look like, which previously would have been impossible because I would never have gone there in real life.
After the server is open to everyone, I plan to start on our Basmannaya building. I will be recruiting a team to build it. I think it will be cool.
We'll be happy to work together!
We build not for school, but for life