Russian Universities Need New Rules and Regulations to Get into World Top Rankings
The HSE hosted the second general meeting of members of the Global Universities association on October 8. They discussed issues relating to attracting international students to Russian universities, about possibilities for the accreditation of programmes in new specialties and about the leading universities' conferring degrees.
The Global Universities association was set up in early 2014, when its first AGM also took place. It brings together universities that are involved in the 5/100 initiative to raise the international competitiveness of Russian higher education. As Russia's Deputy Education Minister Alexander Povalko noted, the association's main task is to develop and promote proposals that will enable universities to move forward. A series of initiatives were considered at the recent meeting.
Meeting participants agreed that there is a clear need to develop the international student quota selection mechanism, and to increase the quota from 15,000 people to 20,000-25,000 people. It is also important to give higher educational institutions that have clear research potential and can guarantee education quality preferential selection rights for prospective students.
It is vital that selection quality is monitored and that the reasons behind the attrition rate among international students are analysed. In some cases they are forced to drop their studies as they need to take up low-pay, low-sill employment to meet living costs in Russia. HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov feels that foreign students should be given stipends at the start of their course of study that correspond to their academic success, as happens in other countries.
Leading higher educational institutions should also create an English-language environment that international students find amenable, and there are already leading institutions that can share experience with this (e.g. by publishing a book of recommendations). Educational institutions participating in the 5/100 initiative – Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and St. Petersburg State University (SPSU) – could develop about 20 working groups targeting particular countries that are important from the point of view of Russia's geopolitical interests.
Boris Startsev for HSE news service
International Spring School on Human Rights Debates Issues of Religion, Identity and Freedom of Conscience
In May, the HSE Voronovo Learning Centre hosted the International Spring School on Human Rights, a five-day educational retreat organized jointly by the HSE Department of Public Policy, the University of Bologna and the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
The Master’s programme in System and Software Engineering aims to provide students an opportunity not only to acquire the knowledge and experience they need in their chosen profession, but also to help them generate a systemic view on bringing resolutions to the difficult professional challenges they are certain to face in the future. Academic Supervisor Dmitry Alexandrov talks about programme features and international students share their experience of living and studying in Moscow.
Samira Verhees, a Ghent University alumna and doctoral student at the HSE School of Linguistics, spoke about her Caucasian studies.
The Master’s programme in Big Data Systems at the Higher School of Economics focuses on the value aspect of big data for large enterprises and the implementation of big data technology in enterprises. Two current students of the programme share their thoughts about what drew them to HSE to study big data, what they hope to gain from the programme and what advice they would give to prospective international students.
In March 2016, the School of Business Informatics (Faculty of Business and Management) at HSE was visited by a delegation from France’s University of Évry; in late 2015, a student exchange agreement was signed between HSE and this university. The delegation brought 19 students from the Master’s programmes in the field of big data at the University of Évry to Moscow.
‘Texts and Places: Introduction to Russian History, Language and Culture’ (I testi dei luoghi: introduzione alla storia, alla cultura e alla lingua russa), an international Spring School at HSE organized jointly by Julia Ivanova, leading research fellow at the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, and the University of Eastern Piedmont Amedeo Avogadro, took place from March 15 to 23.
Nicholas Howell is a PhD student at University of Oregon. He came to HSE Faculty of Mathematics on the invitation of his research advisor Vadim Vologodsky to do research during two months. In his interview Nick talks about his time in Moscow.
One of the HSE’s newly launched Master’s programmes – Population and Development – aims to train specialists who can develop solutions to many of today’s economic and social challenges. Taught entirely in English and offering courses in public administration, economics, demography and statistical analysis, the programme has partnerships with universities in France, Germany, Italy and Belgium.
Hamid Ait-El-Kaid is a second-year student from Morocco of the Master's programme in Political Analysis and Public Policy. His first exposure to HSE took place during a Winter School for prospective students in February 2014. After learning about the Public Policy programme, he decided to apply to HSE.