• A
  • A
  • A
  • ABC
  • ABC
  • ABC
  • А
  • А
  • А
  • А
  • А
Regular version of the site

Neighbours: Who is Close to HSE in Rankings. Part 1

In this year’s QS ranking by subject, HSE made it into the 51-100 group in three subject areas. The ranking is dominated by universities that need no introduction, Harvard, Oxford, London School of Economics and Political Science, etc. But which universities make the 51-100 group together with HSE? We asked some experts to tell us about HSE’s closest neighbours and their partnerships with HSE.

Andrei Melville, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, spoke about some of the universities from the 51-100 group in Politics & International Studies.



Our closest neighbours include some very strong universities with a large potential for growth in our subject area.

Take, for example, Duke University (USA). They have a powerful political science department and several internationally renowned researchers, such as Professor Timur Kuran, who developed, among other things, the important concept of ‘preference falsification’. By the way, Prof. Kuran took part in last year’s April Conference, and his most popular book, ‘Private Truths, Public Lies’, has been translated into Russian by Irina Soboleva, graduate of our School of Political Science, and is published by the Gaidar Institute Publishing House.

Or take Indiana University, Bloomington (USA). Again, they are not Ivy League, but they are a renowned centre of political and international studies. Their staff includes Professor Regina Smyth, who has visited HSE many times and has given lectures, including those in the comparative political science course. She has also carried out field studies together with our younger colleagues, and today, one of the most prestigious U.S. publishers is preparing a book about the results of those studies. The same Department of Political Science employs another friend and colleague of HSE, Professor Bill Thompson, a renowned guru of contemporary globalism studies, the author of popular comparative studies in global political processes, and the role and position of superpowers in the world policy. He has also participated in the April Conference as an honorary speaker. His h-index is astronomical. We are meeting him again in June in Hong Kong, at the International Studies Association Conference, as part of a roundtable discussion on state capacity and the new components in state power and influence in contemporary countries within the changing global order.

One more neighbour in the subject ranking is the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). Its political science department is one of the oldest and most renowned in the U.S. and around the globe. While HSE doesn’t have an official agreement with this university, its political scientists are often guests at our university and have collaborated with us in a number of joint projects. Professor Scott Gehlbach, an authoritative expert in comparative politics and methods of political research, is closely involved in many of Andrey Yakovlev’s projects. For many years, Scott Gehlbach and I co-edited a series of political science working papers published by HSE in English. Professor Yoshiko Herrera from the same department works on large-scale Russian and post-communist studies. A few years ago, she, together with Timothy Colton (Harvard University) and Randall Stone (University of Rochester), was part of the World Bank expert team that carried out an expert evaluation of our political science programme, and, by the way, the results of that were extremely positive.

The University of Oslo (Norway) is a new partner of HSE. We recently signed an agreement on cooperation and student exchange, and in February, our university offered a series of open lectures by professors from the University of Oslo on the political, social and other processes currently taking place in Norway. And in September, our School of Political Science is going to welcome Professor Lars Mjøset, who will read a series of lectures as part of the master's programme 'Politics. Economics. Philosophy'.

As you can see, we are in very strong company, and this is a powerful incentive for further work and research.

See also:

Participants of Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Affairs Tackle Trade, International Institutions, and More

On Thursday, July 11, students and faculty of the International Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Affairs bid farewell with a festive awards ceremony and closing lecture by Professor Sergey Karaganov, Academic Supervisor and Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs.

‘It Is a Great Opportunity to Enhance Your CV and Meet Other Researchers’

One of the perks of studying at HSE University is its wide range of academic mobility programmes. Ksenia Semykina, a master’s student of Comparative Social Research, recently spent a semester at the Free University of Berlin with the support of an Erasmus+ scholarship. She shared some practical advice on how to live and study abroad with HSE News Service.

HSE University and UN-Habitat Sign Collaboration Agreement

HSE University and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme signed an agreement to conduct joint research on urban development. HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and UN Under-Secretary-General Maimunah Mohd Sharif, who heads the UN-Habitat programme, signed the letter of intent at the recent Moscow Urban Forum, which was held on July 4-7 at Moscow’s Zaryadye Park.

University of London and HSE University Offer a Second Degree Programme in Law

Students who have been accepted to the HSE bachelor’s programmes in ‘Law’ and ‘Private Law’ may simultaneously enroll in the second degree programme at the University of London to supplement their basic training. The second degree programme is also open to external students and working professionals.

First University Startup Fest Held at HSE St. Petersburg

On June 24 – 28, HSE University – St. Petersburg hosted the International University Startups & Spin-Offs Festival (HSE Fest), which brings together students from across the world to pitch their startups for a one-time chance to win grants that will help them take their projects to the next level.

Russian and French Scholars Present Research on Soviet History at Graduate Seminar

The International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences at HSE University held a Graduate Student Seminar in Soviet History together with Sciences Po (France) on June 17 – 18, 2019. HSE News Service spoke with participants and instructors of the seminar, which examinedthe impact of WWII on the Soviet Union and surrounding regions, as well as aspects of the Soviet system from Stalin up to the 1980s.

HSE and Ca’ Foscari University Pursue Productive Partnership

As part of the International Partners Week, a ceremony of setting up Ca' Foscari University Information Corner at HSE University took place on June 19.

International Partners’ Week at HSE: Preparing Students for an Uncertain Future

On June 18, the third International Partners’ Week ‘Academic Agility: Preparing Students for an Uncertain Future’ began at HSE University. The event brings together representatives of more than 30 universities from 16 countries, including France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, the USA, Finland, the United Kingdom, and China. They have all come to Moscow to learn more about the kind of learning experience HSE University can provide, as well as to discuss practical challenges and solutions regarding international mobility.

Where Is the Truth in Post-Truth Time?

On June 3-4, a conference entitled ‘Beyond Post-Truth: Media Landscapes in the “Age of Insecurity”’ was held in St. Petersburg. The conference was jointly organized by the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (IGITI) at HSE University, the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe at GWZO Leipzig, the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, and Justus Liebig University Giessen.

HSE ISSEK Researchers Sign Cooperation Agreement with Korean Colleagues

This May, HSE and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, Republic of Korea) signed a cooperation agreement on science and advanced technology research. This agreement was signed by Leonid Gokhberg, HSE First Vice Rector, Director of the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, and Dr. Hwang-Hee Cho, STEPI President.