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

HSE Opens Two New Faculties

© Essentials/ iStock collection

In 2019, HSE will begin enrolling students in undergraduate programmes at two new faculties: the Faculty of Chemistry, and the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology. These faculties will work in partnership with leading RAS institutions where students will be carrying out research.

The launch of these faculties is a natural development of HSE, which has long offered not only courses in the humanities, social sciences and economics, but also in computer science, mathematics, engineering (at MIEM HSE) and the Faculty of Physics that opened in 2016.

The experience in the Faculty of Physics’ launch was largely used in the launch of the new natural science faculties. First, this means cooperation with leading Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) institutions in the appropriate fields. The faculties will include joint departments with these institutions where students will carry out research. Experts from these institutes – leading scholars who do research every day and who are familiar with the cutting-edge advancements in their fields – will take part in curriculum development and teaching.

According to HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov, the idea is to create small faculties, ‘incubators, where each academic would have a student, and each student would have an academic’ and where students would mainly aim to pursue academic careers. Research is the main method for teaching at such faculties.

In their first year, both new faculties will offer only undergraduate programmes. Later, they will include master’s and doctoral programmes.

Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology

The faculty will carry out scholarly research on the problems of molecular biodiversity, quantum biochemistry, lifespan of proteins and methods to control their degradation, intercellular interaction, molecular foundations of genetic information transfer, and managing lifespan processes in living objects. The faculty expects to attract experts in cellular and molecular biology, microfluidic systems, bioinformatics, bioengineering, and biotechnology.

The first faculty’s partner will be the Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Alexander Tonevitsky, RAS Corresponding Member in the Physiology Division, Doctor of Sciences in biology, has been appointed Dean of the Faculty.

‘We discussed the idea of the faculty with RAS president Alexander Sergeev, and he totally supported it,’ said Alexander Tonevitsky. ‘In addition, HSE University is a great foundation to develop such a project. We are already cooperating with various research departments at HSE. We are particularly interested in joint projects with lawyers, since the legal aspects of innovations (patents, products) are still in an early stage of their development.’

In 2019, the first students will be enrolled in the undergraduate programme  in Cell and Molecular Biotechnology. It will offer 30 HSE-financed places, as well as fee-paying slots. In 2020, the first enrolment in the master’s programme will take place.

An important feature of this faculty is that, for the first time in HSE history, students will attend all of their classes at the Academy of Sciences: the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry has a study centre. This will allow students to become immersed in the academic environment.

Undergraduate students will attend lectures and practical training in mathematics, chemistry, physics, botany, zoology, biology. They will also do laboratory-based work. The main focus will be on solving specific tasks and developing the skills required for experimental research. Starting from the third year of studies, the students will have classes at joint departments.

The faculty will cooperate with leading companies involved in biotechnology research. Experts from these companies will deliver lectures and workshops at the faculties, while students will be offered internship opportunities.

For students from other faculties, the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology will offer a minor.

Faculty of Chemistry

RAS institutions directly involved in establishing the faculty are the Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, and Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis.

Experts from these institutes will supervise students’ research on topics in fields covered by the appropriate RAS departments; such topics include organic and inorganic chemistry, synthesis and research of new materials, modern problems of catalysis, oil and gas refining, as well as other areas of contemporary chemistry.

The core courses will be taught at HSE, while special courses and practical classes will be held at partner institutes, which will provide the entire necessary infrastructure for scientific research. They will be obligatory for students starting from the first years of studies.

‘One of the biggest problems in Russian academia is implementing research in production,’ said Andrey Yaroslavtsev, Corresponding Member of RAS and Head of the HSE Department of Chemistry. ‘HSE University  has vast experience in such implementation, and together we hope to train highly qualified chemistry professionals who will not only be able to develop new materials, approaches and synthesis methods, but to implement them in practice.’

HSE will enrol 30 students in HSE-funded slots of the undergraduate programme ‘Chemistry’ in 2019. Fee-paying slots will also be available. The faculty also plans to launch master’s programmes in the future.

The faculty will be headed by Professor Vitaly Kotov, Leading Research Fellow at the RAS Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Doctor of Sciences in Chemistry.

See also:

‘Don’t Be Afraid to Dream and Set New Goals for Yourself’

Every year HSE graduates get accepted to postgraduate schools at the world’s leading universities. Vladislav Semerikov is just now completing his fourth year in the Bachelor’s Programme ‘Economics’, and he has already been accepted to a PhD programme at Pennsylvania State University.

HSE Archaeologists Make Significant Discovery during Excavations in Agrigento

In 2019, HSE will begin accepting students to its new Master's programme in Classical and Oriental Archaeology for the first time. Prior to admission, however, prospective students had the opportunity to participate in an archaeological school in Sicily, where they discovered rare bronze phialae dating back to the 6th century BC during the excavations.

How Computational Linguists Go on to Study Drama and Develop Computer Games

Students in the HSE Master’s Programme in Computational Linguistics get the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills into practice in both business and research. HSE News Service spoke with two alumnae about how it works—one now conducts research at Oxford on Russian drama, and the other works in computer game development.

Five Common Myths about Studying in Russia

Whether inspired by the World Cup or simply wanting to study in a new and exciting place, students are looking to Russia to further their education.

From HSE to Asia: Students Head East to Study Abroad

The Master's Programme ‘Socioeconomic and Political Development of Modern Asia’ gives students the opportunity to study Asian countries not only in theory but in practice, thanks to academic mobility programmes at partner universities in China and other countries. HSE News Service spoke with three students of the programme about three aspects of their experiences—study, communication and food.

Faculty of Law to Launch New Programmes with University of London

This year, the HSE Faculty of Law is launching new extended programmes in Common Law, for which graduates will receive a degree from the University of London. These programmes are open for first-year students, as well as for other students and professionals.

Studying Governance of Science and Innovation

Pavel Bakhtin, graduated from Master's Programme ‘Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation’ in 2016. He now works as Deputy Head of the Information and Analytical Systems Unit of the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK). In this recent interview, he talks about how study intersects with practice, and what kinds of careers programme graduates can pursue.

HSE Faculties of Chemistry and Biology and Biotechnologies to Open Joint Departments with RAS

The HSE Academic Council has approved the establishment of joint departments with five institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) at the new Faculties of Chemistry and Biology and Biotechnologies of HSE. Students will gain access to laboratory equipment and learn how to conduct research and develop new technology and medicines.

Online Scholarship Calculator for Undergraduate Applicants

International students applying to HSE’s undergraduate programmes can receive scholarships that fully or partially cover their tuition costs. Some of these scholarships are awarded based on entrance exam results. Now we have an online calculator that will help you determine what scholarship you qualify for when  applying to one of HSE’s Bachelor's programmes.

Application for HSE Minors is Open

First-year students can select a minor in their personal accounts beginning at 18.00, March 26. HSE is offering a variety of interesting minors this year, so that students can choose the right minor for themselves.