Results of the Academic Year 2013/2014
At a meeting of the HSE's Academic Council on November 28, Vice Rector Sergei Roshchin presented a report on the University's educational and methodological activities for 2013/2014.
What happened in the past academic year
In Spring 2014, HSE successfully completed the government accreditation process. A new educational BA model was developed and introduced. All second year students sat external exams in the English language.
For the first time, HSE held an International Summer University, study courses prepared by HSE lecturers were offered via the Coursera platform, and a cross-campus mobility campaign was launched enabling students to study some of their options on other HSE campuses.
HSE in numbers
As of October 2014, 25,000 students are enrolled in HSE, and 2,900 teachers work with them, helped by over 1,200 teaching assistants. They are all involved in implementing over 200 educational programmes, including BAs, specialist degrees, and MAs. 10% of all disciplines within the educational programmes offered are taught in English, although most of these are optional.
How students study
The average BA success rating across all campuses is over 7 on a 10-point scale, with those who participate in Olympiads generally scoring higher than those who passed the general entrance exam. But HSE courses are not easy, the proportion of drop-outs from BA and MA courses in the 2013-2014 academic year stood at 11%, with a significantly higher proportion coming from among those students on fee-paying BA courses than those in state-funded places.
The 2013-2014 academic year saw the first two modules of the internal University mobility programme draw over 100 student participants. About 650 HSE students were involved in international mobility programmes, 96 of them studying for dual diplomas and another 250 (three times more than two years ago) on courses that expect significant time spent abroad at the partner university.
All the second years (about 3,300 people) last year had to sit external examinations on English language proficiency (IELTS). About 71%-72% were graded 'excellent' and 'very good' by the HSE scale, with Moscow home to double the number of those who scored 'excellent' than St. Petersburg.
In Summer 2014, over 2,500 students graduated from HSE with BA degrees, over 800 with specialist's degrees, and over 1,600 with MAs. 11.5% of graduates were awarded honorary 'red' diplomas.
Almost half of all HSE lecturers are aged under 40, with the largest single group falling within the 30-39 age bracket (28% of all tutors). As for teaching load, then on average there are eight students per lecturer.
The goals to be achieved in this current academic year include preparing new educational standards for BAs, developing the 'minors' system for BAs across all campuses, incorporating projects into courses, creating new approaches to teaching the English language, widening the number of disciplines and MA programmes offered in English, and creating new public online courses.
Particular attention will be paid to external evaluations of quality and international accreditation of HSE courses, and to attracting international students. HSE summer school proved a successful experiment, making it possible to expand it with a 'third semester' – for summer school students who want to go on to enroll in HSE, offering them the opportunity to include their summer school attendance in their studies.
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.
On May 23-24, following the Days of the International Academy of Education held earlier this week, the General Assembly of the International Academy of Education took place at HSE University Moscow. The assembly brings together education researchers and experts from all over the world, and this is the first time that the biannual meeting was held in Russia. Over the course of two days, members discussed joint projects and publications and met newly inducted members who had the opportunity to introduce themselves and present their research. Members also took part in small group discussions on a variety of topics, including digital literacy and math education.
On May 20, the Days of the International Academy of Education commenced at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Experts from all over the world engaged in identifying global education policy trends will hold a series of meetings, master classes, seminars and open lectures. They will share their experience with Russian researchers, instructors and education policy makers over the course of three days.
The more a student engages with various activities on campus, the higher their odds of success post-graduation. According to a study by HSE researchers, not only academic but also research and social engagement, such as participation in student organisations and events, can be linked to the development of critical thinking skills which are essential for general wellbeing as well as career advancement.
The first meeting of IOE Expert Committee, which includes six international experts in education from five countries alongside three Russian experts, was held on October 19-20. The Committee gave an independent assessment of the Institute's activity and recommendations for finalizing its development strategy until 2024.
High school students’ membership in certain social media groups can be used to predict their academic performance, as demonstrated by Ivan Smirnov in his research. The analysis of school students’ membership in groups and communities was used to detect low-performing and high-performing students.
Researchers from the HSE Institute of Education surveyed teachers in vocational secondary schools in the Moscow Region, and compared the new advantages and disadvantages brought by the new conditions in their lives.
The report entitled ‘Twelve Solutions for New Education’, prepared by the Higher School of Economics and the Centre for Strategic Development, was presented at the XIX April International Academic Conference. Professors Martin Carnoy and Tomasso Agasisti, international experts on education and conference guests, have shared their views on the issues and initiatives highlighted in the report.
Professor Bjørn Stensaker, who teaches in the Department of Education at the University of Oslo, will be the plenary speaker at the 8th International Conference on Higher Education Research organized by the Russian Association of Higher Education Researchers in Moscow. The conference is due to take place October 19-21. In a recent interview with the HSE News Service, Professor Stensaker spoke about his latest research and the trends he sees in higher education, including the growing role of technology.
Students of engineering and economics, undergraduates of state universities, high performers, young people from wealthier families, and those working part-time while at university tend to expect higher salaries upon graduation.