Golden HSE Laureates Announced
On December 20, 2016, the ZIL Cultural Centre hosted this year’s Golden HSE awards ceremony. This year saw several significant changes to the award rules: new nominations have appeared, many of them were divided into categories for different groups of employees — all to help ensure HSE was able to express its gratitude to a larger number of worthy candidates.
Aiming to be more informal
The awards ceremony took place on the threshold 2017, which will be a special year for HSE – the university will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its founding, something that was mentioned in speeches throughout the evening.
Inviting the HSE’s ‘founding fathers’ – HSE Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin, HSE President Alexander Shokhin, HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov, and the university’s ‘godfather’ Lev Lubimov – to the stage to give their speeches, the host wondered ‘who then is HSE’s mother?’ Shokhin answered ‘The Motherland’. ‘I'm serious. After all, 25 years ago a new Russia appeared, and one month ago we celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first government, which the following year signed a decree on HSE’s establishment. I am proud to say that I worked in that government.’
‘25 years is a third of an average human lifespan,’ said Evgeny Yasin. Voices from the audience corrected him: ‘It’s a quarter’. He continued: ‘What is a significant span in the life of a person is not much for a university or a country. Our life is just beginning.’ He then offered the following analogy: there are entities that once flourished, but which eventually faded away, such as ZIL; there are those that are experiencing difficult times right now, and there are those that will form the future economy. HSE, in his opinion, is in this last category.
Yaroslav Kuzminov also talked about the university’s upcoming anniversary, but put things a little differently: ‘I think that 25 years is a totally insignificant term, so I was thinking we should have a mock-anniversary. That will give us the chance to look at ourselves with a degree of humor, point out our failings or weak spots, and to take ourselves less seriously. I wish we were less formal.’
‘We still have a lot of things ahead of us, and that is a bit scary,’ said Lev Lubimov, Deputy Academic Supervisor, taking up the administration’s playful mood. But then he switched to a more serious tone: ‘HSE has grown into a place where people can start their creative lives, a place for them to live a life rich in friends and colleagues, and, finally, to leave this world with dignity.’
Yaroslav Kuzminov then invited the audience to honor the memory of the recently deceased Alexander Tikhonov, MIEM Director and Academic Supervisor.
‘HSE offers an opportunity to everyone who joins it. May you always stay with HSE, whether you are currently at university or already working, in business or somewhere else’, said Lev Lubimov.
Maxim Oreshkin, HSE graduate, who was appointed Minister of Economic Development of Russia at the end of November and who has now won a Golden HSE Award, endorsed this sentiment. He said that his memories of the university are often associated with stress and intense studies, ‘but I came here – and now I want to retrurn.’
Achievement in research
This prize is awarded to teachers, research associates, and postgraduate students of HSE and its branches for outstanding research findings obtained through their work at the University.
The winners are:
Igor Krichever, Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics, Academic Supervisor of the programme ‘Mathematical Physics’ in ‘Science, IT and engineering’ category.
Alexander Belenky, Tenured Professor, Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Professor at the Department of Public and Local Contracts Administration, Leading Research Fellow at the International Laboratory of Decision Choice and Analysis in ‘Social sciences and economics (including law and international relations)’ category.
Evgeniy Anisimov, Tenured Professor, Member of the HSE Academic Council, Professor and Academic Supervisor at the Department of History, Chief Research Fellow at the Centre for Historical Research in 'Humanities and communication sciences' category.
University Teacher’s Success
This prize is awarded to HSE lecturers for outstanding teaching achievements, exciting lectures and seminars, useful courses and comprehensible textbooks, an attentive and objective attitude towards students, as well as actively supporting colleagues in boosting the quality of teaching at the University.
The winners are:
Ossip Schwarzman, Tenured Professor, Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics in Science, in 'IT and engineering' category.
Kirill Bukin, Assistant Professor at the Department of Theoretical Economics, Lecturer at the International College of Economics and Finance, Academic Supervisor of the programme in Economics in 'Social sciences and economics (including law and international relations)' category.
Boris Gasparov, Professor at the Department of Comparative Literature and Linguistics of the St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Head of the Academic Council of the programme in Philology in 'Humanities and arts' category.
Yulia Pasko, Associate Professor at the Department of German of the School of Foreign Languages in ‘Instructors of foreign languages, military and physical training’ category.
Alexey Rutkevich, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Member of the HSE Academic Council, Chief Research Fellow at the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, Professor at the School of Philosophy in ‘Best academic supervisor of a doctoral thesis’ category.
This prize is awarded to HSE researchers for expert analysis and publications, which have sparked major public interest or promoted serious changes in public, municipal, or corporate policies.
Lilia Ovcharova, Tenured Professor, Director of the Institute for Social Policy is the winner in this category.
Friend of HSE
This prize is awarded to individuals who are not employed at HSE but whose long-term cooperation has considerably impacted the University’s development (except for charity and advisory support for HSE and decision-making as part of an executive office).
This prize is awarded to HSE staff who’ve authored the best books and textbooks while working at the University.
The prize was awarded to Oleg Khlevniuk, Professor at the School of History, Leading Research Fellow at the International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences.
Secondary School Teacher’s Success
This prize is awarded to teachers of the HSE Lyceum and cross-school HSE Lyceum for outstanding success in teaching, using innovative teaching techniques, and creativity in teaching.
The winner is Kirill Sorvin, Lecturer at HSE Lyceum, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Associate Professor at the Department of General Sociology.
This prize is awarded to HSE alumni for outstanding achievements in research and teaching, as well as for developing successful careers in community work, public administration or business.
The winners are:
Vladimir Mukharlyamov, ICEF Graduate in ‘Best academic achievement’ category.
Maxim Oreshkin, Graduate of the Faculty of Economic Sciences in ‘Best professional achievement’ category.
Contribution to the Development of HSE
This prize is awarded to HSE employees whose work has resulted in improvements to the University’s reputation, as well as its visible development.
Natalia Akindinova, Director of the Centre of Development Institute is the winner in this category.
The prize is awarded to administrative staff at HSE study offices and other units for their initiative, friendly attention to colleagues and students, and active sharing of experience with their colleagues.
There are four winners in four categories:
Alevtina Kostina, Chief of the Office of Studies (ICEF) is the winner in 'Study office staff' Category.
Marina Prokopova, Assistant to HSE Academic Secretary is the winner in 'Administrative staff' category.
Ekaterina Suetina, Deputy Head of HSE Printing Office is the winner in ‘Employees of the HSE Library, Publishing House, Office of Information Technology, Office of Public Relations and Online Media, and similar units at the University’s regional branches’ category.
Larisa Ivanova, Deputy Director of Education Building 4 (Maly Gnezdnikovsky), is the winner in 'Dormitory and maintenance unit employees' category.
This prize is awarded to current HSE students and schoolchildren of the HSE Lyceum and lyceum classes for outstanding achievements in studies and research, interesting papers, a proactive attitude, and achievements in self-development.
The winners are:
Anastasia Anisimova, 2nd-year MA student, Faculty of Economics (Nizhny Novgorod)
Alexandra Afonina, 4th-year BA student, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (Perm)
Ksenia Baidina, 4th-year BA student, Faculty of Economics, Management, and Business Informatics (Perm)
Albert Belkov, 11th grade, HSE Lyceum
Artur Bereza, 2nd-year MA student, Faculty of Law
Viktoria Buyanovskaya, 3rd-year BA student, Faculty of Humanities
Maria Guskova, 1st-year MA student, MIEM
Elizaveta Dolkova, 1st-year MA student, Faculty of Law (Nizhny Novgorod)
Varvara Zhavoronkova, 11th grade, HSE Lyceum
Ilya Ilyin, 4th-year BA student, ICEF
Kanat Isakov, 2nd-year MA student, Faculty of Economic Sciences
Kirill Kanishev, 4th-year BA student, Faculty of Business and Management
Vasily Krylov, 4th-year BA student, Faculty of Mathematics
Ilya Lukibanov, 4th-year BA student, Faculty of Economic Sciences
Semyon Presnyakov, 1st-year MA student, MIEM
Anton Rodomanov, 2nd-year MA student, Faculty of Computer Science
Milena Rubleva, 4th-year BA student, Faculty of Communications, Media and Design
Sergey Spassky, 11th grade, HSE Lyceum
Valeria Tolkacheva, 4th-year BA student, Faculty of Humanities
Diana Trushkina, 11th grade, HSE Lyceum
Kirill Shamiev, 4th-year BA student, St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Shamil Sharapudinov, 2nd-year MA student, St.Petersburg School of Economics and Management
Alla Shlykova, 4th-year BA student, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs
Evgeniya Shmeleva, 2nd-year MA student, Faculty of Social Sciences
This year, winners of another award, ‘Golden Reference’, were also recognized as part of Golden HSE. It is for HSE staff with high citation indices for papers published in the Scopus database, as recognized by HSE and by Elsevier Publishing House (the Netherlands). The main selection criterion is the normalized citation indicator. Experts will also assess publications’ academic importance and respective contribution to HSE’s overall reputation.
Nominees of the award included Vyacheslav Chistyakov, Professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Informatics (HSE Nizhny Novgorod), Boris Mirkin, Professor at the School of Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence, and Evgeny Osin, Leading Research Fellow at the International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation. Vyacheslav Chistyakov won the award.
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