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Golden HSE 2017: New Way to Choose Winners

Golden HSE 2017: New Way to Choose Winners

On October 23, the first round of the annual Golden HSE competition got underway. This prize will be awarded in December for the seventeenth time. See what’s new on the ‘anti-versary’ award, and nominate your candidates.


The categories haven’t changed much since last year.

University Teaching Success

This prize will be awarded to HSE lecturers (excluding HSE Secondary School teachers) for outstanding teaching achievements, exciting lectures and seminars, useful courses and user-friendly textbooks, an attentive and fair attitude towards students, as well as actively supporting colleagues in boosting the quality of teaching at the University.

This category includes five prizes:

  • In science, IT and engineering;
  • In social sciences and economics (including law and international relations);
  • In humanities and the arts;
  • To instructors of foreign languages, military and physical training;
  • To the best academic supervisor of a doctoral thesis.

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.

A total of three prizes are awarded in this category:

  • In science, IT and engineering;
  • In social sciences and economics (including law and international relations);
  • In humanities and communications.

Alumni Success

This prize will be 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 category includes two prizes:

  • Best academic achievement;
  • Best professional achievement.

Contribution to the Development of HSE

This prize is awarded to individuals whose work has resulted in improvements to the University’s reputation, as well as its visible development. 

Golden Person

This prize is awarded to administrative staff at HSE study offices and other subdivisions for their initiative, friendly interactions with colleagues and students, and active sharing of experience among the University’s staff. A total of four prizes are awarded:

  • To study office staff, teaching and learning support specialists, staff of continuing education programme offices;
  • To administrative staff of HSE faculties and central administrative bodies;
  • To 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 campuses;
  • To employees of dormitories and maintenance units.

Best Book

This prize is awarded to HSE staff who have authored the best books and textbooks while working at the University. Please note that it is possible to nominate a group of candidates for a prize in this category.

Best Expert

This prize will be awarded to HSE researchers for expert analysis and publications that have sparked major public interest or promoted serious changes in public, municipal, or corporate policies.

HSE Lyceum Teaching 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.

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).

Silver Nestling

This prize is awarded to current HSE students and schoolchildren of the HSE Secondary School and secondary school classes for outstanding achievements in studies and research, interesting papers, a proactive attitude, and achievements in self-development.

Nomination of candidates for these prizes has already begun. You can nominate your candidate through November 14 on the Golden HSE website. Self-nomination is traditionally not allowed, but those looking to avoid attention are able to withdraw their own names from consideration.

With the exception of the ‘Silver Nestling’, ‘Friend of HSE’, and ‘HSE Lyceum Teaching Success’ categories, candidates may be nominated by subdivisions and student organizations, as well as groups of at least three HSE employees.

Award within the Award

One more prize will be given as part of the Golden HSE Award, as it was done last year. Together with Elsevier Publishing House (the Netherlands), the ‘Golden Reference’ award has been organized for HSE staff with high citation indices for papers published in the Scopus database. The winners will be selected by a jury consisting of experts from HSE and Elsevier.


Unlike the categories, the selection procedure has seen considerable changes recently.

The stages have stayed the same. First, nominees are selected, and then laureates are selected out of them. What is new is who will do this selection of winners.

A Big Jury will select a short list of candidates in most categories. The Big Jury will include four representatives from each HSE faculty in Moscow, the HSE Secondary School, and regional campuses. Faculty deans, campus directors, and Secondary School directors will choose these representatives from their respective departments. The Big Jury will select the winners in the ‘Silver Nestling’ and ‘Friend of HSE’ right away.

Importantly, the Jury can’t include staff members who have been nominated for the award this year.

The winners will be selected by the Competition Committee, which will be appointed by the HSE Rector.

The awards ceremony will take place in early December. The place and time of the ceremony have not yet been announced.

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Golden HSE Winners Awarded on HSE’s 27th Anniversary

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Nomination Process for Golden HSE Award Now Open

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Golden HSE Winners 2017

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First Official Friend of HSE Receives Award

During his business trip to Pantheon-Sorbonne Paris 1 University, HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov awarded Michel Sollogoub with the first Friend of HSE statuette in the history of the Golden HSE Award.

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Golden HSE 2016: Something New is Coming!

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