All Students to Be Given HSEcoins at HSE Day
At the beginning of the new academic year, HSE launched a new mechanism for supporting student projects – HSEcoin. Now students will be the ones deciding how financing will be distributed to student initiatives.
Starting September 13, the university will transfer HSEcoins to students every year. These HSEcoins can be spent in only one way – as donations to student projects and initiatives. HSEcoins can be found and managed on the HSE Family website under the ‘HSEcoin’ section.
Here, proactive students will be able to create their own non-commercial projects and announce that they are collecting HSEcoin donations. Once they receive the necessary amount, they can buy goods and services through the Student Initiative Support Centre for the equivalent amount of rubles. The university sets the HSEcoin-to-ruble exchange rate each year, and an announcement will be made in August as to how many HSEcoins will be distributed to students in 2018.
The HSEcoin section of the website will open on September 3 for the creation of projects, and HSEcoins themselves are set to be distributed to users on HSE Day, or September 13. This timeframe was set so that students will have had time to find their favourite student projects by the time the site fully launches.
For students who intend to launch their projects before the first HSEcoins are distributed, the HSE Student Initiative Support Centre is holding a special hackathon on September 5th and 6th. During this time, students can learn everything there is to know about HSEcoin, consult with experts, launch a project, and fine-tune their project there. The best way to amass ‘heaps’ of HSEcoin on HSE Day and get the amount you’re asking for is to publish your student project before the university issues HSEcoin to students. Registration is required to attend the hackathon.
Students can give their HSEcoins to the projects they like on HSE Day if they head to Studlife Alley or HSE Land, or if they go through the Freshman Quest.
On September 20, coordinators will give a large presentation on the project. In particular, they will announce the initial results of HSEcoin implementation and also talk about where the idea for the new student initiative support mechanism came from, as well as its possibilities. Registration required.
Igor Chirikov, HSE Vice Rector
The implementation of HSEcoin means that in order to receive university support, student projects need to convince not university administration, but HSEcoin holders – that is, the HSE community – of their relevancy. HSEcoin gives students the opportunity to try their hand at carrying out crowd and PR campaigns, and it also helps student projects find the right audience.
Additionally, HSEcoin is being implemented alongside existing support mechanisms: the student project contest, the simplified contest, and student organisation base financing. In the future, HSEcoin could become the key source of financing for student projects, possibly replacing all other financing options.
On May 31, MIEM students will present their projects at the Institute’s annual exhibition, which this year will be held online. Of 200 team projects created at the Institute this past academic year, the expo will feature the 25 most brilliant and successful, both in terms of innovation and practicality.
Though students of the Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM) only learned that their defenses would be moved to an online format a few weeks before the defense date, they showed impressive results. 134 projects developed by student teams collectively totaling 383 students were presented. Of them, the best 37 projects were recommended for participation in the annual MIEM Tech Show.
Daria Romanova, third-year student of Information Science and Computation Technology, with her project, ‘Developing immersive software with a performance analysis system for teaching physics at high school’, won the Innovation Promotion Fund’s national UMNIK programme. The programme supports research and technology projects with commercial potential by young researchers.
In 2018, MIEM became HSE University’s first department to officially introduce project work to its curriculum. Students choose their projects in September and present them in poster form in January. The January poster session serves as an interim evaluation mechanism before student present their final versions of their projects before an expert jury in May and June.
The best features of the university model created by HSE over the years will be preserved, but a new model is essential for further development. This new model will focus on project-based learning for all students, as well as the digital transformation in the field of education.
Starting this academic year, hands-on project work has officially been incorporated into the MIEM educational programme curricula. Working within real-world professional parameters, current third-year students designed, soldered or coded projects for real clients. Once the students presented their projects at a final defense, a Tech Show was held at HSE University for the first time on June 10.
From March 8th to April 7th, 2019 HSE ART GALLERY is hosting a large-scale exhibition on the topic of Women Who Change the World. This joint project by HSE ART GALLERY and LEVI`S® has given HSE Art and Design School students the opportunity to realize their ideas on this important theme.
Master’s programme in Prototyping Future Cities offered by the HSE Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism was launched in 2017 and has since become quite popular among international students. Students from all over the world come to Moscow to learn how to use technologies to deal with future challenges of urban development. Two of the first-year students have talked to HSE News Service about studying on the programme and the projects they have been working on.
The projects ‘Twelve Labours of PR Expert’ and ‘MuzVyshka’ were among the winners at Eventiada IPRA Golden World Awards 2018, Eastern Europe’s largest award in communications.
At the beginning of the new academic year, HSE launched a new mechanism to support student projects called HSEcoin. The first phase of fundraising through this platform took place from September 13 to November 20. During this time, student projects managed to collect 5,069.14 HSEcoins, which equals more than one million roubles based on 2018 exchange rates. Below is a summary of the first phase of the HSEcoin campaign.