Nikita Anisimov: ‘HSE Is More than a University’
HSE University’s rector has congratulated students, teachers, employees, researchers, and graduates on the university’s 30th anniversary. He said that HSE University’s history was impressive for its swiftness—in just three decades, it has become one of Russia’s best and largest universities, joined the international academic community, achieved good rankings, and is now successfully competing for talent globally.
‘They say that big ideas have small beginnings. HSE University started as a master’s programme in economics. Today, it is a huge, comprehensive national research university. It has campuses in five cities, 50,000 students, almost 10,000 staff members, and over 100,000 highly qualified graduates. If someone asks me what the secret behind HSE University is, I’ll answer with the words of our motto: “We study not for school, but for life”,’ said Nikita Anisimov.
He also said that today, HSE University is a higher school for research, society, economics, and the country. HSE University deals not only in social sciences and economics, but also humanities, engineering, and computer science. Here, fundamental and applied research is carried out in genomics, social policy, economic forecasting, psychology, finance, and history. The university has a hundred research centres and laboratories.
‘I believe that HSE is more than a university. It is the first-choice university for the most talented students. HSE University is a flagship of Russian education, a leading centre of expertise and analysis. Our graduates make up the intellectual elite of Russia. HSE University is an environment that offers opportunities to develop one’s talents. Our researchers work on the frontiers of science. We are a driver of development in our country,’ the rector said.
HSE University Rector’s address
HSE Rector Nikita Anisimov gave an interview to the Business of Russia magazine in which he talked about the essence of HSE University, the importance of double-degrees, how online education differs from classical education and how sanctions allow for the development of domestic projects in the field of education.
Thirty years ago, on November 27, 1992, a historical event happened: the Russian government issued Order No. 917 ‘On the establishment of Higher School of Economics’. In the three decades since then, the university has evolved from a small school for economists to a multidisciplinary university; it has become an intellectual community that makes a contribution to the well-being of the country and the world.
This year’s Golden HSE awards ceremony took place on December 1 and saw a record number of nominees with 355 contenders for 10 different nomination categories. The winners of each category were determined in two stages. In addition, this year’s event was the second time the Golden Citation award was given out. This is an ‘award within an award’ that is given to the most-cited researcher.
The latest issue of Higher Education in Russia and Beyond informational journal is dedicated to HSE’s 25th anniversary. The issue opens with an interview with HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov, where he talks about how the University was originally formed, its guiding principles and the development trajectories it aims to pursue.
This year HSE marks the 25th anniversary of its founding. While this would usually be cause for pomp, ceremony, and long speeches, we prefer to save those for our 100th anniversary, and instead to mark the occasion with wit – and declare it an ‘anti-versary.’
As we celebrate this year’s anniversary of HSE, we will not recall everything that has happened with the university since it was founded; its milestones have been recounted numerous times already. We will instead tell you about the most important things that have happened this year.