2015: More Students, More Programmes, and Online Courses
On December 25th, 2015, the HSE Academic Council summed up the results of the university’s teaching and learning activities over the past year. Here are some facts and figures from Vice Rector Sergey Roshchin’s presentation.
Who studies at HSE?
The total number of students in various undergraduate and master’s programmes in 2015 was 27,500. This is about 3,000 students more than the previous year. 6% of these students are international, and in addition to this, over 450 students from international universities came to HSE as part of various exchange programmes for at least six months during the 2014/15 academic year.
Who teaches at HSE?
About 2900 lecturers taught students at HSE in 2015 (over 2160 in the Moscow campus). The university is continuing to expand its teaching assistant programme, and in Moscow, there were over 1340 of them. 76 foreign lecturers taught at HSE in 2015 (15 from the U.S., 11 from Germany, 7 from Italy, 6 from Japan, and the rest from various other countries). Almost all of them are part of the HSE staff and the majority of the international lecturers are employed by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
What do HSE students choose?
HSE students have the opportunity to choose a considerable part of their curriculum themselves. In addition to those disciplines directly related to their future profession, they are offered a wide range of courses as minors and optional courses. Minors in intellectual data analysis, management, financial economics, psychology, and legal business environment were most popular in 2015, with each of these topics being selected by over 250 students from various faculties.
Do you speak English?
Internationalization is one of the key features of HSE strategy. The university is consistently increasing the number of English-taught courses and programmes. It all started with just one ICEF, and in 2015, HSE offers 17 English-taught master's programmes and a wide selection of short-term programmes, including Exchange Semesters in Mosow, Saint Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod, as well as a special international Summer University. The plan is to increase the number of English-taught master's programmes to 22 next year. The share of specific English-taught disciplines is also growing, with the St. Petersburg campus leading the trend. Every fourth master’s course and one in every nine undergraduate courses there is taught in English, while all second-year students take an independent external English exam.
What does HSE do online?
The university continues to launch new courses on Coursera, the most popular global online education platform. There are currently about 30 of them available. HSE has also presented its first courses at the National Open Education Platform this year.
We aim to launch even more online courses in 2016, with 80 new courses planned; 54 on Coursera, and 26 through the National Open Education Platform.
50 open optional courses are available for students outside HSE. They are also available via video conference. About 35,000 applications were made to these courses in Moscow, and four of these open optional courses are taught in English.
A move to a new building equipped with modern research equipment, an increase in admission numbers, a rise in the number of articles faculty members publish in international journals – these are just a few of the achievements the HSE Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM) has made over the last five years. Throughout those years, the head of the Institute was Alexander Tikhonov, who passed away on December 9, 2016.
This year, many students and staff of HSE in Moscow will change the location of their study and work. Instead of some sites in districts on the outskirts of the sity, the university is using buildings in the centre. In addition to that, faculty departments which are now scattered in various parts of the city will move closer to each other. This will allow lecturers and students to spend less time commuting.
The HSE has concluded a process of expanding its faculties. What opportunities has this process opened up for students? How are BA and MA programmes now managed? Will this help ensure decision-making centers are closer to student audiences and scientific laboratories? Here we take the 'big' Business and Management Faculty, which now unites specialists in management, logistics, and business informatics as an example in exploring these issues.
The ‘big’ Faculty of Business and Management is being formed at the Higher School of Economics. The Faculty will include the current Faculties of Management, Logistics, and Business Informatics, which will be turned into schools.
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.
On November 7, the Higher School of Economics and Rossotrudnichestvo signed a new agreement on cooperation. The document provides a framework for the future development of partnerships between Russia, the CIS, the Baltics, and Central and Eastern Europe in the educational and academic spheres.
As part of organizational reform at HSE, two more ‘big’ faculties are being created – the Faculty of Economic Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities. These faculties will include educational and research divisions in their corresponding fields. Changes will also take place in the structure of HSE’s Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics.
HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov gave an interview to Moscow 24 TV about how prepared new first year students are for the most popular courses and about the careers of HSE graduates.