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Student Initiative Competition Winners Announced

There are 14 student project winners in the second student initiative support competition. This year, for the first time, entries included projects from the HSE St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm campuses.

Out of 70 student applications the Fund Committee selected 21 to make a public pitch for their ideas. The 14 best pitches won. A list of the projects which will receive funding is published on the Centre for Student Initiate Support website (in Russian). The maximum for a single project this year is 200,000 roubles.

‘We had several criteria for judging the projects,’ explains Tatyana Dubova, Director for Students and Alumni Affairs and member of the Student Initiative Support Committee (a combination of HSE staff and alumni), ‘firstly, we were looking for projects that fitted the aims of the fund in general and the competition in particular. They should be about addressing social issues, social enterprise, improving student life and engagement in extracurricular activities and educational initiatives. Secondly, we rated them on teamwork and project management skills. The pitches revealed whether each project could stand the test or not.’  

Among the best projects, the fund committee particularly liked the student press centre in Nizhny Novgorod - a creative association of student organisations (the newspapers NoVSHEsti and NoVSHEsti +, HSE LIVE and Art Lab and the radio station HSE FM) all working to provide quality news and information about the HSE Nizhny Novgorod campus. The aim of the project was to increase the percentage of student engagement in extracurricular activities from 10-40% in one year. 

The committee supported the HSE Perm educational project ‘Citizen’s Way’ which aims to create a space for open discussions on the particular challenges to establishing civil society in Russia today. 

The HSE Charity Day student’s project (a joint project by ICEF Outreach and Otkroi glaza - open your eyes -) was awarded funding. ICEF has been running its project ICEF Outreach since 2007. Volunteers make regular visits to orphanages, help cancer patients, and support people in need. The charity project Otkroi glaza started in 2008 to collect money and toys, clothes, etc.,  for orphanages and hospitals and organises outings for carers and patients. This year they decided to combine forces to organise the HSE Festival of Goodness.

The fund committee also supported the idea to create a mobile app for students living in the out of town HSE dorms ‘Dubki’ 7 and 9 in Moscow. The app would be a kind of guide to the ‘Dubki’ dorm, providing students with news updates, commuter train timetables, information about HSE events and more.

Anastasia Chumak, HSE News Service Website


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