HSE Public Administration Programmes Become the First in Russia to Receive International Recognition
HSE BA and MA programmes in public administration have received European accreditation by the EAPAA.
The European Association for Public Administration Accreditation has accredited HSE BA and MA programmes in public administration for 7 years. The EAPAA is member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and the European Alliance for Subject-Specific and Professional Accreditation an Quality Assurance (EASPA). Programmes offered by the following universities are among those to have been EAPAA accredited: Universität Potsdam, Corvinus Universität Budapest, Erasmus University, Universität Tilburg, and several other famous European universities.
The decision on accreditation was taken in late August at an EAPAA Accreditation Committee meeting in Milan. This is the first and only time that Russian programmes in public administration have received international recognition at this level, which testifies to their quality and compliance with European standards regarding content, organization, teaching methods, staff qualification, and many other criteria and requirements.
‘Preparation for accreditation took over a year. It involved almost all teachers, study office staff and a lot of students,’ says Andrey Klimenko, Head of the School of Public Administration. EAPAA experts analyzed the structure and quality of BA and MA programmes, the results achieved over the last 5 years, contents and teaching methods, students’ knowledge, and employers and alumni assessed the quality of training offered under these programmes.
Students who graduate from an accredited programme gain competitive advantages when applying for jobs in the programme field, or when pursuing their academic career further at an international level.
‘European accreditation of public administration programmes is the most prestigious in the world, along with NASPAA accreditation (USA). The programmes accredited at such a high international level gain a certain prestige among programmes in public administration. There are not many programmes like this in Europe at the moment: about 50 at MA level and 10 at BA level. Strong exchange communications based on the international recognition of course quality are established among these programmes,’ says Alexey Barabashev, Academic Supervisor of the School of Public Administration.
‘When applying for a job in organizations that cooperate with international partners, employers often take into account not only the successful completion of a higher education programme, but also the presence of appropriate accreditation,’ says Vadim Prokofiev, Academic Supervisor of the BA programme in Public Administration. ‘Thus, we are expanding employment opportunities and international academic mobility for our graduates.’
This international accreditation also sends a signal to international researchers, encouraging them to give lectures at HSE.
‘In Europe there are hundreds of MA programmes in public administration, but not all of them have received ЕАРАА international accreditation, like our programme, which is the first public administration programme to receive this accreditation,' says Nikolai Klishch, Academic Superviser of the MA programme in Public Administration. ‘This means that the level of education in this area at HSE exceeds that on offer in many European universities’.
This accreditation expands opportunities for international cooperation and further facilitates the conclusion of partnership agreements — from student exchange and credit system to establishing joint double degree programmes.
HSE Expands Offerings in Asian Studies with Opening of Joint Department with RAS Institute of Oriental Studies
HSE has been offering courses in Asian Studies for 10 years now with numerous departments and programmes producing research in the field and offering in-depth courses. In December 2019, the HSE Academic Council approved the opening of a Joint Department with the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IOS RAS). How will the IOS RAS transfer its vast experience and resource to its new home at HSE? And what traditions in the study and teaching of Asian studies already exist at HSE?
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.
In 2019, HSE University opened a Faculty of Chemistry, which offers a new bachelor’s programme in Chemistry. The Faculty of Urban and Regional Development, meanwhile, has opened a new bachelor’s programme in Urban Planning. Students of the programmes’ first cohorts and their advisors spoke with HSE News Service about their first semester of study.
In cooperation with the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), HSE University will now offer a bachelor’s degree in Geography of Global Transformation and Geoinformation Technology. Olga Solomina, the new undergraduate programme’s Academic Supervisor, and Nikolay Kurichev, Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technology, discuss the programme’s curriculum and the exciting opportunities that await new students.
Students of the HSE and University of London Parallel Degree Programme in International Relations earned some of the highest scores worldwide on the exams that the University of London administers at its foreign partner universities.
International students who are interested in applying to a bachelor’s or master’s programme at HSE University for Fall 2020 may now do so online.
Graduates of HSE University’s International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) traditionally receive their degrees against a backdrop of grand fireplaces, an oak staircase, and a balcony overlooking the Kremlin. This is because the ICEF holds its commencement ceremony at the British ambassador’s residence on the Sofiyskaya Embankment. And this is not by accident. Graduates of the ICEF’s bachelor’s programme receive two degrees from HSE and the University of London, respectively, while graduates of the ICEF’s Master’s Programme in ‘Financial Economics’ receive a degree from HSE and the London School of Economics. This year marked the ICEF’s 19th commencement ceremony.
The HSE University and Kyung Hee University double degree programme ‘Economics and Politics in Asia’ is currently enrolling students. Its academic supervisor, Denis Shcherbakov, spoke about the advantages of the programme, internships at Asian universities and companies, as well as the new focus on Southeast Asia.
On July 24, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and State Hermitage Museum Director Mikhail Piotrovsky officially signed a cooperation agreement. The university and the museum will collaborate on joint educational projects and research.
Maria Fay earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Informatics from HSE University (2013). Today, she works at SAP and is in charge of innovation projects in Central and Eastern Europe. She recently earned her PhD from the University of Liechtenstein. Maria has talked with the HSE News Service about combining education, work, and research.