‘We Are Very Excited by How HSE Continues to Develop’
The eighth annual session of the HSE International Advisory Committee has come to a close. Its chairman Eric Maskin, Nobel laureate in economics, summed up the results of the committee’s work.
We are very excited by how HSE continues to develop. It’s come a long way as far as the rankings go. More and more subjects are appearing in lists of the Top-100, Top-200, Top-500 departments in the world. That’s good to know, because it increases HSE’s visibility. But we are also excited by the new developments in the school itself. We were relieved to see that HSE is now in firm control of its doctoral programme and can run PhD evaluations the way that it wants, in a way that makes sense academically.
We were happy to see that after many years of great effort in upgrading research, there is now an effort underway to upgrade teaching excellence, which is an important step. In addition to experimental approaches, there are numerous well-established methods of improving the quality of teaching, such as videotaping classes for further analysis. We also recommend that HSE makes use of recent research on pedagogical methods.
We were intrigued by the idea of bringing data culture to all HSE students. It sounds like an important development. We feel that every educated citizen should understand how data function and its ubiquity in the modern world. But it is not something that is taught at most universities. We see the idea that it will now be taught at HSE to all students as a positive step. The ‘Exploring Russia’ Initiative, while it is not something that all students will be able to take advantage of, seems like a valuable addition to the curriculum.
We would all agree that entrepreneurship is central to a modern economy. All innovation, all economic growth comes from entrepreneurship, and it’s important that students understand its role. We were less persuaded that all students need to study entrepreneurship per se and that making entrepreneurship part of the basic curriculum was such a good idea.
One development that we were very happy about is the engagement of alumni. We met with a group of alumni, and this was an impressive group, not only in their own personal accomplishments, but also in their interest in HSE. They felt gratitude towards the place where they got their start and they wanted to give something back. We feel that there is an opportunity for the university to make even better use of the alumni. For example, many other universities are giving alumni the opportunity so serve on advisory councils for the university.
We were also gratified that the internationalization programme is being rethought and becomes more clearly focused in the productive areas. (Editor's note: Vice Rector Ivan Prostakov told the IAC members that HSE looks at cooperation with universities and students from China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia and Turkey as particularly promising). We are pleased to see how well the summer programmes and some of the dual degree programmes have worked. But we encourage you to think more carefully about which particular areas have been successful and are worth developing further. The idea of drafting an internationalization agenda is a good one.
Of all of the issues, we think that the idea of nurturing and developing the academic staff may be the most important. Ultimately, the faculty is the backbone of the university. HSE has done a great deal already to improve the quality of its academic staff. The idea of moving to one contract as a means of reducing uncertainty and treating staff members on a more or less equal basis – we see it as a positive step. But the criteria for renewals still seem rather vague to us. They need to be clarified, and more consultations with individual faculty members on this matter might prove useful.
The first meeting of IOE Expert Committee, which includes six international experts in education from five countries alongside three Russian experts, was held on October 19-20. The Committee gave an independent assessment of the Institute's activity and recommendations for finalizing its development strategy until 2024.
As the second-oldest HSE campus after Moscow, HSE Nizhny Novgorod has over 2,700 students, over 300 faculty members, and offers 9 BA programmes and 11 MA programmes, as well as several double-degree tracks. In addition to its educational activities and research, the university also serves as a forum for the city’s cultural life and carries out several projects aimed at ensuring the public good. Valery Zusman, Director of HSE campus in Nizhny Novgorod, talked to The HSE Look about the challenges and successes of global outreach projects at HSE Nizhny Novgorod and its proactive approach.
International Advisory Committee Meets at HSE: 'The University Is Quick to Respond to Recommendations'
Each year, the HSE International Advisory Committee (IAC) meets in Moscow under the leadership of Nobel laureate Eric Maskin. Committee members focus on reorganising the post-graduate school, updating educational and staffing policies, and a number of other important issues.
HSE Vice Rector Ivan Prostakov discusses the results of a recent International Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting, as well as the priorities the university has set for its international activities.
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.
Last week HSE International Advisory Committee held its annual meeting in Moscow. Eric Maskin, Nobel laureate in Economics, 2007, Chairman of the Committee and members of the IAC have talked to HSE News Service about the results of the meeting.
University rankings, which increasingly impact both universities' development strategies and state policy in higher education, was one of the main topics discussed at the meeting of the HSE's International Advisory Committee.
On December 7, at a meeting of the International Advisory Committee, HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov discussed the changes underway at the university and explained how the Higher School of Economics is working towards true international competitiveness as part of the 5-100 Project.
The meeting of International Advisory Committee starts December 6. Three newly appointed members of IAC have shared with HSE News Service their views on the role of external consultants in the development of universities, described their reasons for joining the committee and spoke about HSE’s academic reputation and the challenges the university faces.
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.