‘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.
A delegation from the embassy of Armenia has visited HSE University. Vice Rector Victoria Panova and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the Russian Federation Vagharshak Harutyunyan discussed prospects for cooperation in education and science.
HSE Rector Nikita Anisimov joined the university in July 2021. In an exclusive interview to RBC he spoke about the important events that have happened at HSE University since then, whether it was necessary to quit the Bologna system, and how to attract international students to Russian universities. Here, HSE News Service publishes some of the highlights of this interview.
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On December 1, key areas of HSE University’s recently adopted strategy were presented at the extended meeting of the International Advisory Committee. Outgoing and new members of IAC learnt more about the University’s initiatives in human capital and AI research, as well as about its plans to build a Master’s Engineering School.
‘The Expertise of Members of IAC Will Be Instrumental in the Continuing Development of the University’
On October 5, HSE University’s International Advisory Committee held an online session. Yaroslav Kuzminov, HSE University Academic Supervisor, introduced the new leadership structure of the University and Rector Nikita Anisimov spoke about his vision for HSE University’s development. Meeting participants discussed various aspects of the University strategy.
On May 31, International Advisory Committee met online to discuss HSE University’s third mission, its implementation and place in the university strategy. The meeting focused on HSE University’s volunteering and social initiatives, cooperation with non-profits, community engagement, students’ field research trips around Russia, and HSE Business Incubator.
International Advisory Committee Convenes to Discuss HSE University’s Domestic Partnership Programmes
On February 17, HSE University’s International Advisory Committee met over Zoom to discuss the University’s recent activity and the progress of a number of projects being implemented under HSE University’s University Partnership Programme, which aims to strengthen partnerships and academic collaboration between HSE and other universities in Russia.
The HSE University International Advisory Committee met online on May 19 to discuss the proposed Codes of Conduct for faculty and students, as well as assess the university’s transition to online learning.
On January 24, the HSE Academic Council approved the new University Development Programme for 2030, which the Council had been drafting for the past year. Members of the Academic Council also discussed the status of the university’s digital transformation.