HSE Launches Online Course on the Digitalization of Megapolises in Partnership with Coursera
The programme is aimed not only at students, but also city administration employees, IT specialists, and company managers. Course content allows students to learn about the latest successful developments in megacity digitalization in the context of Moscow. There is no other course like it offered in Russia or the world.
The course was initiated by HSE’s Institute for Public Administration and Governance and developed by HSE professors and former members of the Moscow City Government, Artem Ermolaev and Andrei Belozerov. For the first time, they share step-by-step instructions on how to digitalize a metropolis while navigating organizational, technical, and informational limitations.
‘This is the first course to present a comprehensive survey of city digitalization methods,’ says Artem Ermolaev, professor of the HSE Institute of Education and former Head of the Department of Information Technologies of the City of Moscow. ‘Until now, there has not been a single, one-stop compendium, or step-by-step set of instructions on how to create a “smart city”.’
The course, ‘Digital Transformation of Megapolises: From Zero to #1 in the UN Digital e-Government Ranking’, examines city digitalization using the example of Moscow. The Russian capital began a vigorous digitalization campaign ten years ago, and today, as the course title reveals, the city ranks first in the UN’s biennial e-government ranking. Many services that are currently operating in Moscow were developed in pioneer mode and still have no analogues in Europe in terms of population coverage, scale, and speed.
The programme lasts eight weeks and includes text and video modules, as well as discussions for students’ most pressing questions regarding the covered material. The course also contains practical video content with examples of already completed projects in Moscow and abroad.
Users from any country of the world will be able to replicate the management and information logic. Like all Coursera materials at this time, the course will be open-access.
‘In a situation where all countries of the world are gradually closing their borders and forced to abandon their usual way of life, we want to keeps these borders open by making our course accessible to everyone,’ says Andrei Belozerov, Chief Expert of the Institute for Public Administration and Governance and an expert on the UN development programme. ‘Now, along with free entertainment content provided by cinemas, theaters, and even museums, you can also get educational content. This will help prevent people from getting bored in the absence of face-to-face classes.’
Andrei Zhulin, Vice Rector, Director, Institute for Public Administration and Governance, HSE
First of all, the course will keep things interesting for those (not only in Russia, but also in other countries) who previously believed that digital transformation is just a boring mixture of concepts such as ‘startup’, ‘Agile’, ‘Scrum’, ‘mobile application’, etc. The digital transformation of Moscow is 80% organizational rather than digital. This has involved the massive invisible labour of creating full-fledged systems for all spheres of the city economy and its information and technical structure, which supports hundreds of millions of transactions. This is a search for solutions that satisfy the conservative strata of urban residents; it is the balancing of decisions regarding different socio-economic categories of citizens. A classic example is the balance of public transport and private transport with all the costs of regulation and payment.
This academic year, HSE University will begin admissions to its new online Master's programme in Data Science, which will be offered on Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform. The application deadline for admission to the programme is December 6. Courses begin in February. Upon the successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Master’s degree from HSE University, which is internationally recognized.
HSE’s Online Specialization ‘Advanced Machine Learning’ Receives Outstanding Educator Award from Coursera
HSE's English-taught online specialization, ‘Advanced Machine Learning’, which was created in partnership with Yandex, became the first course in Russia to receive the Outstanding Educator Award in the category of ‘Innovation’ from the global online platform Coursera.
On February 24, 2014, HSE launched its first course on the Coursera online education platform. Along with St. Petersburg State University and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, HSE was one of the first Russian universities to host a course on the platform. Now HSE ranks among the top ten universities with the highest number of courses available on the platform, offering 91 courses which have garnered 1.6 million subscriptions.
Global online platform Coursera has launched the Data Science Academy project - a guide to the world of data science with a selection of the best online courses, specializations, and online master's programmes from world leading companies and universities. The English online course ‘Advanced Machine Learning’, developed by HSE in cooperation with Yandex is among the Academy's courses.
In July, HSE is launching two English-taught courses on Coursera. Enrollement for the courses is still open. The full list of online courses offered by HSE is available on HSE MOOCs page.
By early spring, HSE will have launched a range of new courses on Coursera in psychology, computer language analysis, economics, media and international relations.
‘Introduction to Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science’ and ‘Advanced Machine Learning’ are English-language specializations, both created with the support of the top Russian IT firm Yandex, while the specialization ‘Introduction to Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science’ was developed with the involvement of the University of California at San Diego.