‘From Egyptology to Neurobiology’
In the run-up to the new admissions campaign, HSE University Rector Nikita Anisimov met with journalists from leading media outlets to brief them on the upcoming campaign, focusing in particular on the types of support available to applicants and students and on international admissions.
According to Anisimov, the number of enrolments in bachelor's and master's programmes at HSE's four campuses will total approximately 15,000 this year. Applying in person will be possible once again in addition to applying by mail or online. New study programmes will be available, and some existing ones will be updated.
'This year's admissions campaign runs under the unofficial slogan “From Egyptology to Neuroscience”, which reflects the scale of the university and the range of training areas covered,' said the HSE rector. In particular, he mentioned a new programme open for enrolment this year— Drama and Film Acting—and noted the higher number of online degree programmes available.In line with the principle of 'four campuses, one university', HSE has one Admissions Committee and a single MyHSE Services Account for applicants. The university adheres to uniform teaching and learning standards and supports equal opportunities for all students across campuses. 'We have created a shared educational space across the four campuses,' Anisimov explained.
This year, HSE is launching the International Bachelor's in Business and Economics, a new programme delivered jointly by three campuses.
Speaking about HSE's efforts to support applicants and students, the rector highlighted the university’s policy to support applications from candidates facing difficult life circumstances, including orphans, young people without parental care, and children of military personnel. 'HSE is a highly challenging university, and vulnerable students may find it difficult to stay on top of their studies. Therefore, we set up the Office for Target Student Support to offer ongoing assistance to these students,’ the rector said.
The issue of international admissions in the current geopolitical climate was another key topic addressed by the rector. He was generally optimistic, since no more than 10% of HSE University students come from countries that have frozen or suspended relations with Russia in the sphere of education. This year, the university has already received enrolment requests from 130 countries worldwide. Young people from foreign countries actively participate in Olympiads, including the Open Doors scholarship competition organised by the Global Universities Association to support admissions to master's and doctoral programmes.
Another matter of discussion was Russia's withdrawal from the Bologna process. According to Anisimov, although Russia's education system is no longer part of the European Higher Education Area, all related regulatory documents are still in effect, and whether or not the legal framework needs to be amended will be determined by in-country consultations.
'When adjusting the country's education system, we must make sure that it is clear and meaningful to young people abroad,' the HSE University rector concluded.