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HSE Lyceum Opened in Moscow

On the first day of the new school year, the first HSE Lyceum students spoke with representatives of the University’s administration and learned that that the Lyceum will prepare them for actual study at the University, not just to be admitted. For their part, the students are expected to be honest and bring fresh ideas.


The HSE Lyceum is an experimental project of the Higher School of Economics and the Moscow Department of Education. This is the first time that a lyceum has been created directly as part of a university’s structure. Fifty-eight Moscow tenth-graders will start the school year at the Lyceum. They’ve passed a three-stage selection process that involved an essay competition; tests in mathematics, Russian, and a foreign language; and an interview. Roughly 250 people participated in the competition for admission. It is planned that in the future the HSE Lyceum will enroll students starting from the eighth grade.


Isak Froumin, Natalya Lubomirskaya, Tatyana Vasilieva, Lev Lubimov
Isak Froumin, Natalya Lubomirskaya, Tatyana Vasilieva, Lev Lubimov
The Higher School of Economics has long worked with secondary schools in various Russian regions. For example, the Perm and Nizhny Novgorod campuses form university districts, which include several dozen schools. In 2003, an HSE lyceum was founded in Perm on the basis of an ordinary public school that now participates in an international undergraduate programme: its graduates get special diplomas allowing them to be enrolled in the world’s leading universities. But the Moscow HSE Lyceum is the first in Russia to be a bona fide university department, as, for example, are the faculties.

The Lyceum’s founders see their task as preparing pupils not simply for university admission, but for studying within the university. Like HSE students, the Lyceum students have an opportunity to form an individualized curriculum, and the study materials are available in digital form. HSE professors and professionals from HSE departments who are affiliated with leading Russian companies will deliver master classes for Lyceum students. But along with opportunities comes responsibility: like HSE students, the Lyceum pupils are expected to complete their assignments honestly; plagiarism and other forms of cheating will be suppressed and punished.

One hundred seventy-five HSE students agreed to help the Lyceum in its work with pupils, said Lyceum Director Natalia Lyubomirskaya.



Oleg Seregin, HSE News Service
Photos by Nikita Benzoruk

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