HSE Is Your Home, and You Never Forget Your Home
On November 18 the HSE Alumni Awards ceremony took place in Izvestia Hall. Since their establishment in 2007, the HSE Alumni Awards have recognized university graduates who have achieved significant successes in their professional activities. This year, anyone connected to the HSE, whether they are students, graduates, or staff, could vote for the winners via the HSE Family website. Opening the ceremony, HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov urged graduates not to lose tough with HSE ‘the University needs you, and you just do not yet understand that you also need it.’
This year saw a 1990s themed awards ceremony. The organizers encouraged guests to remember what Russia was like in the final decade of the 20th century. Each of the six awards nominations was symbolically linked to a particular year.
1992 — HSE founded. Nomination — Beautiful Debut
2012 graduate from the Faculty of Business Informatics, Rustem Gumerov, was recognized for his contribution to the development of smart data analysis in Russian business, for his work to identify talented young people and unlock their potential, and for his work benefiting the community. Rustem headed the analytical modeling section at Megafon, before moving to the Life financial group, where he currently heads the mathematical modeling section. He also works as a coach and project developer, helping HSE Potanin grant recipients.
1993 — the year that saw the country’s system of government change. Nomination — Public Service
2010 graduate of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, Polina Tonkikh, who currently works as an attaché with the Russian permanent representation at the WTO, was recognized in this category for her contribution to the improvement of Russia’s image at the World Trade Organization.
1994 — one of the most successful periods for business-initiatives. Nomination — Corporate Business
2007 graduate of the Faculty of Law Andrey Gorb, who is Russia and the CIS Development Director at Karen Millen, was recognized in this category for his contribution to the fashion industry’s development.
1995 — NTV broadcasts satirical programme ‘Dolls’ (Puppets – like the UK’s Spitting Image), this was a time of great freedom for journalists. Nomination — Fourth Estate
2006 graduate of the Faculty of Politics Ilya Azar was recognized in this category for his striking reports on controversial issues. Formerly Lenta.ru special correspondent, he currently works with the newly-created online publication Meduza.
1996 — Boris Yeltsin was reelected for a second term, Russia saw the development of tele-shopping and the internet. Nomination — Private Business.
More people were nominated in this category than in any other. In the end, two winners were selected. 2010 graduate of the Faculty of Politics Mikhail Dashkiev was recognized for his contribution to the development of business education and creation of Russia’s largest community of entrepreneurs in the Business Youth project. Graduate of the HSE International College of Economics and FInance Oleg Guskov, was recognized for creating and developing Russia’s first online-food customization project — MixVille.
1999 — saw the death of Raisa Gorbacheva, a key figure in the development of charities within Russia. Nomination — Philanthropy.
Most votes went to 2010 graduate from the Faculty of Law Galina Shatilova, who is director of the Hospital Clown NGO. She conceded that, 10 years ago, when she enrolled in HSE, she never expected to be involved in such an important charitable initiative.
University Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin also awarded a special prize to Faculty of Management graduate, General Director (CEO) of Sberbank Insurance Maxim Chernin for supporting the April conference. ‘HSE – is our homeland, and you can never forget your homeland,’ Chernin said.
Photos by Mikhail Dmitriev
A Harry Potter-themed university graduation party has been held at HSE. This year, the party was completely organized by HSE students, they selected everything – from the location to the entertainment, and not only graduates, but also their friends and family were invited.
On June 28, another university-wide graduation ceremony was held at the Higher School of Economics. This year, the celebration’s theme was the future and continuous progress. And the university’s graduates are the engines of this progress.
Political Analysis and Public Policy is the most popular Master’s programme among HSE’s international students. It draws people with professional experience as well as those fresh from Bachelor’s degrees to do research. Indra Prasetya Adi Nugroho is one of the 2015 new Master’s graduates. He came to HSE from a job in the Indonesian government.
On 20th June HSE invites all graduates, students and teachers to the Star Wars themed University Graduation Party at Space Moscow. This is without a doubt, the best party of the year. But to get the most out of it, remember to follow these few vital steps.
The club Space Moscow will become a spaceship for one night to whisk HSE graduates away into the film fantasy world of Star Wars. Guests will greet one another with, ‘May the HSE be with you!’ assured that this is just the beginning and HSE is the launch pad for their journey into a new life.
Dmitri Vinogradov is one of the first graduates of the HSE Master's Programme and a winner of the 2012 HSE Gold Award in the Alumni Academic Success category. Currently he is a lecturer in Finance and Postgraduate Programme Director (Finance) at the University of Essex.