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‘HSE University Is Located across 138 Buildings in Moscow—Eight of Them Are Cultural Heritage Sites’

On August 30, the plenary session ‘Creating a comfortable urban environment is a determining factor in the development of megacities’ was held at the Moscow Urban Forum. The speakers at the event were Deputy Mayor of Moscow Petr Biryukov, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation Dmitry Tetenkin, Deputy Minister of Construction, Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation Alexey Yeresko, and Vice Rector of HSE University Veronika Minina.

President of the Sistema Charitable Foundation Larisa Pastukhova and Director of the Centre for Development of Technological Entrepreneurship of Bauman Moscow State Technical University Viktor Malinin also took part in the discussion. Journalist, radio and TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov moderated the conversation.

The session was devoted to the main programmes and projects implemented by the Complex of Urban Economy of the Capital to create the best living conditions for Muscovites and tourists. Vladimir Solovyov said that recently, Moscow has been rapidly changing. ‘This is a city that strengthens our entire country with its grandeur,’ he stressed. ‘But this is only possible when it is done clearly and distinctly on a daily basis. And these well-coordinated gears of everyday work create an urban environment in which one wants to live.’

Petr Biryukov presented the results of many years of work to improve the city. He talked about improving the infrastructure and appearance of streets, planting trees regularly, and improving the quality of air and water in reservoirs. ‘We were faced with the task of changing the very concept of the “environment”, to prove that people are important to the city,’ explains Petr Biryukov. For a comfortable stay, security issues were taken into account, pedestrian streets were upgraded, and areas for recreation and sports were created. The speaker also noted that currently, 90% of Moscow residents have green park areas within walking distance.

Dmitry Tetenkin continued the topic. ‘The environmental issue is an integral part of a comfortable habitat,’ he stressed. ‘In total, more than 13 million trees and shrubs have been planted as part of city programmes since 2011. The quality of water in the Moskva River has improved by 67%, the content of oil products and metals has decreased by 50%, and the quality of small water reservoirs is also improving.’

Alexey Yeresko shared that Moscow has already received solutions, practices, and competencies that small towns in Russia can adopt. ‘By order of the President of the Russian Federation, the average index of the quality of the urban environment in Russia by 2030 should reach 254 points, but Moscow has long exceeded this task and has had an index of 299 points since 2022. It is impossible not to congratulate Moscow on it; this is the result of collaborative work,’ he said.

It is worth noting that the maximum value is 360 points, which are awarded on the basis of 36 indicators of six main types, such as housing, public business, social and leisure infrastructure, green areas, street infrastructure, and citywide space. Each of them is evaluated according to the following indicators: comfort, safety, eco-friendliness, diversity and identity, the authorities’ effectiveness, and the environment’s modernity. At the moment, the average quality index of cities in Russia is 192 points.

Veronika Minina, HSE University Vice Rector, said that more than 50,000 people study at HSE University in Moscow, St Petersburg, Perm, Nizhny Novgorod, and the online campus unveiled this year.

‘HSE University in Moscow is located across 138 buildings in central Moscow. Eight of them are cultural heritage sites,’ said Veronika Minina. ‘Today we compete for the best students in the world. They choose not only the most modern educational programmes, but also the place where they will live and study. Together with Moscow, we actively participate in building the urban environment.’

The Vice Rector showcased some photographs of university buildings before and after HSE University’s tenancy in them. ‘All our buildings are built into the urban environment. The complex on Pokrovka is unique; it consists of 14 buildings under one large dome, including the Durasov House (an architectural monument of the 18th century) and the former Kuibyshev Military Engineering Academy. The complex is open to and locals alike—we conduct tours,’ Veronika Minina stressed.

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'We Are in a Building that Has a Rich History': HSE University Opens Durasov House to the Public

Numerous locations of HSE University are buildings of great historical and cultural value, of which Durasov House on Pokrovsky Bulvar is perhaps the most famous. HSE University offers tours of the building for both visitors and students, and for the fourth consecutive year, it is participating in the Days of Historical and Cultural Heritage held in Moscow. In March, HSE University launched a programme of scheduled tours of the building in collaboration with the Museum of Moscow. Research assistants at the Laboratory for Economic Journalism attended the inaugural tour to learn about the university's efforts in preserving its historical heritage and making it accessible to the wider public.

HSE Virtual Tour: Stroll Around the University from the Comfort of Your Home

In June 2021, HSE University and Times Higher Education (THE) held the online Young Universities Summit. It marked the first time the summit was held with support from a Russian university, and the choice of HSE University was no coincidence—it is the only Russian university to be included in THE’s Young University Rankings. Preparations for the forum included the creation of a virtual tour of several HSE buildings. We spoke to Deputy Vice Rector Marina Kozak about the content of the tour and the practical applications of VR technology for the university.

New HSE Complex on Pokrovsky Boulevard Welcomes Students

HSE University commenced the new academic year with a housewarming party marking the long-awaited opening of its new campus complex on Pokrovsky Boulevard. Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov, Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin, and vice rectors of the university took part in the event to welcome students, faculty, and staff.

HSE Open House: Where Physicists Study

Students in the Faculty of Physics, one of the newest departments at HSE, will find a homey atmosphere, understanding teachers, and the opportunity to engage in science from the first year of studies. Physics students Arslan Galiullin (2nd year) and Sofia Lopatina (1st year) will be our guides for this instalment of the Open House project.

13 Buildings, 3 Atriums, 78,000 Square Meters: HSE’s New Complex at Pokrovka Awaits

On July 25, upon the approval of the Moscow City Construction Supervision and the Department of Cultural Heritage of Moscow, HSE University’s new Pokrovka complex opened its doors. The complex, located at 11 Pokrovsky Boulevard, is HSE’s largest and most modern Moscow campus. Classes will begin there in September.

New Library Opens at HSE Building in Staraya Basmannaya

It will be located in Building B and is an addition to the existing library in Building A. The new library will be a space not only for those willing to go somewhere private with a book or a tablet, but also for teams who need to get together to discuss joint research projects. The library opens on January 16 at noon. The first 300 visitors will get to participate in a prize draw, which will introduce the readers to the library’s collection.

HSE’s St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod Campuses Get New Buildings

The acquisition of new venues can improve the conditions for studies and research at these campuses.

HSE to Build Sport Complex in Moscow

HSE will build a three-story fitness complex near the Kaluzhskaya metro stop in Moscow, adding to the university’s sports and recreation infrastructure. The complex will include a swimming pool along with a number of fitness rooms and sports halls. The Moscow Committee for Architecture and Urban Development has already given the project the green light. Let’s see what the city’s Chief Architect Sergey Kuznetsov had to say about HSE’s new addition.

Where Programmers Become Programmers

What are Euclid and Descartes doing in a building that at one time belonged to the Gosplan? What does M+P+ mean, and how do you get an internship at Google? In the latest edition of Open House, Valentin Biryukov, a second-year student in the Applied Mathematics and Informatics programme, and Maria Gordenko, a fourth-year student in the Computer Engineering programme, talk about these questions and more.

HSE Moves Closer to the City Centre

This year, many students and staff of HSE in Moscow will change the location of their study and work. Instead of some sites in districts on the outskirts of the sity, the university is using buildings in the centre. In addition to that, faculty departments which are now scattered in various parts of the city will move closer to each other. This will allow lecturers and students to spend less time commuting.