Redundancy and crisis — these are the words higher education experts Philip G. Altbach and Hans de Wit use to describe the situation in the global market of academic publications. It has been largely caused by external factors, such as the rise of university rankings that focus on the number of research and papers and pressure by publishers. But universities’ behavior is also an explanation for the crisis. Many of them try to imitate research universities and produce lots of publications of widely varying quality, the experts said in their paper in the HSE journal International Higher Education.
HSE Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Aaron James Wendland, recently launched a popular philosophy column in a prominent British Magazine: The New Statesman. In this interview, we ask Aaron about his research interests, his experience at HSE, and the rationale behind his new column on popular philosophy.
The academic publisher Elsevier has given awards to Russian scholars with the best citation indices in the Scopus database of research publications. HSE is the university with the most winning scholars.
Moscow Lectures, a new series of books in English, is set to be published by Springer Nature. The series is issued jointly by HSE and Skoltech, and its Editor-in-Chief is Alexey Gorodentsev, Professor at the HSE Faculty of Mathematics. Twelve volumes are currently in preparation and the first volume will be published at the beginning of June 2018. The series builds on the outstanding research and education in the field of mathematics in Moscow. It is aimed at graduate and undergraduate students, as well as lecturers and researchers, across the globe.
Tenured Professor at the Higher School of Economics, Alexander Arkhangelsky, has been named one of eight finalists in the national literary award ‘The Big Book’.
On November 16, the winners of the Prosvetitel (‘enlightener’) award for best popular science books in Russian were announced. 'Constructing languages: from Esperanto to Dothraki' by Alexander Piperski, Senior Lecturer at the School of Philology, won in the Humanities category. The winner in the Natural Sciences category is 'That’s crazy! A guidebook of psychological disorders for a big city resident', a book by HSE graduates Daria Varlamova and Anton Zainiev.
The 1,000th working paper, which came out this November, discusses how innovative companies in the U.S. fund projects. Its authors are Anastasia Stepanova and Maria Kokoreva, research fellows at the HSE Corporate Finance Center, and Kirill Povkh, first-year Master’s student in the Corporate Finance programme.