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Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, the Higher School of Economics is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in eastern Europe and Eurasia. Having rapidly grown into a well-renowned research university over two decades, HSE sets itself apart with its international presence and cooperation.
Our faculty, researchers, and students represent over 50 countries, and are dedicated to maintaining the highest academic standards. Our newly-adopted structural reforms support HSE’s drive to internationalize and the groundbreaking research of our faculty, researchers, and students.
Now a dynamic university with four campuses, HSE is a leader in combining Russian education traditions with the best international teaching and research practices. HSE offers outstanding educational programmes from secondary school to doctoral studies, with top departments and research centres in a number of international fields.
Expert analysis and development of state-run programmes and strategies, as well as completion of analytical projects commissioned by large companies
|All levels of academic instruction – from lyceum up to advanced doctoral study||A wide range of academic subjects – instruction not only in economics and other social sciences, but also in the humanities, engineering and computer science|| |
Russia’s largest intake of undergraduate and graduate (Bachelor’s and Master’s) students receiving state-funded education
|Basic and applied research (on topics ranging from history to engineering and space) in over one hundred research institutes, centres and laboratories|
One of the highest levels of first-year entrants in the country
|Support for students and instructors to carry out entrepreneurial initiatives|| |
A learning process intertwined with research work
|Cooperation agreements, exchange programmes, and double degree programmes with universities around the world||International laboratories overseen by leading international scholars|
The Faculty of Mathematics ranks in the Top 100 worldwide for quality of undergraduate education and research
Students at the HSE’s International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) routinely demonstrate the best performance on final exams among all participants in the University of London distance programme
Charity and community projects run by students and alumni
Electronic subscriptions to Russian and foreign academic journals and major databases (EBSCO, JSTOR, and many more)
Modern, apartment-like dormitories for out-of-town students
Dozens of student organizations, including sports, historical dance and English language debate clubs
HSE enters the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 in the top 51-100 in Development Studies
HSE starts structural reforms aimed at introducing new educational standards that emphasize greater independence in student work and are in line with leading international practices
The HSE and Yandex open new Faculty of Computer Science
Victory in the 5/100 competition to improve the international competitiveness of Russian universities
HSE launches partnership with Coursera
The Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM) joins with the HSE
National Research University status granted
International Advisory Committee established, headed by Nobel laureate Eric Maskin
First HSE April International Academic Conference held
International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) opened jointly with the University of London
St. Petersburg and Perm campuses opened
Nizhny Novgorod campus opened
First student intake: 65 Bachelor’s students and 92 Master’s students
Higher School of Economics established
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The HSE was established as an economics university, and its first faculties primarily trained economists, managers and sociologists. But modern education in the social and economic sciences is interdisciplinary in nature, with educational and research discoveries and breakthroughs taking place at the crossroads of different disciplines and sciences. World famous universities such as MIT and Caltech base their models on cooperation between economics, engineering and the humanities; the HSE has embarked on the same path.
Lawyers and philosophers have been at the university for quite some time. A little later, the HSE launched a programme in history. History students are given a broad education in the humanities, which allows them to work not only in their fields but also in organizations that study and analyze social development. In 2014, the HSE began offering instruction in art history. The HSE’s Orientalists (specialists in China, Japan, Korea and the Arab world) can also be viewed as historians, cultural studies scholars, philosophers and political scientists.
When the Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics joined the HSE, future specialists in electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer security and space technology joined the ranks of HSE students. Together with Yandex, the university opened a faculty of computer science whose students focus on programming engineering, data analysis and issues related to artificial intelligence. They also solve fundamentally new research challenges in the areas of big data and information search.
Fundamental and Applied Linguistics is an area of studies that has been established at the intersection of mathematics and the humanities. At the same time, however, the university also offers instruction in classical philology. Knowledge of computer technologies will be of use to future journalists, which is why the HSE provides courses on digital media. The whole process for training graphic, interior, web and other designers at the HSE is tied together with projects carried out under the guidance of leading figures in Russia’s design industry.
The HSE’s Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning pursues its own form of spatial design. Currently the only research and educational centre in Russia that trains specialists in the spatial development of cities and regions, the school also carries out basic and applied research in urban studies.
Before 2014, the HSE had approximately 40 faculties and schools. In the spring of 2014, structural reforms led to the creation of ‘big’ faculties resembling the institutes that make up many universities around the world, including other Russian universities.
This restructuring was not about enlarging existing faculties and schools, but about joining them into thematic clusters. The ‘big’ faculties will include departments and schools, as well as research centres and departments of continuing education.
‘Big’ faculties that are made up of schools manage educational programmes.
The new university structure is part of the roadmap aimed at improving the HSE’s global competitiveness.
Faculty of Computer Science; Faculty of Economics; Faculty of Management; Faculty of Communications, Media and Design; Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs; Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Social Sciences; Faculty of Mathematics; Faculty of Law; Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM)
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Undergraduate students at HSE come from all over Russia – and the world. They enjoy:
Students can choose for themselves up to a third of the courses required for their majors, taking advantage of the freedom to pursue broader interests.
Academic mentors help students to design their curricula and support them in their project work and research.
One-fifth of all degree programmes consists of project work, so that students gain maximum experience and exposure, while enjoying full access to HSE’s extensive academic research resources.
All undergraduate students take an English language exam at the end of their second year. This ensures that they will be fully able to study in English-taught courses at HSE and partner universities abroad. (There are also dual degree bachelor’s programmes through the International College of Economics and Finance that are conducted in English.
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The Higher School of Economics works closely with leading foreign universities, business schools and research centres.
As of summer 2016 HSE has 242 international partners from 51 countries
Since 1997, the Higher School of Economics and the London School of Economics and Political Science (a division of the University of London) have been carrying out a project unique to Russian education. Instruction at the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF), entirely in English, is offered in programmes selected by the HSE’s U.K. partners. Graduates of the ICEF’s Bachelor’s programme receive two degrees – from the HSE and the University of London. Graduates from the ICEF Master’s programme receive a degree from the HSE and an official certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Instruction at the ICEF is tuition-based.
HSE is the first Russian university where different doctoral schools share common standards of research and dissertation preparation. The doctoral schools work to foster horizontal connections among doctoral students to encourage a more active exchange of ideas.
Doctoral students focus entirely on their research. They receive a monthly stipend and can receive additional income by working at one of HSE’s research units.All programmes include a strong international component: students consult with an international co-advisor and perform an obligatory internship at one of HSE’s foreign partner universities.
Advanced Master of International Business from HSE International Institute of Administration and Management offers an internationally recognized business degree.
Shortly after the Higher School of Economics was founded, educational programmes were established for adults who needed to receive advanced vocational training, occupational retraining, or a second degree in the area of management, finance, marketing, human resources management, or accounting. In 1999, admissions opened for the first group of МВА (Master of Business Administration) students, which was followed by programmes in business informatics, practical psychology, and corporate governance. Following the merger of the State Academy of Investment Specialists (GASIS) with the HSE, programmes in construction and municipal services became available to studentts.
The divisions of the HSE that offer continuing education programmes work closely with the university’s faculties, research centres and laboratories. They recruit highly qualified instructors with experience in business and consulting to teach students in these programmes.
Today the Higher School of Economics offers the following continuing professional education programmes:
Equipped with a diploma from HSE, our graduates go on to work in a variety of different fields and industries. Many of our graduates begin their careers with Russian and international companies in the private sector. Others work for educational and research institutions, governmental bodies, and non-profit organizations.
HSE’s Alumni Association helps graduates to stay connected. Alumni participate in the university’s seminars and conferences and have free access to HSE’s library. In addition, they often hold their own events in conjunction with the university and offer current HSE students internships at their companies. Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of especially successful graduates at the HSE Alumni Awards ceremony.
In 2014 HSE Department of Pre-university Studies announced the first admissions session for foreign applicants
The HSE works with pupils from Russian schools at all levels. There are numerous online and offline courses as well as olympiads in various school subjects for Russian schoolchildren. At the HSE’s Lyceum in Moscow, lessons are conducted by teachers from the university. The lyceum has a specialized curriculum. Depending on students’ preferences, they are offered courses in one of six areas of focus: socioeconomics, mathematics and informatics, the humanities, law, oriental studies or design.
More than 1,000 individuals study in the HSE’s Faculty of Pre-University Education in programmes for grades 7-11. Here, students go through a basic, beginner’s education course at the university and prepare for entrance exams. Students of the faculty are offered various educational tracks, including socioeconomics, humanities, and technology. Since 2014 foreign applicants can also join the preparatory programme at the faculty. The programme is conducted in Russian. However, there are intensive courses of Russian as a Foreign Language available for foreign participants.
Konstantin Sonin, Professor
In 2014, he became the first Russian academic in 18 years to publish in the Journal of Political Economy, one of the oldest and most prestigious journals in economics.
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The HSE operates more than 100 research institutes and centres, and more than 20 international laboratories led by foreign scholars, including the Nobel laureate Eric Maskin and the Fields medal laureate Andrey Okunkov.
The number of research staff has grown from around 100 to almost 800 over the last ten years.
Basic research aims to develop social sciences and make use of the university’s research potential to solve key social and economic problems. All research projects, both in the stage of development and following their completion, pass through a system of independent, external review. From 2006 to 2013, the total number of projects grew by a factor of more than 10. Most of these projects concern health care, education, social welfare, microeconomics, and economic and technological development.
Applied research has allowed the university to build a strong model for collaboration between academia, business and society. By commercializing research innovations and forecasts, and by completing projects commissioned by state institutions, state-owned companies and private business, the HSE has become one of the largest research and innovation centres in the country in the social and economic sciences.
Monitoring studies, carried out by the HSE serve as a source of relevant information for state agencies, the mass media and other researchers. Among the most commonly cited are Monitoring the Business Climate for the Real and Service Sector Enterprises, the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS), and Monitoring Enrollment in Russian Universities.
The university has initiated and developed a number of regional social and economic programmes.
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The HSE has developed comprehensive regional development strategies
Moscow ·Tambov Region · Tyumen Кegion · Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District · Kamchatka Region
The HSE has developed a number of regional social and economic programmes
The HSE has become a leading centre of expert analysis for the Russian government and Russia’s president. The university contributes to the drafting of legislation, government programmes and policies at both the federal and regional level.
The HSE provides analytic support to 10 government commissions and more than 30 government working groups. In 2013, a long-term forecast was developed for Russia’s scientific and technological development to 2030.
The Higher School of Economics takes part in several international scientific and technical cooperation projects and is a partner of organizations such as the OECD, G20, BRICS, UNESCO, UNIDO and others.
In 2012, Carol Scott Leonard, Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, was the first foreign professor to head an HSE department.
Nobel laureate Eric Maskin heads the International Advisory Committee, comprising nine of the most influential foreign specialists in education and economics, who oversee implementation of the university's development strategy.
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The Higher School of Economics was the first state university in Russia to recruit specialists on the international academic labour market. HSE’s Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) regulates all the main hiring procedures for international recruitment and coordinates the activities of internal and external experts under search and selection committees in each discipline.
The HSE regularly hosts academic discussions in which international experts take part. The most notable event is the annual April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development. Researchers from Russia and abroad attend alongside heads of the Russian government, Russian Presidential Administration, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, as well as the major Russian and foreign companies.
Since October 2012 HSE participates in the implementation of the EUNEG TEMPUS Joint Project 'European Neighbourhood Policy Law and Good Governance (EUNEG)'. The project supports the development of higher education reform in partner countries (Russia, Ukraine and Moldova), through cooperation with EU and in convergence with Bologna process and with EU developments deriving from the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in education and training (ET 2020) and Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (Europe 2020).
The HSE not only researches innovation, it creates a multi-level infrastructure for its development:
Business Incubators have been opened at the HSE’s Moscow and Perm campuses, and the Nizhny Novgorod campus features the Centre for Entrepreneurship. These organizations teach residents effective methods of building business, provide expert support for their projects, and help to attract investment and partners.
The HSE Innovation Centre works to commercialize the intellectual property of university staff members, forms a belt of innovative HSE ‘subsidiaries’, and helps to attract outside investment and partners for their projects.
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Venture Kitchen, a joint project with the HSE Innovation Centre, RusBase and Russian Venture Company (RVC), has become a new web-based platform for venture capital investors. It offers a number of options, including the opportunity to search a database of potential projects and start-ups and receive information on marketing research and venture educational programmes.
A university is not only an educational and academic campus; it is a source of new and bright ideas, as well as projects that establish a city’s social and cultural space. The HSE holds an array of interesting events within the walls of the university that are open to anyone. The university also creates new platforms for communication, discussions and overall fun celebrations in the city.
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Crow is considered a symbol of the Higher School of Economics
For many years the crow has been considered a symbol of the Higher School of Economics. The artist Anna Arenstein came up with it in 1996 to illustrate a new informational booklet about the HSE. The crow can now be found on any HSE souvenir, and it has also become a symbol of the university's annual awards.
The ceremony to award the main university prize dates back to 2001. The number and names of nomination categories have changed over time, but the prize has always been given to the best teacher, best researcher, best graduate and to people who have made the most significant contribution to the university’s development. Award winners are determined by a vote of the Board of Tenured Professors and receive a statuette of a golden crow.
In 2004, HSE students inaugurated the annual award to answer the eternal question: what comes first - the chicken or the egg? The Iron Egg recognizes the best student projects and achievements in different areas - from sports to charity and volunteer work.
Coinciding with the HSE’s twentieth anniversary in 2012, this celebration was expanded for the first time to combine Freshman Day, an alumni reunion and HSE faculty open houses. Since all open-air events were held in Gorky Park, HSE Day became a true city celebration that was open to everyone.
The graduation ceremony is the youngest tradition at the HSE, whose alumni base is becoming larger and larger. Bringing together all graduates in 2013 required one of the biggest sites in Moscow – Luzhniki Stadium.
Konstantin Sedov, a graduate of HSE’s Faculty of Law, founded Hospital Clowns, a non-commercial organization that helps rehabilitate children using non-traditional therapeutic methods
Charity and volunteer work bring together students, alumni and employees of the Higher School of Economics. Many projects that began as smaller student initiatives now have dozens of participants from the HSE and beyond.
Hospital Clowns is an autonomous non-commercial organization that was the first and is so far the only professional organization in Russia that helps rehabilitate children using non-traditional therapeutic methods – clowns, games, artistic performances and all around laughter. The organization was founded by Konstantin Sedov, a graduate of HSE’s Faculty of Law. Hospital Clowns is active in the hospitals of five regions in Russia. It holds international seminars for volunteers and has also organized a clown school.
Happiness Mosaic is a charitable foundation created by Anna Pushkova, a graduate of HSE’s Faculty of Management. The foundation supports orphanages, helps sick children and also carries out several programmes: Children and HIV, which operates in Moscow and Tatarstan; Experts of Charity, which provides training to volunteers as well as consulting support for NGO representatives; NuzhnaPomosh.ru, a charitable media project with the participation of over 70 journalists from leading national news sources; and Radi Glavnogo, which organizes meeting with famous creative people who have an interest in charity projects.
ICEF Outreach is a charitable organization created by students from the HSE’s International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF). More than 70 volunteers from all HSE faculties currently take part in the organization. The team helps four orphanages in the Tver, Ryazan, Yaroslavl and Moscow regions. They receive money for trips and financial assistance through charity bake sales. ICEF Outreach participants also hold charity nights at the HSE where talented students, professional singers and other famous individuals who actively partake in charity work perform.