HSE Rector oversees the direct administration of activities at HSE. Like the Academic Council, the rector is elected by a committee of university staff. The HSE rector manages the university with complete authority and is personally responsible for the quality of education at the university and its financial activities. An advisory body called the rectorate functions underneath the rectorate. At rectorate sessions, key current issues related to the university's operations are discussed.
HSE President participates in the creation of the University Programme of Development and represents the university to government bodies, non-governmental organizations, professional and business associations, and unions.
HSE Academic Supervisor supervises HSE’s academic activities, represents the university in scientific organisations, and participates in the development of the university strategic development programme.
HSE Vice Rectors are responsible for different lines of university's operation. Distribution of duties between the Vice Rectors and senior directors (directors), their powers and responsibilities are set up by the Rector’s directive. Vice Rectors and senior directors (directors) are responsible to the Rector for the progress in the areas of their responsibility.
Faculty deans oversee the activities of their faculties. In each faculty, an academic council is elected to serve as the faculty’s representative body.
The Supervisory Council provides recommendations on amendments to HSE’s Charter, the establishment of branches and representative offices, draft plans for HSE financial and economic activity, HSE financial audit procedures, and other issues.
Conference of University Staff and Students
The Conference convenes every five years (or more often if deemed necessary). The Conference’s areas of focus include:
- approval of HSE’s Charter and/or any amendments therein;
- election of the University’s Academic Council;
- approval of HSE’s development programme.
The Academic Council is a representative body elected by a committee of research and teaching staff with participation from other staff and students. The Academic Council is responsible for general administration of HSE. It defines key directions for HSE's development, including educational and research activities, and also approves its financial, economic, and social development plans.
Board of Tenured Professors
The Board of Tenured Professors is an independent body within the university that serves in a purely advisory role, addressing strategic issues relating to HSE’s academic and educational mission. It is made up of members of HSE’s teaching and research staff. The board supports the implementation of HSE’s development strategy goals as stated in the in the University Charter. The status of tenured professor is conferred upon outstanding teachers who are HSE staff members, hold the position of professor, and have made special achievements.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees was established to help solve short-term and long-term challenges related to the university’s development. It also serves to attract and supervise the use of additional financial resources to support its activities in priority areas of development.
Supervisory Council of the HSE Development Programme
The Supervisory Council monitors and carries out expert reviews of the effectiveness of the development programme of state educational institution ‘State University - Higher School of Economics’, which has received the status of ‘National Research University’, for the 2009-2018 period.
HSE Student Council
The HSE Student Council is integral to the University’s administration. Council members hold a consultative vote and may participate as full-fledged members at meetings of the HSE Academic Council, where they can express the opinions and concerns of students in regards to all kinds of issues. The council includes representatives of faculty student councils, international student associations and dormitory boards.
Any HSE student can approach the council with an initiative or to discuss a concern. The council’s structure features the following committees:
- Educational Quality Committee;
- Finance Committee;
- Social Committee;
- Legal Committee;
- External Relations Committee;
- Information Committee;
- Extra-curricular Committee.
Furthermore, the HSE Student Council also includes the Centre for Monitoring and Statistics, as well as realtor and volunteer centres.
HSE Student Ombudsman
The HSE Student Ombudsman is elected every year by students through a secret ballot. Their job is to defend the rights of HSE’s students, while also facilitating the best and most comfortable conditions for their time at the University. Students may contact the ombudsman with concerns or ideas regarding studies, dorm issues, and extra-curricular activities. Should a conflict arise between students, student organizations and student councils, and/or between student governing bodies, the ombudsman, as HSE students’ official representative, may act as an arbitrator in such situations.