In today’s dynamic and changing world, a good education that meets the challenges of the era cannot merely be a broadcast of accumulated knowledge. Independent mastery of new competencies is becoming the key competency for professionals. If a university is to teach responsibly, it must attract lecturers who have some experience producing such knowledge, both fundamental and applied.
Most universities in Russia don’t yet live according to this paradigm. The concept of a university is limited to teaching here. But the best global universities are, above all, research centres. HSE follows their lead. That is why it is actively involved in research – so it can speak to its partners as equals. HSE is a research university.
We produce fundamental knowledge. This is the kind of knowledge that might lack an immediate applied result. But competitive research results help the university become part of the highest global league. The best contribution to our advertising is our papers in leading international journals, which help HSE achieve recognition and acknowledgement in the academic community.
HSE is about global visibility, but it’s essential to find balance and remain within the national discourse. Many see these tasks as conflicting, but we are trying to catch the synergy. We are building a development model that keeps our purpose of inclusion in the global agenda from contradicting the desire to contribute to the development of the region, the national market, and so on. This means that HSE’s research should be seen in the context of all studies, even fundamental ones, contributing on the one hand to the evolving research standards on the national academic market, while aiming to solve certain local problems of the region and the country on the other.