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11. World-Class University Environment

The University’s transition from standard classrooms to a university comprised of modern research and educational spaces which encourage the generation and dissemination of new knowledge will become the key principle for HSE University’s campus development. For the implementation of this principle and promotion of its brand, HSE University will develop a unified standard of managerial, information and infrastructure services to ensure the University’s competitiveness on a global level, as well as a design project for the campus providing for the universal design code, design of the environment and information resources.

Key features of the University’s campus will include:

  • modernized management system based on the digital university model;
  • distributed campus with up-to-date infrastructure available in each cluster;
  • competitive social infrastructure;
  • developed information infrastructure and digital services;
  • developed international environment.

11.1. Comfortable Conditions of Study and Work

HSE University’s faculties based in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Perm will be situated closely together to make sure that students spend as much time as possible concentrating on their studies, rather than on travelling.

Key areas of HSE University’s infrastructure development in 2019-2030 will be focused on:

  • increasing the share of transformable spaces in the total pool of classrooms available (multifunctional classrooms); using functional modern furniture in classrooms in an effort to create appropriate holistic conditions for the University's students;
  • сreating co-working spaces (for independent work in groups and self-study work of students);
  • providing classrooms, as well as co-working spaces, with equipment designed for classes/events held in online interactive format;
  • designing recreation spaces;
  • ensuring infrastructure for persons with disabilities.

Meeting rooms and recreation spaces will be available for networking and leisure of HSE University’s staff at each Faculty, and Professors’ clubs for academic staff. At the moment, only one third of faculty members are provided with workplaces, this ratio is expected to reach 60% by 2024, and 90% by 2030.

A unified standard for providing services to students, academic staff members and staff will be introduced at HSE University. 50% and 100% of all HSE University’s classrooms and laboratories will be provided with all services as per this unified standard, by 2024 and 2030, respectively.

11.2. Social Infrastructure and Living Standards

On the back of growing percentage of international students and students from other towns, comfortable living conditions can become one of the key factors of the University’s competitiveness which is vital for the implementation of this Programme’s objectives. At the same time, the model which is used for the maintenance of the university dormitories in Russia today prevents us from creating conditions comparable with other centres of student mobility worldwide.

In the 3- to 5-years perspective, HSE University will create (jointly with designated partners from among professional players of the real estate market) a differentiated system for providing accommodation to international students and students from other towns with regard to their opportunities and preferences, as well as based on the organized access to different types of accommodation with given characteristics.

Such opportunities will shortly be available at the inter-university student campuses, which are expected to be built as per the federal project “Education Export”, including on the principles of public-private partnership. All conditions for comfortable stay and study will be provided to residents, including the necessary social infrastructure and household appliances, to encourage the formation of international student community. HSE University will be actively engaged in the implementation of such projects.

In addition to that, opportunities available at apartment rental markets in the cities of the University’s campuses location will also be considered. To this end, HSE University will propose a set of services for providing accommodation, including the selection of accommodation within an hour-distance by any transport from academic buildings for the entire period of study, assistance for solving migration, organizational and legal issues, access to household services at the place of residence, Internet-services for finding roommates from among other students, etc.

Students eligible for benefits or those in a difficult financial situation will be primarily entitled to places in the University’s dormitories (including in cases, stipulated for by the University’s social programmes, when HSE University provides students with accommodation in the dormitory on a free of charge basis).

All campuses will provide study and job opportunities to students with disabilities. Furthermore, wellness and sports infrastructure, children's rooms, academic buildings equipped with storage spaces for bicycles and scooters will be available on all campuses.

At the moment, only 15% of classroom and lab spaces provide staff and students with the room for realizing their intellectual and creative potential, as well as for sports and leisure (co-working spaces for students and staff, gyms and other fitness centres, faculty and students’ clubs, etc.) Their percentage is expected to grow up to 50% in 2024, and up to 75% in 2030.

Furthermore, the University will raise public catering service standards to ensure high quality and reasonable prices for staff and students alike, along with maintaining high standards for public catering services.  

HSE University will ensure the provision of high-quality medical care services for students and staff. In turn, the University will allocate extra-budgetary funds to launch a programme to subsidize voluntary medical insurance for staff members after their retirement.

11.3. Information Infrastructure and Digital Services

HSE University will develop information infrastructure in order to support research, educational and administrative processes. To this end, the University will upgrade the digital infrastructure with respect to servers, commutation, multi-media and terminal hardware and equipment, as well as launch a supercomputer centre and develop laboratories for new technologies.

The University’s libraries will be transformed to state-of-the-art spaces with 24/7 access to information. Staff and students will be provided with secure remote access to the University’s library resources.

In addition, HSE University shall carry out the “Campus Card” project with a Digital UID to provide students, staff and guests with personalized access to all digital services available from all user devices. Mobile applications for navigation throughout each campus and each cluster at HSE University in Moscow will be launched.

The University will develop infrastructure for the operation of comfortable digital environment, including public charging stations, as well as necessary bandwidth for communication channels and wireless Internet access.

One of HSE University’s priority tasks with respect to the digital transformation is focused on ensuring information security and following legal requirements in the course of transition to digital technologies, which will be ensured as a result of implementing the University’s policies, mechanisms and information security tools.

11.4. International Environment

As the key condition for HSE University’s development as a competitive university of world-class, the University sees an environment in which students and staff, regardless of their citizenship and language, will be able to fully participate in all aspects of the university life.

HSE University will provide international staff and students with opportunities for full-fledged participation in the University’s life, including membership in tits self-government bodies. Furthermore, it will expand the offering of extracurricular student activities in international groups, as well as mentoring practices for international students with the assistance of Russian students. The University shall also ensure the provision of all services and information channels in several languages, as well as raise the requirements for language proficiency of administrative staff (i.e., working command of the English language, and cross-cultural communication skills).