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3. Areas of Development and Academic Focus

HSE University has completed its transition from an institution with a focus on economic and social sciences to a comprehensive university, at which Social Sciences and the Humanities, Life Sciences and Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science can develop on an equal footing, while also enriching each other. The University, in tandem with the Russian Academy of Sciences’ (RAS) leading institutes, has brought about the development of brand new subject areas in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geography. Thanks to this expansion in research fields in conjunction with the RAS and world-class research centres, the University is prepared to promote, globally and effectively, both traditional monodisciplinary studies and multidisciplinary areas of research, developments and expertise, primarily those related to the challenges, specified in Section 1 above of this Development Programme.

HSE University has already secured its standing for various fields in Top-100 in the top world industry and subject-based rankings QS, THE and ARWU: “Social Sciences and Management” (QS), “Sociology” (ARWU, QS), “Politics&International Studies” (QS), “Economics and Econometrics” (QS), “Business and Economics” (THE) and “Mathematics” (ARWU). The University has the potential to enter the Top-100 for another 18 subjects and industries, in which, at present, the University holds the positions in the 101-200 cohort: “Mathematics” (QS, US News), “Business and Economics” (QS), “Accounting and Finance” (QS), “Education” (QS), “Philosophy” (QS), “History” (QS), “Linguistics” (QS), “Social Sciences” (THE), “Arts and Humanities” (QS, THE), “Psychology” (THE), “Economics” (ARWU), “Political Sciences” (ARWU), “Law and Legal Studies” (QS, THE), “Modern Languages” (QS) and “Communication and Media Studies” (QS).

For monodisciplinary subjects, the University will select those R&D areas that contribute to the priority areas of Russia’s technological development and its global competitiveness.

A multidisciplinary approach, paired with extensive disciplinary expertise, will allow the University to establish new R&D areas at the intersection of academic disciplines, as well as integrate efficiently into international research projects.

In turn, HSE University will remain a scientific and methodological centre for the development of economic and social policy aimed at meeting global challenges and attaining national objectives for sustainable growth.

The key cross-disciplinary areas will be as follows: social and economic development, education and human development institutes, cognitive sciences, technological and digital transformation in economics and society, urban studies and transportation policy.