At present, HSE University is capable of attracting Russia’s top applicants, including winners and prizewinners of student olympiads, as well as school students with high USE scores for entrance examinations. For its next stage of development, the University will focus its efforts on modernizing its systems for attracting and training talents, which will feature the following, among other characteristics:
- training talent and expanding the University’s geographic reach;
- utilizing flexible approaches to selecting and attracting applicants;
- digitization of communications with school students and applicants.
During this upgrading process, well-tried instruments for training and attracting talented youth will be maintained, including olympiads, subject-focused schools, lectures for Bachelor’s and Master’s applicants, and HSE Lyceum educational programmes. With this base in place, HSE University will align these projects with the modern-day demands for competencies demonstrated by both school students and university learners.
5.1. Training Talent and Expanding the University’s Geographic Reach
The HSE Lyceum is at the heart of the system for training and attracting talented applicants to the University.
At this new stage, the Lyceum will expand the range of its fields of training, as well as develop its high-school model, which would foresee academic autonomy on the part of learners (e.g., when building individual educational trajectories in accordance with p. 1.56 of the Federal Project “Success for Every Child”, under the National Project “Education”), as well as the development of research skills, critical thinking, project skills, methods for analysis and academic reading.
With a view to consistently nurturing “its” applicants, the University will enlarge the representation of the Distributed Lyceum, promote the Lyceum educational model in regional schools and create subject-based networks with partner and base schools (more information is in Section 9.1).
Thanks to cooperation with the Lyceum, educational programmes at these schools will be offered in a network format (as per p. 1.38 of the Federal Project “Modern Schools” under the National Project “Education”), while their teachers will have the opportunity to enhance their professional abilities and obtain independent assessments of their qualifications (as per pp. 1.8 and 1.9 of the Federal Project “Teacher of the Future” under the National Project “Education”).
5.2. Flexible Approaches to Selecting and Attracting Applicants
HSE University aims to diversify its approach to selecting and attracting talented applicants through working systematically with federal and regional platforms, which can identify and attract talent, and holding competitions and events for school students and learners, so that they can demonstrate and develop their knowledge (e.g., conferences, research paper contests in all fields available at the University, Olympiads, etc.) and practical socio-psychological skills, project thinking and teamwork abilities (through events like hackathons, case-study championships, team competitions, etc.)
For the purpose of attracting talented foreign applications, HSE University will concentrate its efforts on developing its existing and creating new centres for identifying talent overseas, which will employ multi-tier evaluation systems for monitoring applicants’ skills and knowledge (diagnostic appraisals), as well as implement annual on-campus courses for advanced training for teachers.
Moreover, the University will expand opportunities for international learners to get admitted by enhancing its cooperation with international partner universities and professional communities of subject teachers, as well as through the use of online formats for competition and contests. In addition, HSE University plans to introduce a designated system to comprehensively prepare applicants for the competitions held by the University on the basis of its foreign partner schools.
For applicants for its Master’s programmes, the University will roll out a flexible selection model, which foresees the unification of entrance examinations, the provision of opportunities to submit applications for several degree programmes, as well as early offers of study for students in Year 3 and 4 with the options for online instruction in order to pursue degrees at HSE University.
5.3. Digitalization of Communications with School Students and Applicants
For the purpose of developing the potential of future applicants and making sure they possess key skills and competencies, HSE University will create its own Distance Lyceum and the Children’s Online University.
Furthermore, HSE University will offer applicants digital services in career guidance: open introductory e-courses, self-appraisals, recommendatory and predictive services, evaluation of preparedness for USE testing, HSE University aptitude tests, etc. The instruments developed by the University may be utilized by academic institutions to introduce the latest digital technologies in their general education programmes within the auspices of the Federal Project “Digital Educational Environment” (p. 1.33), which is being carried out as part of the “Education” National Project.
The introduction of the unified CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system will help to maintain effective interaction with applicants, while an online centre for supporting international applications will ensure that 70% of selection procedures will be held online.
 HSE Distributed Lyceum refers to a network of lyceum specialized groups and classes in secondary schools and HSE University, operating in partnership. The Distributed Lyceum’s activities are governed by the Regulations on the HSE Distributed Lyceum and Regulations on Classes (Groups) of the HSE Distributed Lyceum.
 Partner School means an educational organization that works in partnership with HSE University on the basis of a cooperation agreement and embraces humanitarian values and systemic activity-based approach to instruction, thereby providing its graduates with a high-quality training so that they can pursue further studies at top universities, including HSE University. The activities of partner schools are governed by the Regulations on HSE University’s Educational District.
 Base schools refer to educational institutions, working in partnership with HSE University on the basis of a cooperation agreement; this organization provides its graduates with high-quality learning outcomes, with the goal of their eventual admission to top universities, including HSE University, while taking part in one of HSE University’s projects intended for adjusting instruction in line with the Federal Educational Standard for high school and/or putting together HSE University classes/groups, where studies be based on curricula authored at HSE University.
 Early Offers of Study on a Master’s programme is sent to graduates upon the initiative of academic programmes’ administration. The most motivated and talented graduates of HSE University and other academic institutions shall be invited for admission.