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6. Students’ and Alumni’s Role in HSE University’s Mission

HSE University’s students are among the most gifted and promising representatives of their generation, who are capable of making a considerable input in Russia’s development. The University’s key task is to foster beneficial conditions for the success of each student and alumnus, encourage professional and civil ethics and understanding, provide support for nationwide and corporate interests and values, as well as promote value of mutual support and assistance.

Within this framework, HSE University will focus on:

  • involving students in extracurricular projects through promoting its mentoring system and student volunteering initiatives;
  • popularizing science via engaging students in the work of the University’s research subdivisions, including their participation in popular science events;
  • expanding alumni participation in the University’s life, mentoring and loyalty programmes.

6.1. Teamwork and Soft Skills Development

HSE University will foster mentoring and partnerships throughout student community: cohorts of “senior” students will pass the University’s traditions and values on to “younger” generations (including Lyceum students), and, in doing so, will mould a common identity, as well as promote responsibility and commitment to the University’s development. Furthermore, the best students will become mentors, learning support coordinators and managers of the University-held olympiads.

The University will continue to provide support to student volunteering activities, such as events of the “Social Activity” Federal Project under the National Project “Education”.

In addition, extracurricular project work will help student acquire soft skills, unlock their creative potential, as well as develop social capital.

6.2. Popularization of Science

HSE University will provide more opportunities for student research work through increasing the number of research and study laboratories and projects at its subdivisions opened to students, while also launching a platform for project proposals for students and a research assistant programme. Students with high academic potential, as well as groups of research and teaching assistants, will ensure intensive academic communication among students and act as drivers for new research teams comprised of young scholars.

In addition, the University will facilitate the student recruitment on academic staff positions internally, as well as R&D positions with other employers, through the new designated career services.

The University will scale up popular science projects (science battles, science festivals, and student research blogs) to provide those students who are not seeking research-focused careers with the opportunity to keep up with current developments in contemporary science.

6.3. Alumni’s Involvement in HSE University’s Life

HSE University will engage alumni through providing them with opportunities to take part in educational, research and project activities, and promoting the mentoring programme “Alumnus – Student”, as well as implementing various loyalty programmes.

The University’s alumni will become instrumental in promoting its brand, marketing educational programmes, disseminating developments, through such associations as the HSE Alumni Ambassadors Club.

HSE University monitors the professional tracks of its alumni, and a portal with their profiles will be launched on the University’s website (portal).

Those alumni, who wish to make a personal contribution to the University’s development and the system of higher education on the whole, can take part in the replenishment of the University’s endowment: funds will be allocated for the implementation of development projects, grant and scholarship programmes, support of talented students, including children from low-income families.