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9. Contributing to the Development of Russia’s Education System

One of the key focuses of HSE University’s activities up until 2030 will be its contribution to the development of education system and attainment of the objectives specified in the National Project “Education” through the following:

  • conducting research and carrying out expert and analytical work;
  • providing methodological support for the development of education and the national academic community;
  • providing expert and analytical support for the national education policy;
  • developing digital educational technologies, aimed at customization and improvement of educational processes; piloting and disseminating best practices throughout Russia’s regions; 
  • building a system of universally accessible open educational resources.

The objectives to contribute to the Russian education system’s development and prepare new in-demand professionals are attainable owing to the University’s participation in the national programme “Digital Economy in the Russian Federation” (specifically, the National Project “Professionals for the Digital Economy”). 

9.1. Contributing to School Education in Russia

HSE University will continue to strengthen its ties with regional schools (for more details, see p. 5.1). As part of this effort, support for schools operating in challenging conditions[1] will become a new project for the University. Such schools will get new classes with specializations associated with HSE University's programmes, while teaching and administrative staff of these schools will be able to take advanced trainings at the University.

Building on the experience of the HSE Lyceum, the University will develop the “school as part of a university” model, create digital resources for field-specific training, and provide methodological support for other schools incorporated in the structures of academic institutions.

So as to instil academic competencies and soft skills in school students, an online platform for self-education, research and project work will be opened, while intellectual competitions for students will be held.

In its provision of methodological support for secondary education, HSE University specialists will design new education programmes, learning materials and teaching methods for school-based courses. Furthermore, it will contribute to the dissemination of innovations in schools through organizing a network of partner schools/laboratories, holding competitions with a focus on innovations in education, and providing methodological support for the development and utilization of digital resources.

An online platform for self-evaluation of schools will be launched, which will enable them to assess and monitor compliance with the best models and practices.

Furthermore, HSE University will keep on conducting monitoring studies in order to carry out analysis of developmental processes in school education, while also offering recommendations for formulating education policy.

 9.2. HSE University’s Contributions to Higher Education

HSE University’s development up until 2030 foresees comprehensive modernization of higher education in Russia that will be supported through a wide range of activities.

The alumni of HSE University’s Master’s and doctoral programmes often become teachers and researchers at other universities, thereby promoting innovative approaches in higher education. Also, thousands of students and teachers are engaged in research seminars, summer schools, journals and conferences, where they can develop their competencies and benefit from networking opportunities. Such involvement is expected to grow over time.

In addition, the University is developing new forms and contents of educational, research and innovative activities, as well as innovations in management. These innovative solutions are being made available to other higher education institutions, as HSE University delivers courses to instructors and administrative staff at other academic institutions in order to disseminate these innovations. Moreover, the University aims to enhance its efforts in analytical work for the benefit of the national and regional higher education systems, including the monitoring of the education system.

HSE University has launched the University Partnership project with regional universities for the purpose of bridging gaps in horizontal professional ties in Russia. As per this project, the University will organize events with a focus on the development of human capital at partner institutions, as well as internships for teachers, researchers and administrative staff (about 300 persons per year), and a programme for Russian postdocs (at least 50 persons per year).

The University will promote a pool of educational programmes for administrators of institutions of higher learning: from advanced training programmes to more extensive admission of managers to ongoing Master’s programmes for preparing leaders for higher education. 

HSE University will develop joint educational programmes with regional universities, as well as disseminate best practices for organizing study process. As one of priorities relating to the development of Russia’s higher education system, the University will design and promote online courses and ensure their implementation at other Russian universities with the aim of comprehensive enhancement of education quality. The University will promote network-based educational programmes, thus allowing students of partner universities to study the University's online courses by using the National Open Education Platform, as well as the Online Education platform at HSE University.

HSE University will set up mirror laboratories, boost research communications and joint research projects, and promote a programme for supporting research publication activity via selecting and publishing perspective research papers written by authors from partner universities (over 100 authors per year) in HSE University’s journals, with editing made in line with international standards. This pursues the goal of supporting and promoting research activities at partner universities.

Furthermore, the University will be instrumental in creating academic consortiums with a particular focus on gathering relevant data with respect to university management and the system of higher learning, mutual education and sharing best practices.

Universities based in CIS countries will also be involved in the University Partnership project.

9.3. Methodological Centre for Assessing Educational Achievement

For upgrading the assessment system of subject-based, meta-subject and digital competencies, as well as social and professional skills, personal and educational results at all levels of education, HSE University will design effective measurement tools in line with global standards, which can be used for independent assessment of results across levels of education, including for measuring individual progress in education, regional monitoring and impartial assessments of education quality, as well as evaluations of educational innovations and managerial decisions in education.

Moreover, HSE University will promote an online platform for conducting tests, automatic marking of assignments (e.g., open assignments) and providing automatic feedback to different groups of users (students, teachers, and administrative staff, etc.) in order to ensure mainstreaming of proposed tools and progress measurement technologies.

Furthermore, the University will be instrumental in the collaboration of academic institutions and qualification assessment centres with the aim of further disseminating tools for assessments of competencies and skills.


[1] Schools operating in unfavourable conditions (e.g., in remote rural areas or depressed town areas) fall within this category. Specifically, due to their location, they cannot rely on external resources (scarce educational environment) and quality internal resources (lack of qualified school teachers, problems with getting proper material supplies and funding, unstable access to the Internet).