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Irina Karelina

  • Irina Karelina has been at HSE University since 2010.


Coordination of the following activities at HSE University:

  • organizing advanced, e.g., interdisciplinary, research projects and expert activities in strategic planning for higher education, for the purpose of finding solutions to the current challenges facing the national economy, e.g., enhancing its competitiveness;
  • developing and promoting strategic academic cooperation between HSE University and its partners;
  • general coordination of inter-university cooperation within the system of higher learning, including expert analysis in strategic planning for higher education, professional development and retraining of university administrators (except for matters directly overseen by the University’s First Vice Rectors, Vice Rectors and Senior Directors, as well as the Directors of regional campuses);
  • general coordination of HSE University’s efforts in shaping, developing and promoting strategic academic partnerships, e.g., interaction with state authorities, local self-government bodies, academic institutions at all levels of education, research centres, rating agencies specializing in education quality assessments and other legal entities, as well as cooperation with the “Global Universities” Association and other academic associations/consortiums;
  • coordinating and organizing comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness of strategic planning tools in higher education; assessing the promotion of national tertiary education on the global market;
  • coordinating and developing intra-university and inter-campus cooperation in regards to the development of strategic academic partnerships, e.g., the  HSE “University Partnership” programme;
  • preparing proposals to improve tools for HSE University’s strategic development.

Coordinating the activities of the Director for Strategic Academic Partnership.

Coordinating the activities of the following subdivisions at the University:

  • HSE Vice President’s Office;
  • Creative Analysis Centre;
  • Centre for Strategic Academic Partnership;
  • Centre for International Competitiveness of Higher Education under the HSE Institute of Education.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2002
    Associate Professor
  • 1992

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Differential Equations, Dynamic Systems and Optimal Control
    Lenin Komsomol Voronezh State University

  • 1991

    Doctoral programme
    Voronezh State University

  • 1987

    Voronezh State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience


Professional Development Program «The global competitiveness of Australian universities: promoting best practices in the world rankings», The University of Melbourn, The University of Sydney, Australia, 2015

Professional Development Program «Strategic Planning for Private Universities in the US; Assessment and Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Educational Programs in Private Universities in the US», The Arcsdia University, USA, 2014

«The Best Practices for Increasing International Competitiveness Workshop», Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2014

«Top Managers of the 5/100: Global Competitiveness of Russian Universities», Seoul National University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Korea, Hong Kong, 2013

«Modern American University: Positioning on the International Market», the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, 2013

« Experience in Strategic Planning at German Universities», the University of Passau, Germany, 2012

«Management of U.S. Universities: Strategic Development and Quality Control», Arizona State University, Oregon State University, USA, 2012 

«U.S. Higher Education: Teaching, Academic programs, Management», Washington State University, Seattle Pacific University, USA, 2011

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2017/2018)

Research Seminar (Master’s programme; Institute of Education; 1 year, 1-3 module)Rus


Employment history

Irina G. Karelina


since 2014, Executive Officer of the Association "Global Universitis", Moscow (www.globaluni.ru)

since 2012,  Expert on Higher Education for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Moscow

  • Manage networking of Russian universities within the framework of Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation programs aimed at improving competitiveness of Russian universities;
  • Elaborate higher education projects devised to manage development programs in the Russian Federation, introduce new forms of management by faculties; carry out analytical research on implementation of development programs and strategic planning execution;
  • Guide research projects on development and strategic planning activities of Russian universities (see the list of Research Projects bellow)
  • 2002 – 2010, Head of Department of Quality Assurance, Voronezh State University; Voronezh, Expert and Advisor on Quality Management Systems at Russian universities
  • Oversaw development and introduction of quality management system at Voronezh State University, at Voronezh Agrarian State University; certificates issued (2005, 2009) by service of accreditation NQA Global Assurance Limited <http: // www.nqa.com>, Great Britain;
  • Advised  on setting up quality management system at Voronezh State Forest University, Udmurt State University, Lomonosov Moscow State University;
  • Developed and  held business-trainings for heads of higher schools with financial support of the Federal agency of education (representatives of more than 30 higher schools were trained);
  • Arranged conferences and seminars (over 60 events), including 4 international conferences, i.e. «Quality Control System of Higher Education», «Management of Modern Universities and Quality Maintenance of Higher Education », The Fifth International Conference On Management of Modern Universities and Quality Assurance in Higher Education together with Kent State University (USA), «Strategic Planning at Universities»;
  • Stated and assigned tasks, developed technical projects for the web-site of the education quality control service, made up databases: interviewed students, monitored quality of educational programs, supervised quality of activities, interviewed staff
  • 2006 – 2010, Head of HR, Sberbank of Russia, Central Black Earth Head Office, Voronezh
  • Set up a new organizational structure of personnel management, distributed responsibilities between divisions and staff, defined professional potential of the employees; developed qualifying requirements and parameters for personnel evaluation;
  • Established a corporate approach to preparation and improvement of professional skills in the personnel of the Bank for a branch network;
  • Participated in development and introduction of a staff evaluation system, a personnel professional and career development system;  
  • Introduced contemporary educational technologies into the personnel professional skills improvement system, including the system of remote and video-trainings
  • Held active training sessions in the mode of visual communication;
  • Selected and evaluated personnel at employment; interacted with colleges and universities  for staffing issues,  elaborated and carried out joint projects as to prepare students and post-graduate students of higher schools for employment at the Bank;
  • Developed and introduced a staff motivation system;


  • «From Zero» - created and launched a Call center at Sberbank Central Black Earth Head Office – a new structural division of Sberbank.

2000 – 2002, Head of the Faculty of Mathematics, Deputy Chairman of the Academic Council of the Department of Mathematics, Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Expert Association of Russian Сlassical Universities

  • Staff management: academic staff - 75 people, students - 750 people, graduates - 15 people,
  • Set up educational process of the Department for undergraduate and master's programs, postgraduate programs;
  • In charge of development, licensing and accreditation of study plans for undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • 1987 – 2010, Associate Professor of Chair of Mathematical Modelling, Chair of Mathematical Analysis, Voronezh State University

Researched and lectured  in the field of mathematics: mathematical analysis, differential equations, mathematical modeling in economics and social sciences, linear programming and optimal control methods

‘The Open Doors Olympiad Is a Tool that Helps to Select the Best Students and Ensures Our Stable Development in Science’

A meeting of the Association of Global Universities was held in the White Hall of the Durasov House at HSE University. The participants welcomed new members of the association, summed up the results of the work in 2023 and outlined goals for the next year. They paid special attention to the International Open Doors Olympiad, which attracts students from all over the world. Interest in the Olympiad is growing as foreign applicants get the opportunity to study at leading Russian universities for free.

Olympiads, Postdocs, World-class Research Centres: Opportunities for Young International Researchers in Russia

The III Young Scientists Congress took place in the Sirius Science and Art Park on November 28–30, 2023. On the first day of the forum, a discussion was held on the tools and opportunities for engaging international early-career researchers in Russian science. The meeting was organised by HSE University together with members of the Association of Global Universities.

1,700 International Participants Named Winners of Open Doors International Olympiad

On March 16, the results of the Open Doors International Olympiad for master’s and doctoral applicants were announced. The competition is organised by the Association of Global Universities with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo). HSE University is one of the Olympiad’s organisers and the site of its distributed project office.

Second Congress of Young Scientists: Students Are Ready to Implement Breakthrough Projects

The 2nd Congress of Young Scientists was held at the Sirius Park of Science and Art in Sochi. HSE University representatives took an active part in it, working at various venues where a wide range of topics were discussed—from university development to machine learning and scientific cinema.

HSE University to Become Centre of Expertise for LPR Universities

On October 19th, HSE Rector Nikita Anisimov became the first rector to visit the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), as part of a delegation following the Republic’s accession to Russia. During meetings with acting Head of LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, and the Republic’s Prime Minister, Sergey Kozlov, they signed an agreement between HSE University and LPR Government on strategic cooperation in education and research.

Russian Government Approves Programme of HSE Development until 2030

The Programme of HSE Development until 2030 has been approved by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s order. The document outlines the goals, tasks and responsibilities of the government and HSE University for its strategic development. According to the programme, the university’s strategic goal is its continuing development as a leading research, educational, analytical, consulting, and project university, which can compete head-to-head with the world’s best universities.

HSE University Appears in Twice as Many Top 100 Subject Rankings as Last Year

The publication of the latest Times Higher Education subject rankings in the Arts and Humanities concludes the annual cycle of the three main ranking agencies: THE, QS, and ARWU. Since last year, HSE University has managed to double the number of top 100 subject rankings it appears in, growing from 6 to 12.

HSE University Receives International Award for Best Practices in Research Management

HSE University has won in a joint nomination by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) international rankings agency and the company Elsevier. The award was presented as part of the forum ‘Development Trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Global Challenges and Best Russian Practices’ hosted by the State Academic University for the Humanities. Irina Karelina, Senior Director for Strategic Planning at HSE University, accepted the award and noted that the university’s success is largely down to its consistent personnel and research policies, as well as its support for young people.

HSE University Maintains Positions in Two THE Subject Rankings

HSE has been included in two Times Higher Education (THE) subject rankings. It is ranked in the Top 500 for Computer Science and in 801-1000 group for Engineering.

HSE University Enters Top 125 of THE World University Rankings in Psychology

HSE University has once again improved its position in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject in Psychology, entering the 101–125 cohort of the world’s best universities in the field.

HSE University Consistently Ranks Among Top 3 Russian Universities

HSE University has been named a leading Russian university in the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings for the fourth year in a row. HSE ranked third among Russian universities and appeared in the 301–350 bracket worldwide.

HSE University Advances 200 Places in ARWU

HSE University has demonstrated explosive growth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (Shanghai Ranking), improving its standing by as many as 200 places. The university climbed to the 601-700 group of ARWU and advanced from 7-8th to the 4-5th among Russian universities.

HSE Enters Top 15% of THE Young University Rankings 2021

HSE University has improved its indicators of research, international outlook, and industry income in THE Young University Rankings. HSE University now ranks 57th among  475 international universities and is the only Russian university in the Top 100.

HSE Is Sole Representative of Russia in 5 Shanghai Global Subject Rankings

HSE University is now represented in eight subject rankings of the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. In five of these subjects, HSE is the only university from Russia, and in three other subjects, HSE outranks its domestic peers. HSE University is thereby the highest-ranking Russian university in the ranking.

HSE University Places Among the World’s Top 25 Universities in ТНЕ Emerging Economies Ranking

HSE University has ranked among the top 25 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies ranking and is one of Russia’ three  best universities.

HSE University among Top-5 Russian Universities on THE Reputation Ranking

International experts have recognised Harvard University as the best in the world in terms of reputation. Moscow State University was ranked 37th, while HSE University entered the Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings 2020, within the 151-175 range, taking fifth position among Russian universities, showing a commendable result for such a young institution.

HSE University Enters Top 100 in Mathematics and Improves Its Positions in US News Best Global Universities Rankings

HSE University has improved its positions in the US News Best Global Universities institutional and subject rankings. For the first time, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in the world for mathematics. HSE is also the only Russian university in the subject rankings of Economics and Business and Social Sciences and Public Health, placing among the top 300 in both categories.

HSE Now Among World’s Top 200 Universities for Research in THE University Rankings

This year, HSE University has maintained its position in the 251-300 range in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University ranks among the top 3 Russian universities along with Moscow State University (which ranks 174th) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (which ranks in the 201-250 range). In the THE’s global ranking of the best universities for research, HSE ranks 199th.

HSE University Climbs Shanghai Ranking

HSE University has advanced to the 801-900 group in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking and now ranks in the 7th-8th place among Russian universities. Moreover, HSE University is the only Russian university to improve its standing in the ranking this year.

HSE Outranks Russian Universities in 10 QS Subject Rankings

This year, HSE University has entered four additional QS World University Rankings by Subject, thereby bringing its grand total of represented broad and specific subject areas to 23. HSE ranks in 19 of the 38 subject rankings that include Russian universities, as well as in four of the ranking’s five broad subject areas. HSE is among the world’s top 100 universities in five subjects, including History and Social Policy & Administration, where it has entered the rankings for the first time.

HSE University Confirmed as Top Performer in Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100

Initiated in 2013, the Russian federal initiative, Academic Excellence Project 5-100, aims to maximize the competitive position of leading Russian universities in the global research and education market. On October 26, the Project Council concluded its seventh annual meeting in Moscow. At the meeting, delegations from participating universities presented reports of their progress in improving their international competitive edge.

HSE Ranks Among Top 60 Best Young Universities Worldwide in THE Ranking

In 2019 the Higher School of Economics has climbed from 84th to 60th place in the Time Higher Education (THE) world ranking of young universities. HSE University is the only Russian university to place in the top 100 of this ranking.

HSE to Adopt a New Development Programme

On March 20, at the HSE Staff and Student Conference, HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov presented the key points of the new Development Programme for the period extending to 2030. The points he suggested have prompted a series of discussions in the university corporate environment aimed at choosing the best avenues and tools for development.

HSE Moves Up 10 Points in THE Emerging Economies Rankings

HSE University has taken 22nd place in THE Emerging Economies Rankings, improving its position from last year. This ranking includes a total of 35 Russian universities, with 18 of them participating in the 5-100 Project.

Project 5-100 International Council Confirms HSE’s Leadership

From October 26-27, a regular meeting of the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 was held in Kaliningrad. The academic institutions involved in the project presented the results of their work and plans for the upcoming period of their respective roadmaps.

HSE Enters ARWU Ranking for the First Time

The Higher School of Economics has entered the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the first time. The ranking is known for its strict selection criteria. This year, 12 Russian universities, including 10 participants of Project 5-100, entered the ranking. Until 2016, only 2 representatives of Russia were included- MSU and St. Petersburg State University.

HSE Enters ARWU Ranking for the First Time

The Higher School of Economics has entered the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the first time. The ranking is known for its strict selection criteria. This year, 12 Russian universities, including 10 participants of Project 5-100, entered the ranking. Until 2016, only 2 representatives of Russia were included- MSU and St. Petersburg State University.

HSE Climbs in QS World University Rankings

HSE has climbed almost 40 places in the QS World University Rankings and now occupies 343rd place among the world's best universities. This is thanks to a significant improvement in its academic reputation and the employers' assessment of university graduates.

HSE Enters THE Subject Rankings in Physical Sciences for First Time 

For the first time ever, the Higher School of Economics has entered the Times Higher Education ranking in the physical sciences, placing in the 401-500 group. The results of the ranking were announced at a Project 5-100 conference seminar by Phil Baty, chief editor of the THE World University Rankings.

International Council Recognizes HSE as Leader in Project 5-100 

The Higher School of Economics was recognized as a leader among Project 5-100 universities following a recent session held by the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities among Global Research and Education Centers. The session took place in Yekaterinburg on October 27-28 and was chaired by Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.

HSE Improves Position in THE Subject Rankings

The Higher School of Economics has entered the Times Higher Education rankings by subject in two categories, Business & Economics (101-125 group), and Social sciences (176-200 group), showing the best result among schools that participate in Project 5-100 in these areas.

HSE Makes It to THE Humanities Rankings for First Time Ever

The Higher School of Economics has made it onto the Times Higher Education ranking in the arts and humanities category for the first time ever. The university was in the 176-200 group, demonstrating the best result among schools that participate in Project 5-100 in this field. In addition, HSE placed third among Russian universities as a whole for this subject ranking.

HSE the Only Russian University in ARWU Global Ranking in Sociology, Political Sciences, and Economics

HSE has entered the ShanghaiRanking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in four subjects and become the only Russian university in three of them (sociology, political sciences, and economics). HSE is among the world’s Top 75 universities in Sociology. This is the first time HSE has made it into the ARWU.

HSE Makes Strides in QS Global Rankings

The Higher School of Economics (HSE) has improved its position and taken 382nd place in the 2017 QS Ranking, which was published on June 7, 2017.

HSE Makes Strides in QS Global Rankings

The Higher School of Economics (HSE) has improved its position and taken 382nd place in the 2017 QS Ranking, which was published on June 7, 2017.

HSE Enters 13 QS Subject Rankings

The Higher School of Economics has made it onto 13 subject and two subject area rankings in the QS World University Ranking thanks to the university’s achievements as part of the Project 5-100. In addition, HSE was in the top 100 ranking for three subjects – Economics & Econometrics, Politics & International Studies, and Sociology – and it was the only Russian school in the Accounting & Finance 101-150 ranking. As for total number of subject rankings, HSE was third in Russia.

HSE Becomes One of Seven Russian Universities to Place in THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Top-50

Higher School of Economics (HSE) has placed on the Times Higher Education Ranking for BRICS & Emerging Economies, taking 48th place out of 300 academic institutions.

HSE One of Four Russian Universities in THE Top-100 Subject Rankings

Higher School of Economics (HSE) is the sole Russian academic institution to appear on the ranking’s Top-100 for ‘Business and Economics’, holding the 83rd spot.

‘We’re Moving in the Right Direction’

At a March 27 meeting, HSE’s Academic Council discussed how the university’s development strategy was carried out in 2014.

HSE Recognizes Staff Achievements

At a meeting of the HSE Academic Сouncil on October 31, five members of the University staff were given awards recognizing their achievements at HSE.

Awards and New Areas of Development

On October 28th 2011, a session of the Academic Council of the Higher School of Economics took place at the HSE, The event began with an award ceremony: Claude Blanchemaison, Professor at the Paris-Dauphine University, former French Ambassador in Russia and a long-time friend of the HSE, was given the title of HSE Honorary Professor.