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HSE University Newsletter

Dear HSE University Partners and Friends,

Thank you for your kind greetings, your solidarity and ongoing support. I hope you had a healthy and positive start to 2021 and are achieving success despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

We are pleased to present the new edition of the HSE University Newsletter, which shares the most exciting education and science news from the first quarter of 2021 and gives an update on the upcoming events that we view as essential for international higher education and cooperation.

First, allow me to draw your attention to an interview where HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov discusses future trends in education.

We are also excited to let you know that HSE University is returning to in-person classes starting March 29. We Are Looking Forward to Seeing international students. The students who will not be able to travel to Russia immediately and will still have to stay at home, continue studying remotely.  Prospective international students will be able to attend regular Zoom consultations offered by the HSE Education & Training Advisory Centre to guide them through a wide range of our educational programmes, scholarships and grants, as well as university life matters.

HSE University’s study offices produced a noteworthy analysis of the impact of remote learning on the quality of education by comparing two study periods: 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The results demonstrate that neither teaching nor the quality of courses have worsened, while average grades have even seen slight improvements.

We are proud to share that HSE University has expanded its presence in the top 50 of QS subject rankings, placing in two additional subject rankings. These achievements are largely the result of joint efforts on the part of the whole university community supported by the university strategy and Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 along with engaging in Russian and international partnerships and networks. Focusing on achieving leadership both nationally and internationally, HSE University pays special attention to internationalization of its internal environment as an important condition required for the University to successfully integrate into the international academic environment.

We welcome your feedback on topics to cover in future HSE University Newsletters and to receiving more news from you. We are also glad to receive newsletters from our partners, which we feature on the International Partnerships website.

We are of the firm belief that each of our partnerships gives us valuable opportunities and enriches our knowledge. We hope to continue our fruitful cooperation and wish you the very best in all your endeavours.


Yours sincerely, 

Ivan Prostakov

Vice-Rector for International Relations

What’s new at HSE University

International Advisory Committee Convenes to Discuss HSE University’s Domestic Partnership Programmes

Meeting of International Advisory Committee
© Mikhail Dmitriev / HSE University

On February 17, HSE University’s International Advisory Committee met over Zoom to discuss the University’s recent activity and the progress of a number of projects being implemented under HSE University’s University Partnership Programme, which aims to strengthen partnerships and academic collaboration between HSE and other universities in Russia

HSE University’s CubeSX-HSE Satellite Launched into Orbit

On March 22 at 9:07 Moscow time, a Soyuz-2.1a rocket with a Fregat upper stage was successfully launched. The launch vehicle carried a total of 38 satellites from 18 countries into sun-synchronous orbits, including HSE University’s CubeSX-HSE satellite, which will conduct remote sensing of the Earth.

Read more…

International Laboratory of Bioinformatics Opens at the Faculty of Computer Science

On January 25, 2021, an International Laboratory of Bioinformatics opened at the Faculty of Computer Science. The main goal of the laboratory is to determine the role of alternative DNA structures in the genome.


HSE University Projects for students

HSE Business Talk

The project is a series of public discussions with industry experts about business, entrepreneurship, investments and new technologies. The project will be interesting to students, young professionals and all those involved in creating or running a business.

Schedule of Events is available here.

Class Experience

The project designed for international students who are interested in learning more about master’s studies at HSE University. This is a unique academic opportunity available to foreign citizens. Class Experience participants may attend any lecture offered by a master’s programme of their choice to see firsthand what studying at HSE University is like. The programme includes all lectures available at four HSE campuses: Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg, and Perm. The lectures will be selected in accordance with the students' interests.

Detailed information is available here.

Other Opportunities for International Applicants: Get to Know HSE University Online


HSE Launches Master of Finance Programme on Coursera with CFA-Based Curriculum

The HSE Banking Institute is launching a new Master of Finance programme on Coursera. The online programme is English-taught and based on the CFA certification requirements. Professor Vasily Solodkov, the director of the Banking Institute and the academic supervisor of the programme is discussing the programme features.

Read more…

More information about HSE Online Courses on Coursera here.


HSE University Achievements

HSE University Enters the Top 50 in 3 QS Subject Rankings for the First Time

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For the first time, HSE University has ranked among the top 50 universities worldwide in 3 QS subject rankings and among the top 100 universities worldwide in 9 QS subject rankings. HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov announced the news when commenting on the upcoming release of the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings. HSE also ranked in the 101-150 range in 9 subjects and in the 151-200 range in 3 subjects.

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

Mikhail Guschin, Research Fellow at the HSE University Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis of the Faculty of Computer Science, was appointed coordinator of the machine learning and statistics working group in the LHCb Large Hadron Collider experiment at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research). He will be the only representative of a Russian University among the coordinators for the experiment’s working groups.

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HSE Art and Design School Alumnae Win Russian Post Design Competition

Alena Akmatova and Svetlana Ilyushina, graduates of the HSE Art and Design School Master’s programme (2017), won the open Russian Post competition, which was held jointly with the Novgorod regional government and the Novgorod State Museum-Reserve in the autumn of 2020. Participants had to design a series of limited edition postcards and packaging dedicated to the cultural and historical heritage of the region.

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Researchers Assess Student Performance in Mathematics, Physics, and Critical Thinking

A group of researchers representing four countries summed up the results of the Supertest, a large-scale study of the academic performance of engineering students in Russia, China, India, and the United States. It is the first study to track the progress of students in computer science and electrical engineering over the course of their studies with regard to their abilities in physics, mathematics, and critical thinking and compare the results among four countries. The article about study was published in Nature Human Behavior.

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Who Maintains Discipline in a Live Cell: Physics Perspective

Italian and Russian researchers confirmed the hypothesis that the self-maintaining order in eukaryotic cells (cells with nuclei) is a result of two spontaneous mechanisms’ collaboration. Similar molecules gather into ‘drops’ on the membrane and then leave it as tiny vesicles enriched by the collected molecules. The paper with the research results was published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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Large Hadron Collider: New Hadron Discovery Factory

LHCb, a collaboration of one of Large Hadron Collider experiments, including a team of HSE University researchers, has published a news piece about the discovery of new tetraquarks, which are exotic hadrons consisting of four quarks. This discovery was made possible thanks to massive data samples gathered by the LHCb experiment with the use of algorithms developed at HSE University.

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How Academic Dishonesty Seeps into the Workplace

How does academic dishonesty of students correlate with honesty in further work? A group of scientists, including Evgeniia Shmeleva, Research Fellow at the HSE Institute of Education, conducted research answering this question. During an open online seminar of a research group dedicated to ‘Academic Ethics in the Educational Context,’ Evgeniia Shmeleva presented ‘Does Academic Dishonesty Seep into the Workplace? Evidence from a Longitudinal Study,’ which was prepared jointly with Igor Chirikov (University of California at Berkeley-HSE University) and Prashant Loyalka (Stanford University-HSE University).

Read more…

More information about HSE University Research is available here.

Calls and announcements

XXII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development

On April 13 – 23, 2021 National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University) will be hosting the XXII April International Academic Conference. 

The Conference features a diverse agenda concerning social and economic development in Russia. The Conference programme will include presentations by Russian and international academics, roundtables and plenary sessions with participation of members of the Government of the Russian Federation, government officials, business representatives, and leading Russian and foreign experts.

The conference sessions will be broadcasted live at Youtube Conference channel

Languages: Russian and English.
Information is available here.

Summer Study Opportunities 2021


International Summer University 2021 (Online)

The HSE International Summer University programme is a unique opportunity for students, PhD candidates, post-docs and professionals from around the world to enhance their knowledge in area studies and beyond over the summer holiday. Offering a broad interdisciplinary selection of English-taught courses, the Summer University is open to all students and will be of particular interest to those who study International Relations, History, Political Science, Computer Science, Law and other social sciences and humanities.

10 students from German Universities can get financial support from DAAD. Learn more...

Programme dates: June 20 – August 20, 2021 | Online Sessions 

Application deadline: May 20, 2021
Detailed information is available here.

HSE University - Saint Petersburg: HSE Summer School 2021(Online)

Saint Petersburg HSE Summer School is a chance for you to explore one of the most exciting cities in the world while getting a high-quality education. We offer you an opportunity to combine different courses from various fields of studies — Economics, Finance, Management, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Data Science — and receive ECTS credits while gaining insights into the Russian world.

Applications are now being accepted up until May 31, 2021. 

Detailed information is available here.

HSE University - Nizhny Novgorod: Russian Language Summer School "Gorky - Quest"

HSE University – Nizhny Novgorod offers an unusual summer programme for the Russian language learners – city quest. The participants of the programme will get experience in natural Russian speech and improve their level of language proficiency. They will also try to find the treasure of a great tsar with the help of the HSE students’ team. The school programme includes an intensive lexical and grammatical course, working with multimedia content, gastronomic tours and a deep look into the Russian cuisine, parties with language partners, excursions around the city and beyond. Summer school at HSE - Nizhny Novgorod will allow participants to view the Russian language and Russian culture in a new way.

Detailed information is available here.

HSE University - Nizhny Novgorod: Summer School in “Russian Economy and Business”

The summer school in “Russian Economy and Business” is designed to provide many-sided understanding of how Russian economy and business work. It focuses on the peculiarities of Russian economy and provides not only comprehensive knowledge on national economy but also on business practices along with Russian language training. Courses on Russian Economy are deepened by sessions on intercultural communication, Russian mentality and side trips to historic locations in Nizhny Novgorod.

10 students from German Universities can get financial support from DAAD. Learn more...

Programme dates: August 9 – 22, 2021

Application deadline: May, 16, 2021

Detailed information is available here.

HSE University - Perm: International Conference on Experience Economy: Museum, Event and Tourism Management

HSE University - Perm is hosting the International Conference on Experience Economy: Museum, Event and Tourism Management. The conference will be held in Perm on June 17-19, 2021.

We accept submissions for two tracks. 

Deadline for submissions: April 12, 2021 (until April 12 - for foreign citizens planning to visit).

Key topics and detailed information are available here.

study and Students

HSE ART GALLERY Opens Unusual Exhibition ‘Sonic Fiction: Designing Sound Spaces

© МMikhail Dmitriev / HSE University

Noah’s Ark below decks, a utopia about the happy coexistence of all life forms, the universe of tinder-dating — HSE ART GALLERY’s new exposition has turned the gallery into a sound theatre, a mix of fictional and real worlds, where visitors are transported by sound. The unique sound exhibition ‘Sonic Fiction: Designing Sonic Spaces’ was created by students of HSE Art and Design School (of the ‘Sound Art and Sound Design’ Programme and others) as well as famous Russian and foreign artists. The artists and curators told the news service about the concept of the exposition, their work, and sound and neural networks

Read more…

Choosing to Study in Russia. Why do international students choose Russian universities?

Most international students in Russia come from CIS countries, or former Soviet republics in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Eastern Europe. The preserved social and cultural links promote this, as well as students’ good command of Russian. Students from outside the former Soviet Union come to Russia primarily due to economic reasons and the strong reputation of Russia’s leading universities. At the same time, however, they often see Russia as an unsafe country and consider it a backup plan. These are the findings of a study conducted by Alena Nefedova, Senior Research Fellow, Associate Professor at the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge.

Read more…

More information about HSE University students life is available here.

Tag «coronavirus»

Researchers Reveal Genetic Predisposition to Severe COVID-19

HSE University researchers have become the first in the world to discover genetic predisposition to severe COVID-19. The results of the study were published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology.

Read more…

A Year with Coronavirus

Exactly one year ago, on March 7, 2020, HSE University introduced its first anti-COVID measures. We decided to browse our photo archive and look back on life at HSE during the past year.

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