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National Research University Higher School of Economics
Национальный исследовательский университет «Высшая школа экономики»
National Research University Higher School of Economics logo.png
Motto in English
"Not for the school but for life we study"
Established1992 (1992)
AffiliationNational Research University [ru; de; tt; uk]
Project 5-100
Academic affiliation
BRICS Universities League
Endowment740 million (US$12.68 million) (as of 11 February 2019)[1]
PresidentAlexander Shokhin
Vice-presidentIgor Agamirzian [ru]
RectorYaroslav Kuzminov [ru; fr]
Academic staff
c. 7,000[2]
Administrative staff
Moscow (subsidiary campuses in Saint-Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm)
Academic termQuarter
ColorsDiamond blue and silver grey[3]          

Higher School of Economics (HSE; Russian: «Высшая школа экономики», НИУ ВШЭ), official full name National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russian: Национальный исследовательский университет «Высшая школа экономики») is a state university in Russia.

One of Russia's youngest, largest and leading universities,[4][2] as of 2019 it was ranked 3rd in Russia in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking,[5] 8th in the QS World University Ranking[6] and 10th in the ARWU.[7] It was also the only Russian university established after 1991 to make it into either of these rankings.[5][6][7]

Originally established in 1992 to support Russia's transition to market economy and specialising in economics and social science, the university has since expanded its curricula to include other disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, physics, biology, media communications, linguistics, and design, among others.[8] HSE's main campus is located in Moscow, with 3 additional subsidiary campuses being located in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Perm.

It has been one of Russia's National Research Universities [ru; de; tt; uk] - a grouping similar to China's C9 League and America's Ivy League[9] – since the establishment of the alliance in 2009,[10] and is a member of the Project 5-100 since its creation in 2012.[11]


Establishment and 1990-s[edit]

HSE was founded on November 27, 1992, by Yevgeny Yasin, Yaroslav Kuzminov [ru; fr], Revold Entov [ru], Oleg Ananyin and Rustem Nureev [ru]. The founders were well known Russian economists who played important roles in implementing the market reforms. The university's President Alexander Shokhin was Russia's Vice-Prime Minister for economy and finance in 1998,[citation needed] while the Academic Advisor Yevgeny Yasin was one of the major economic advisors to the Russian government in the late 1980s and 1990s[citation needed] and held the post of Russia's Minister of Economic Development between 1994 and 1997.[12] HSE was established to support the new Russian reformist government plans. From the start, HSE was able to benefit from resources under the European Communities TACIS programme.[13]

HSE aimed to renew the training of the Russian business community in economics. In the Soviet Union the teaching of political economy was dominated by Marxist ideology and could not meet international standards.[citation needed] From the mid-1980s Kouzminov, Entov, Nureev and Ananyin introduced new courses in mathematics, economics and statistics in the leading Russian universities.[citation needed] Later some of the students who attended these courses started teaching at the HSE. Nonetheless, Soviet education in economics was believed not to reflect market standards and a new type of education in social sciences was needed to make new Russian scientists, officials and businessmen understand the market economy.[citation needed] In 1991 with the support of the Russian Government a new university was established.[citation needed]


In October 2009, State University HSE (Russian: Государственный университет ВШЭ, ГУ-ВШЭ) was granted the status as National Research University.[10]

2010-s and current activity[edit]

The university has established and maintained connections with international research and educational institutions including the London School of Economics, the University of Bologna, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, DAAD and many others.[citation needed] On November 30, 2016, Maxim Oreshkin, a graduate of the Economics Department of the Higher School of Economics, was appointed the Minister for Economic Development.

Durasov Palace in Moscow

One of the main features of the university is that it uses an interdisciplinary approach to education (economists are also taught the basics of law, politics, philosophy, etc.).[citation needed] Another trend in the development of education in HSE is that students have fewer compulsory subjects than before, but they have a wide choice of additional subjects.[citation needed] The university conducts research for major public sector and educational reform. HSE was the first Russian university to introduce the 4 + 2 system[citation needed] and strongly supported Russian participation in the Bologna process.[citation needed] It took part in introducing the Unified State Exam aimed to reform admissions to the Russian universities.[citation needed] HSE was one of the first Russian universities to use these exams as part of the admission process.[citation needed]

HSE was one of the first educational establishments in Russia to introduce a system of academic credits. Each successful year of study at the university represents minimum 60 credits, which is in line with the international Education Credit Transfer System (ECTS).[citation needed]

The university employs a system of modules (an academic year is split into 4 modules which makes it possible to optimize student workload). Several components are used to assess students' progress. HSE publishes annual rankings of students and professors.[citation needed]

Faculties and structure[edit]

  • Faculty of Economics
    • School of Theoretical Economics
    • School of Applied Economics
    • School of Finance
    • School of Mathematics
    • School of Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs
    • School of World Economy
    • School of International Affairs
    • School of Asian Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Management
    • School of Business Administration
    • School of Logistics
    • School of Business Informatics
    • Higher School of Business Informatics
    • Institute of Innovation Management
    • International Centre of Training in Logistics
    • Institute of Information Technologies
    • Higher School of Project Management
    • Institute of Communication Management
    • Higher School of Marketing and Business Development
    • International Institute of Administration and Business
  • Faculty of Computer Science
    • School of Software Engineering
    • School of Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence
    • Big Data and Information Retrieval School
  • Faculty of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Physics
  • Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Communications, Media and Design
    • School of Media Communications
    • School of Integrated Communications
    • School of Design
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
    • School of Sociology
    • School of Political Science
    • School of Public Administration
    • School of Psychology
    • Institute of Education
    • Institute of Demography
    • Public Policy Department
  • Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning
  • Banking Institute
  • Graduate School of Urban Studies and Planning
  • Graduate School of Management
  • Higher School of Jurisprudence
  • GASIS Institute of Continuing Professional Education
  • A.B. Soloviev Institute for State and Local Procurement Management
  • Institute of Professional Retraining
  • International Institute of Statistical Education
  • Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge

There is also the International College of Economics and Finance which is an autonomous department within HSE, run with the participation of the London School of Economics (LSE). Its graduates receive a double degree from both HSE and LSE.[14]

Each faculty usually consists of several departments that bring together scholars in a specific field, such as the departments of banking and macroeconomics at the faculty of economics, the departments of economic sociology and social theory at the faculty of social sciences etc. At HSE joint departments with large companies offering specific applied courses necessary to work in these particular companies. Joint departments (or 'departments of vocational training') provide students with opportunity to apply for an internship and to start their career in a prominent company to obtain practical knowledge in a particular sphere.[citation needed]


The university has three regional branches (campuses) located in St.Petersburg,[15] Nizhniy Novgorod[16] and Perm.[17] Each subsidiary is an autonomous higher educational institution under the central governance of Moscow. There are special educational and research programmes carried out in each of the branches[18][19][20][18][21][22]


The founding campus of HSE was established in 1992 in the historic Kitai-Gorod neighbourhood of Moscow. HSE's urban campus is today located across the city, and it offers students the opportunity to explore its unique neighbourhoods, museums, and many historic sites. HSE-Moscow enrols about 22,000 students in a variety of programs, including English-taught undergraduate, graduate, and summer programmes, across its schools.[citation needed]

Students from provincial Russia who study at Moscow campus of HSE are guaranteed[23] with accommodation in Moscow region (there are dormitories in the city of Moscow, but most students live in the Oblast: Odintsovo and VNIISSOK [ru] a.k.a. Dubki).[24] Foreign students are accommodated in accordance with these terms (in Russian). All international students are entitled to a place at one of HSE dormitories. Currently the university has 10 halls of residence and can house up to 8 307 students.

St. Petersburg[edit]

The St.Petersburg campus opened in 1998, and is located in the historic centre of the city. HSE-St Petersburg is home to bachelor's and master's programmes[15][22] for over 4,200 students, and has two international research laboratories.[citation needed]. The campus offers programs in various exact, natural and social sciences and humanities[25] taught by the staff of the HSE Saint Petersburg schools:[25]

Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies,

HSE Art and Design School,

School of Arts and Humanities,

St. Petersburg School of Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science,

St.Petersburg School of Economics and Management,

School of Law.

Nizhny Novgorod[edit]

Nizhny Novgorod HSE's campus in Nizh ny Novgorod was established in 1996. A UNESCO World Heritage CitiArt zhny Novgorod is a leading industrial and scientific entre, and home to five universities and nearly 100 research institutions. In addition to its degree programmes, HSE-Nizhny Nov[25] gorod also hosts a variety of summer schools for international students. Over 2,400 students are enrolled at HSE-Nizhny Novgorod.[citation needed]


Located near the Ural Mountains and the border of Siberia, Perm was previously a "closed city" due to its Soviet labor weapons factories. HSE's campus was opened in 1998 and offers programs for over 2,000 students in Economics and Finance, Management, and Business Informatics.[citation needed]


Programmes and admission[edit]

HSE offers about 60 Bachelor's programmes, about 20 MBA programmes, and over 100 Master's programmes. Among them is the notable International College of Economics and Finance BS programme offering degrees from HSE and the London School of Economics and the Faculty of Economics MBA programme with the participation of Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. HSE was the first to teach economic history and institutional analysis in Russia. Among other courses pioneered by HSE are econometrics, micro- and macro- economics, economic sociology and many others. Most of these disciplines were started in Russia by the researchers who now teach at HSE. For example, the first Russian course in institutional analysis was developed by the HSE rector Yaroslav Kuzminov [ru; fr].[citation needed]

There are twenty five English-taught Master's programmes[26] and five English-taught Bachelor's programmes[27] (Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of International Relations, Bachelor in International Business and Management, Bachelor in Political Science and World Politics, Bachelor in Sociology and Social Informatics). In addition, there is a Preparatory Year foundation programme aimed at helping international students prepare for enrollment into Russian-taught programmes at HSE. HSE also offers business education programmes and Russian as a Foreign Language courses.[citation needed]

HSE summer schools were first established in the mid-1990s and have been held regularly ever since. There are numerous summer schools at HSE, each dedicated to a specific field, including institutional analysis, labour market economy, information retrieval, neurolinguistics, and intangibles. Each summer school offers various subjects based on HSE regular courses. Summer schools usually take place from June to September each year and last for one or two weeks. There is a large number of international summer schools, for example, "The Baltic Practice" summer school aimed to support global student collaboration.[citation needed]

In 2014 HSE established a Summer University, a unique programme that offers a broad interdisciplinary selection of courses in the fields of International Relations, History, Political Science, Social Science and Computer Science. Summer University participants can earn up to 16 ECTS.[citation needed]

HSE's International Admissions Office and International Students Office provide support for international students on a wide array of issues, from visa processing and living accommodations to course selection and cultural activities.[citation needed]


HSE boasts more than 100 research centres, and more than 30 international laboratories led by foreign scholars.[28] There are departments in the university conducting research on a wide range of social and economic problems, such as the Centre for Advanced Studies,[29] the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Education, the Institute for Historical and Theoretical Research in the Humanities. Some of these organizations were founded as Russian State Ministry of Trade and Economic Development think tanks aiming to provide assistance to Russian government economic reforms. Other began as independent research organizations, only later joining the HSE. One of the main HSE principles is the close connection between research and teaching so the university tutors usually conduct research on the topics they teach at University. HSE students are encouraged to take part in their alma mater research projects. The university conducts research for large corporations and state funded organsisations. Among these are the Regular Statistics of the Russian Federation Project or the Educational Economy Monitoring the first Russian educational economy statistics regular study. Another fundamental HSE research project is the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey which has been carried out by the HSE, the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute for Sociology, Scientific-research center "Demoscope" and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1992.[citation needed]

The university provides expert analysis for Russian leadership and governmental agencies. HSE contributes to the drafting of government legislation, programmes, and policies at the federal and regional level. HSE experts have participated in various projects including: Strategy for Socio-Economic Development of Russia Towards 2020 City of Moscow Social and Economic Development Strategy Towards 2025 Russian Long-term Science and Technology Foresight – 2030 In 2014, the winner of the respected Fields medal Andrey Okunkov became the new head of the HSE International Laboratory of Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics.[citation needed]

HSE's international conferences and events attract leading experts from around the world. The largest of these events is the April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, which brings scholars from many countries together with representatives from the Russian government, Russian Presidential Administration, World Bank, IMF, OECD, as well as major Russian and foreign companies. Other prominent international events that HSE has been selected to host include:[citation needed]

  • 6th European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP 2012)
  • 35th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2013)
  • Special Meeting of the Academy of International Business (2013, jointly with SKOLKOVO Business School)
  • Second International Conference on Information Technology and Quantitative Management (ITQM 2014)
  • 25th Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching (CPM 2014)
  • 25th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology (2014)
  • WAPOR Regional Conference ‘Survey Research and the Study of Social and Cultural Change’ (2016)

HSE regularly takes part in international scientific and technical cooperation projects and has partnerships with organizations including BRICS, G20, OECD, and UNESCO.[citation needed]

HSE has its own publishing house that specializes in publishing books on social and economic sciences, manuals and textbooks for students.[30]






2016 2017

Institutional Rankings

QS World University Rankings[31]


501–550 501–550 411–420 382

Among Russian universities[31]




11 9
THE Young University Rankings[32] 96
Among Russian universities 1
QS Top 50 Under 50 81 51 48
Among Russian universities 1 1 1
Rankings by Faculty

QS — World University Rankings by faculty, Social Sciences & Management[31]




Among Russian universities[31]




QS — World University Rankings by faculty, Arts & Humanities[31]



Among Russian universities[31]



Rankings by Subject/Programme[31]

QS — World University Rankings by subject», Development Studies

51–100 51–100

Among Russian universities



QS — World University Rankings by subject, Economics & Econometrics

151–200 101–150 51-100

Among Russian universities


1 1

QS — World University Rankings by subject, Sociology

151–200 101–150 51-100

Among Russian universities


1 1

QS — World University Rankings by subject, Philosophy

151–200 151–200 151-200

Among Russian universities


3 3
QS — World University Rankings by subject, Politics & International Studies 101-150 51-100
Among Russian universities 2 2
QS — World University Rankings by subject, Accounting & Finance 151-200 101-150
Among Russian universities 1 1
QS — World University Rankings by subject, Mathematics 251-300 151-200
Among Russian universities 5 5
QS — World University Rankings by subject, Business & Management Studies 151-200 151-200
Among Russian universities 1 1
QS — World University Rankings by subject, Computer Science & Information Systems 401-500 351-400
Among Russian universities 6 6
QS — World University Rankings by subject, History 151-200
Among Russian universities 3
QS — World University Rankings by subject, Linguistics 151-200
Among Russian universities 3
QS — World University Rankings by subject, Law 201-250
Among Russian universities 3
QS — World University Rankings by subject, Education 201-250
Among Russian universities 2
ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects»(ARWU), Sociology[33] 51-75
Among Russian universities[33] 1
ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (ARWU), Political Sciences 101-150
Among Russian universities 1
ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (ARWU), Mathematics 101-150
Among Russian universities 2
ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (ARWU), Economics 201-300
Among Russian universities 1

Regional Rankings[31]

QS University Rankings — BRICS





Among Russian universities





QS University Rankings Emerging Europe & Central Asia




Among Russian universities




Research and Web Presence Rankings

Research Papers in Economics (RePEc)





Among Russian universities[34]





4 International Colleges & Universities




312 281

Among Russian universities




2 2


International students can take advantage of government scholarships that cover the cost of tuition. Most HSE students are Russian citizens, with a growing number of international students from the former USSR countries, such as Belarus, Kazakhstan and Latvia as well as from other regions, including the EU countries, the United States and Japan.[citation needed]

One of HSE's main goals is to make strong connections between the students and tutors and there is already a community of HSE students, graduates and tutors. There are many organizations of HSE students and graduates. Each faculty has its own elected Student Council, which works as an intermediary between the students, the faculty administration and the tutors. HSE students work with some international student organizations such as the AIESEC and the AEGEE. Although HSE is a very young university, it already has an alumni organization. The HSE alumni club aims to maintain connections between the alumni and to provide them with support in their careers. The HSE business club's goal is to establish high standards of business culture in Russia and to help HSE graduates achieve the best results in business and commerce. During their study in the university the students have the opportunity to participate in many different leisure activities, such as sports, drama, debating societies and many others. Since 2006, many sporting competitions have been held, including the regular ‘Spartakiad’, tourist rallies, hiking and rafting trips. The Cultural Center allows HSE students to take music lessons, so that they periodically give concerts, for instance at HSE Music project centre. Two HSE students have recently become finalists of the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Paris, which is widely considered to be one of the top-level competitions for amateur musicians in the world. Sona Hovsepyan dance company regularly wins awards at dancing competitions.[citation needed]

Student clubs and activities include:

  • Student Theatre Company
  • Force Majeure Choir
  • Dance Club (ballroom, modern, salsa, step)
  • Visual Arts Club
  • Documentary Film Club
  • Debate Club (Model Parliament)
  • Creative Discussion Class Club
  • World Economy Association (Youth Strategy 2020)
  • Extreme Sports Club
  • Green HSE Environmental Club
  • City Sociology Club
  • International Buddies Club (Russian student volunteers who assist international students)

Since the creation of the Faculty of Computer Science in 2014, several HSE students have successfully competed at various student contests including World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Two second-year students have won scholarships to attend the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).[citation needed]

For the first time HSE Day was celebrated in 2012 and since then has become the first university festival of citywide scale.[35] Nowadays HSE Day is a tradition. Annually thousands of people celebrate this day in Gorky Park.[citation needed][36]

Notable people[edit]


Honorary Professors[edit]

Honorary Professors include:[citation needed]

International Advisory Committee[edit]

International Advisory Committee of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) International Advisory Committee (IAC) is an advisory body of HSE which monitors and measures the University's progress towards improving its international competitiveness among the leading global educational and research centres.[citation needed]

Members of the International Advisory Committee:[citation needed]


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Coordinates: 55°45′41″N 37°38′01″E / 55.7615°N 37.6335°E / 55.7615; 37.6335