National Research University – Higher School of Economics

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Faculty of Business and Management

The Faculty of Business and Management at HSE is one of Russia’s largest university departments for business administration, logistics, and business informatics.

The Faculty consists of key three schools – Business Administration, Logistics, and Business Informatics – that together implement over 15 undergraduate and master’s programmes, including Russia’s first ever programmes in business informatics. This area of studies has been developed by the Faculty’s leading specialists and other Russian universities are now following after their example. Courses are delivered by HSE professors and professional practitioners who offer valuable real-world experience.

The Faculty maintains active collaboration with leading international universities and implements exchange and double-degree programmes with partners including ESCP-Europe, Universite Paris-Est-Creteil (France), School of Business, Warwick University (Great Britain), and Technische Universität Berlin (Germany).

The Faculty’s graduate programmes are ranked among the best in Europe, according to EdUniversal. According to the QS Top University Rankings by Subject, the Faculty’s programs are in the top 151-200 worldwide.

In addition to receiving excellent practical training, students also participate in various applied and fundamental research projects. The Faculty includes four institutes and two centres that work on research projects including business models for developing markets, administration practices and market strategies monitoring, and institutional and socio-cultural analysis of business administration.

Faculty of Communications, Media and Design

The Faculty of Communications, Media and Design is unique to HSE. It enables students to acquire and hone the competencies necessary for successful careers in media, technology design, and integrated communications. Professional practitioners play an active role in leading the study process.

Student projects are often exhibited as part of large competitions in Russia and other countries and are rated highly by industry experts.

Faculty graduates go on to work for advertising agencies, design firms, and creative groups. During their studies, students create portfolios of their work that are immediately beneficial in the early stages of their careers.

In addition to working in the media industry, Faculty members also carry out research in areas such as business communications and media trends.

The Faculty is the first in Russia to offer undergraduate studies in Media Communications, offering comprehensive professional education in contemporary media technologies and methods of communication with consumers.

Instructors ensure that students receive the most current information while studying in an open, creative environment. The Faculty has radio and television studios with modern equipment, as well as its own multimedia centre.

International student exchange programmes are offered through partnerships with universities including Stendhal University, Grenoble III (France), New York Film Academy (NYFA, USA), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Stony Brook University (USA), Lyon Film School (France), Tallinn University (Estonia), and Cologne School of Journalism (Germany).


Faculty of Computer Science

Founded in 2014, the Faculty of Computer Science at HSE is one of the youngest departments at the university. The Faculty and its educational programmes were developed in full collaboration with Yandex, one of Russia’s premier IT companies. In the coming years, the Faculty aims to enter the world’s top 30 rankings for university IT departments.

Specific areas within computer science, such as software development, information technology, and applied mathematics, are constantly developing. University education often do not provide students with the most current skills and knowledge that are needed to meet the demands of their future employers. With this in mind, Yandex founded the Data Analysis School (DAS) seven years ago to train master’s students in computer science.

Yandex drew on experiences gained from DAS when creating the new department at HSE in Moscow. As a result, a great opportunity made available to undergraduate and graduate students to receive IT and computer science theoretical knowledge and practical training.

Close collaboration among Yandex employees, HSE lecturers, and students prepares students to launch their careers in IT or even to create startups with their peers.

The HSE Faculty of Computer Science currently offers theoretical and practical education in big data, data mining, and machine learning. The Faculty staff includes experts from leading IT companies, such as Yandex and ABBYY, and students frequently place in international and regional competitions, including the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.

The Faculty annually holds Data Analysis Night, where HSE students and anyone else interested can work with real data from Mail.ru and Yandex. Students frequently participate in hackathons organized by both the Faculty and leading IT companies.

Faculty of Economics

The first faculty to be founded at HSE in 1992, the Faculty of Economics today is the university’s largest department for education and research. The Faculty combines a team of outstanding scholars with top professional practitioners. Furthermore, the Faculty has unique partnerships with top international universities and the biggest Russian and international corporations.

The Faculty’s seeks to be the national leader in research, education, and expert analysis in economics, finance, and statistics.

The Faculty teaches a wide selection of educational programmes, which combine up-to-date training in instrumental and theoretical disciplines with opportunities to create individualized curricula for each student.

Students receive a comprehensive education in contemporary economic theory and study a broad range of mathematical disciplines, econometrics, and statistics. Studies also include applied subjects like financial management, taxation, budgetary policy, and budgeting.

All students are proficient in English and have the option of taking lessons in French and German.

Research is key to the education process and students projects by the Faculty’s research centres, institutes and international laboratories.

Short-term and double degree programmes are led with top international universities, including Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University, ESSCA, Humboldt University of Berlin, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Lancaster University Management School.

The Faculty also maintains close cooperation with the professional world. It has joint departments with Ernst&Young, PwC, and KPMG. Leading professionals from these and other companies conduct classes with the students.

Students start building their careers already during the studies. Starting from the second year of the undergraduate course, they work directly with employers.

The students go for internships in governmental bodies, audit and consulting companies, financial companies, industrial enterprises, and various analytical centres.


Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities prepares future researchers and instructors in philosophy, philology, literature, history, and contemporary culture.

The Faculty of Humanities strives to teach students how to best analyze and understand cultural processes and to use relevant research strategies, while offering them all the knowledge necessary for professional practice. Intensive language training serves to broaden the areas where they can study and then work. Through courses, special schools, and trainings, students develop into multidisciplinary professionals.

Professors teaching in the faculty are Russia’s top academics and professionals from all different disciplines within culture and the arts, joined by international specialists.

Students participate in research projects, archaeological expeditions, external schools, and conferences in Russia and beyond. They also go for internships in both in public and private institutions.

Many students in the faculty participate in internships at major international universities, including Paris-Sorbonne University Paris IV (France), University of Groningen (the Netherlands), George Mason University (USA), Shanghai University (China), University of Tromsø (Norway), Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), University of Basel (Switzerland), University of Toronto (Canada), British Council in Moscow, Sotheby's Institute of Art (Great Britain), Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (Germany), University of Bern (Switzerland), University of Helsinki (Finland), and National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (France).

Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law prepares qualified experts who know Russian and international law and are proficient in contemporary economics. Faculty instructors provide students a strong foundation in general legal education and specific courses address all aspects of legal practices.

Future lawyers study fundamental disciplines like the history and theory of law, as well as various fields of Russian and international law (civil, land, information, municipal law, etc.), contract, labor and taxation law, and details of the judicial system. In addition to these classic areas of study, students can study such specialized law fields as Islamic law, sports law, information technology law, and others. A leader in corporate legal training in Russia, the Faculty also offers in depth training in the key legal regulation mechanisms in economics.

Renowned Russian and international scholars teach at the faculty alongside professional lawyers. Professors actively involve students in their research and project work.

The Faculty cooperates with international universities and offers students internships at universities in Luxembourg, Germany, and Brazil, as well as participation in joint research projects and grants.

The Faculty collaborates not only with academic partners, but also with business entities and governmental bodies (it includes a joint department with the Federal Antimonopoly Service) and non-profit organizations. In 2015, the country’s first department of practical jurisprudence was founded at the Faculty, and students can gain unique practical experience during their studies.

Faculty of Mathematics

Founded in 2008, HSE’s Mathematics Faculty develops on the world-renowned traditions of Russian mathematics.

Prominent Russian and international mathematicians teach courses and engage in research activity. Study programmes focus on the most important topics in mathematics today, such as algebraic geometry, topology, and mathematical physics. Students learn how to combine creativity with precision and rationality and, in addition to mathematics, they also receive training in economics. Graduates are thus equipped with a wide range of competencies enabling them to choose from different career paths in various fields involving applied mathematics, such as IT, insurance, and data analysis.

Many graduates continue their studies in master’s and doctoral programmes at HSE or at other top universities in Russia and abroad (for example, Princeton, Harvard, and MIT).

The Faculty currently includes two laboratories: the Laboratory for Algebraic Geometry and its Applications and the International Laboratory of Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics. Students contribute to faculty research projects from the very first year of their studies.

The Faculty closely cooperates with the mathematics departments of top universities in France and Japan and students frequently participate in summer schools abroad. The Faculty’s short-term Math in Moscow (MiM) programme attracts students from around the world.


Faculty of Social Sciences

Social sciences at HSE are taught by one of its largest and most multidisciplinary faculties. It provides education to students of political science, sociology, public administration, education, and psychology.

Faculty lecturers include renowned Russian academics, international professors, and highly qualified professionals. Together they draw on the best teaching methods from world’s leading universities to lead courses that integrate the latest educational and research developments into the teaching process. As a result, students possess a high level of professionalism even before graduation. Employers not only invite students for internships but also often offer them real jobs, and the university scholars engage students in research projects.

Graduates possess a wide range of professional competencies, including theory and methodology of social sciences, social processes and institutions, economic and political sociology, demography, political analysis, psychoanalysis, and family psychotherapy.

The Faculty takes great pride in its international cooperation and students extensively participate in international educational programmes and projects. The Faculty’s international partners include Sciences Po (France), Université de Toulouse (France), Université Paris X – Nanterre (France), Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Germany), University of Helsinki (Finland), George Mason University (USA), and Fudan University (China). Each year, undergraduate and graduate students study abroad through internships and exchange programmes. The Faculty offers five English-taught graduate programmes, which attract many international students from around the world.

The range of knowledge and practical skills that undergraduate and graduate students gain is broad in its applications. In designing their own curriculums, students can combine related disciplines from other educational programmes. The Faculty has a tutoring centre, which helps students with their studies and research and provides career counseling.

The Faculty contributes to the university’s research activities, in both traditional social sciences, and some new areas of research, such as cognitive neuroscience and neuroeconomics. Fourteen institutes and laboratories are affiliated with the Faculty; they include some of Russia’s leading research centres, such as the Institute of Demography, the Institute of Education, and the Institute for Social Development Studies. The Faculty also includes the Centre for Cognition & Decision Making, a unique institution in Russia that carries out cutting-edge research in psychophysiology, neuroeconomics, and neuronal processes. Faculty scholars regularly publish in major Russian and international academic journals, belong to Russian and international expert councils, and act as executives in Russian and international research institutions. Students of all levels are actively engaged in the Faculty’s research activities.

Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

The Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at HSE University is home to the School of World Economy, the School of International Affairs, and the School of Asian Studies. The Faculty provides education through four undergraduate and six master’s programmes. All Schools are connected, which means that economics students can get learn about international affairs, cultural studies, country traditions and values, and students of international affairs can study economics in addition to applied mathematics.

Working together, students and scholars at the Faculty perform research in global economic administration, trade policy, Asian and European studies, integration studies, business studies, cultural studies, and a dozen of other areas relevant for international affairs today.

The Faculty maintains active cooperation with leading educational and research centres. This allows students to go for semester internships in some renowned universities of Japan, Korea, Belgium, Germany, and Great Britain.

After graduating, many students enter graduate programmes at the top Russian and international universities and pursue academic careers, while others immediately begin to work in the private and public sectors. The alumni’s career opportunities lie in diplomatic and foreign trade spheres, in administration and expert analysis. They can progress in leading international companies, Russian offices of transnational corporations, and other organizations with global presences.

Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM)

Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM) joined HSE in 2012, bringing half-century-long traditions of educating specialists in electrical engineering, circuit engineering, and telecommunication technologies. It includes three departments and over 30 laboratories and research centres.

MIEM offers 10 undergraduate and graduate programmes, as well as doctoral programmes in technology.

Today, MIEM is actively developing in areas including robotics, nanotechnology, space technology (materials science, telecommunications, spacecraft control), applied mathematics, and information technology. Top public telecommunication companies (Almaz-Antey, RSC Energia, Roskosmos) and private corporations (Kaspersky Lab, Yandes, Megafon, Beeline, MTS and others) invite MIEM students for internships every year.

Instruction is given by experienced professionals, RAS members, doctors of sciences, as well as current practitioners in IT, engineering, and software engineering.

MIEM students not only acquire fundamental and practical knowledge but also implement various research projects at laboratories in space studies, local area networks, and internet services.

The range of research projects carried out by MIEM researchers is wide, from mathematical physics and modeling physical processes, to quantum studies, photonics, and polymer physics.

In 2015, a student mission control centre was launched at MIEM, where students can acquire telemetry data from small spacecrafts in real time, and transmit commands to them.

MIEM is located in a quiet Moscow neighborhood near Moscow’s popular Strongino Bay, where HSE’s yacht club is based.

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