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Strategic Academic Units



19 March 2018

New PhD Track Offered at by HSE Doctoral School of Education Will Measure 21st Century Skills

A new English-taught PhD track in Educational Measurement and Testing has been launched by the HSE Institute of Education. It is the only programme of its kind in Russia and most European countries. International students can apply for Russian government scholarships until March 31, 2018. General application round is from August 1 until September 14.

16 March 2018

HSE among the World’s Top 200 Most International Universities

The Higher School of Economics has been ranked 162nd in a new ranking of the world’s most international universities compiled by Times Higher Education.

28 February 2018

HSE Strengthens its Position in QS World University Rankings by Subject

HSE has topped the list of universities in the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 once again, having been ranked in 13 subjects and 3 subject areas in the QS World University Rankings. The university has entered the top 100 in ‘Sociology’ and ‘Political and International Studies’ categories, as well as the top 100 in ‘Social Sciences and Management’. 

The systemic HSE transformations, aiming to create the centers of excellence and to implement their best practices within the whole university, include three stages:

There are two types of Strategic Academic Units – international consortia and centers of excellence

Economics and Management

Goal: To strengthen the leading positions of HSE as the preeminent scientific and educational center of excellence in economic sciences and management in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; to gain global recognition in economics and econometrics.

Challenges for Social Development

Goal: To prepare students and researchers who are ready to provide solutions to the problems of global and national social development.

Mathematics, Computer Science, and Information Technology

Goal: To build an ongoing research cycle and educational trajectory “from fundamental mathematics via computer science to applications in information technologies and contemporary engineering” that will produce scholars, practitioners and researchers highly competitive at the national and international markets.

Integrated Humanities Schools ‘Humanus’

Goal: To achieve global recognition in the humanities for research conducted at HSE in the fields of philosophy, philology, history, linguistics, and cultural studies; to strengthen of the HSE’s leadership in those fields in Russian academia.

Foresight and Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

Goal: To create a world class center of excellence in the Russian Federation in the area of measurement, foresight and policy design in science, technology and innovation (STI).

Cognitive Neuroscience: from Computational Models to Neurotechnology

Goal: To establish a research and educational center of excellence that integrates cognitive neuroscience and information science in order to construct interdisciplinary models of human behavior and to implement these models in the cutting-edge neurotechnologies.

Education and Human Development in the Changing World

Goal: To build first in Russia and globally competitive academic Center of Excellence in the area of education and human development focused on interdisciplinary research.

Urban and Transportation Policy: Guiding Urban Transformation from Industrial to Digital Age

Goal: To create an internationally recognized hub of urban research and education focused on global market, including Russia and CIS. Strategic Academic Unit becomes one of the global centers for experimental research-based urbanism that re-formulates urban planning and governance for the digital age and helps urban governments across Russia and other countries to ensure smooth transformation of their urban planning and governance institutions.