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Since its founding in 1992, National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE University) has developed from an economics institute into a multidisciplinary and diverse university. The idea for the creation of HSE University first appeared at the turn of the 1990s, when it became clear that the current system of economics education did not adequately address the new political and economic realities in Russia.

From its very first days, HSE University sought to provide a combination of tough training with lively discussion and innovative solutions to the most pressing problems in the Russian economy.

Now HSE University is a leader in combining Russian education traditions with the best international teaching and research practices. We are ranked among top 100 institutions worldwide in Politics & International Studies, Sociology, Economics & Econometrics in the QS – World University Rankings by Subject. Moreover, HSE University for two years in a row took 1st place in the rating of the 100 best Russian universities by Forbes and 57th in the ranking of the 150 best young universities in the world by Times Higher Education.  There is no doubt that HSE University is an international university! Here you can expand your contacts and meet students and staff from around the world.

  • 1992

    HSE University created. We celebrate HSE's birthday on November 27

  • 2009

    Status of the National Research University conferred

  • 2010

    International scientific laboratories start working

  • 2019

    Transitioning to a digital and project university model

Our rector is Nikita Anisimov.

Our academic supervisor is Yaroslav Kuzminov.

The motto of the university, which every HSE University student knows: non scholae sed vitae discimus, which in Latin means ‘We do not learn for school, but for life’.


Over the 28 years of its existence, HSE University has opened its campuses in Nizhny Novgorod, Perm and Saint Petersburg. The Moscow campus is the largest with more than 30,000 students.

  • Moscow (1992)

  • Nizhny Novgorod (1996)

  • Perm and Saint Petersburg (1998)


The official mascot of HSE University is the Crow. It was created in 1996, when artist Anna Arenstein drew the picture ‘Faculty Meeting,’ featuring the patriarchs of HSE University as wise birds. Historically, crows have been the symbol of wisdom, intelligence, and independence. And our beloved Crow is now part of every major HSE University event and can be found on our merchandise.

Faces of HSE University

Yaroslav I. Kuzminov

Academic Supervisor of HSE University

Evgeny Yasin

Honorary Academic Supervisor of HSE University

Alexander N. Shokhin

President of HSE University

Herman Gref

Chairman of the HSE Board of Trustees

Sergey Kiriyenko

Chairman of the Supervisory Council


The rector's address to students

‘At HSE University, we are creating the future. Every day. Together.’

The academic supervisor's address to students

‘Hello, dear students of HSE University! You are used to standing out. You came out on top from a very strong group of applicants, and now you are all together -- make the most of it!’