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Since its founding in 1992, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University) has evolved from an economics institute into a diverse, multidisciplinary university. The idea for the creation of Higher School of Economics was first born at the turn of the 1990s, when it became clear that Russia’s then existing system of economics education did not sufficiently address the major changes in the country’s political and economic environment.

From its earliest days, HSE University has sought to combine in-depth instruction with lively discussion and innovative solutions regarding the most pressing problems in the Russian economy.


  • 1992

    Higher School of Economics is created. We celebrate HSE University's birthday on November 27.

  • 2009

    HSE obtains the status of the National Research University

  • 2010

    International research laboratories are launched

  • 2019

    HSE becomes a digital and project-based university.

Today, HSE University is a leader in bringing together Russian education traditions and the best global teaching and research practices. We are among the Top-100 institutions worldwide in Politics & International Studies, Sociology, and Economics & Econometrics, according to QS – World University Rankings. Moreover, this year, HSE placed FIRST in the Forbes ranking of the 100 best Russian universities, as well as ranked 41st among the 150 best young universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education ranking.  There is no doubt that we are truly an international university! Here, you can expand your connections through meeting students and staff from around the world.

Our rector is Yaroslav Kuzminov. The motto of the University which every HSE student knows is non scholae sed vitae discimus, which in Latin means, “We do not learn for school, but for life”.

Faces of HSE

Yaroslav I. Kuzminov

HSE University Rector

Evgeny Yasin

Academic Supervisor of HSE University

Alexander N. Shokhin

HSE University President

Herman Gref

Chairman of the HSE Board of Trustees

Sergey Kiriyenko

Chairman of the Supervisory Council



During its 28 years, HSE University has opened regional campuses in Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, and St. Petersburg. The Moscow campus is the largest and has more than 30,000 students.

  • Moscow (1992)

  • Nizhny Novgorod (1996)

  • Perm and St. Petersburg (1998)


The official mascot of HSE is the Crow. It was created in 1996, when an artist, Anna Arenstein, depicted HSE administrators’ meeting as a gathering of a flock of crows. Historically, crows have been the symbol of wisdom, intelligence, and independence. And our beloved Crow is now part of every major HSE event and can be found on university merchandise.