Most Russia’s premier universities are located in the heart of Moscow, the capital of Russian Federation and together offer an expansive range of educational programs. Some of them include:
·Moscow State Institute of International Relations
·Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
·Bauman Moscow State Technical University
·Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
Statistics shows that Russia's universities train tens of thousands of international student from around the world, preparing them for careers in the private and public sectors in their home countries and elsewhere around the world. Notwithstanding this most of the premier universities have joined the European Universities Association and are signatories to the Bologna accords.
And of course the Higher School of Economics.
1. About HSE
Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, the Higher School of Economics is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Having rapidly grown into a well-renowned research university over two decades, HSE sets itself apart with its international presence and cooperation. This enables students to gain unique experiences while studying. Based in Moscow, with branches in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Perm, HSE continues to grow. Among Russian universities, HSE is a leader in economics, management, sociology, computer science, public policy, and political science.
2. International exposure and rigorous academic work
HSE faculties, researchers, and students represent over 50 countries, and are dedicated to maintaining the highest academic standards. The school has 29400 students, 12 libraries, 20 dormitories, 63 student clubs, 1436 administrative staff, 442 experts and analysts, 650 research projects per year etc.
Now a dynamic university with four campuses, HSE is a leader in combining Russian education traditions with the best international teaching and research practices. HSE offers outstanding educational programmes from secondary school to doctoral studies, with top departments and research centres in a number of international fields.
HSE has more than one hundred foreign instructors from 25 countries. The students are top notch and are challenged by their professors – so there’s no getting away with poorly written essays!
Final grades are not based exclusively on the final exam; instead it’s a combination of essays, homework assignments, exams, and participation.
3. HSE in the city and global events
Throughout the year, there are many academic events on campus, the largest and most famous of which is the HSE April International Academic Conference. The event attracts leading experts from around the world and not only academics: business leaders, policy makers, and other influencers all take part. This year, the renowned Indonesian communications specialist Dr. Mulyana (UniversitasPadjajaran) participated.
Many ideas for projects that brighten and improve Moscow as a city originate at HSE. Open lectures are held in economics, sociology, history, philosophy, literature, psychology and engineering for anyone who wishes to attend. This HSE Lectorium series takes places all over the city, for example, in Gorky Park during the summer and at Moscow museums during the winter
4. HSE in RankingsRanking HSE in the World/Europe (411–420) .HSE in Russia QS World University Rankings, 2016/2017 -11th position
The Russian State Library, which, with 44.4 million collections, is the largest library in Russia and the fifth largest in the world. The façade of the building shows its history: it is still written “V. I. Lenin State Library of the USSR.” This is what the library was called from 1925 to 1992, before being renamed.
Reading a good book in a nice library is one of life’s great pleasures. So let me tell you the steps that you have to take to get to this point at the Russian State Library:
A. Get a library access card
1. Go to the registration officeFirst visit, go to the registration office located at gate two (Moscow, Myasnitskaya.20, second floor).
2. Get your ID and student card, fill out a request form and take a queue number
It’s free to register and Russians and foreigner students receive the same kind of library card. Present some kind of identification documents (for example, your passport) and your HSE student ID. Then fill out the request form and take a queue number.
3. Photo session
Time to take a photo for your ID! Wait until your number is called and then enter your personal data and then have your photo taken. The whole process is around 3 minutes.
And then you’re set! Be sure to say “spasiba” (“thank you”) to all of the people who helped you!
B. Reading Books at Library
1. Create an agenda for your library visit
It’s important to make a plan and follow it. This way you can avoid confusion and won’t feel rushed. In addition to your library card, you will be given a red piece of paper that has your name on it. This will serve as your log where all the books that you read will be recorded. Be sure not to lose this – you have to return it when you leave the library!
If you want to explore the library, you should know that:
• The first floor has an online catalog and a room for periodicals and new books
• The second floor consists of rooms for retrieving and returning books, a main reading room, the central catalog system and military books
• The third floor consists of rooms for retrieving and returning books, a main reading room, a room for making photocopies, a room for non-book publications, a museum collection of old and rare books, and a conference hall.
2. Select a few books.
To find books, you can use the online catalog system on machines that look like ATMs but instead of cash give you tickets that you can use to retrieve the books that you are looking for.
3. Get the book that you want.
There are several ways to get your books:
• Get your books from the retrieval rooms on the second and third floors
• Take your books right off the bookshelves
So finally you’ve found the book that you want! Now you can take your book, find a comfortable and well-lit place to sit, and open the front cover!
When you’re done reading, don’t forget to return the book! You wouldn’t wish to be any problems the next time you visit this magnificent library.