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About HSE Perm

The Higher School of Economics is a research university that carries out its mission through academic, programming, peer review and sociocultural work based on international academic and organizational standards. We perceive ourselves as a part of the global academic community and believe that international partnership and engagement in global university cooperation are the key elements of our movement forward. As a Russian university, we work for the welfare of Russia and its citizens.

The basis of our work is theoretical and empirical research and the dissemination of knowledge.  Without compromising the quality of research and not being limited to teaching fundamental disciplines, we seek to make a practical contribution to the building of a new Russia.

Our university is a community of faculty, staff members, graduate and undergraduate students who are distinguished by their deep commitment to supporting high academic standards in their work. We seek to guarantee that each member of our community has the most favourable conditions to develop.

Though at times we take different positions on a variety of historical and contemporary issues, we are united by the following common values:

  • striving for truth
  • collaboration and commitment to one another
  • honesty and openness
  • academic freedom and political neutrality
  • professionalism, self-discipline and accountability
  • public engagement

HSE Perm today is


1450 students
in bachelor's and master's
800 students in part-time
education at the faculty
of economics and management
400 students
in continuing education
10 000 participants
in professional
>2300 alumni
120 instructors
12 education
  • Wide range of fields of study – educational programmes not only in economics, but also in computer science and humanities
  • Highest number of state-funded spots in various programmes of study (in Perm)
  • Basic and applied research in a variety of fields ranging from history to econometrics
  • International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy led by renowned foreign scholars
  • Double degree master’s programme with Essex University (UK)
  • Study process integrated with research
  • Support for students and faculty in their entrepreneurial initiatives
  • Electronic subscriptions to Russian and international research journals and databases
  • Wide range of student clubs and activities – from classical music and dance to debates and hiking

HSE Perm’s Stages of Development


HSE's Perm regional campus established.


HSE–Perm's first students begin their studies at the Faculty of Economics and Management.


The Centre for Applied Economics opens.


The first students receive their undergraduate degrees in Economics and Management.


Lyceum #10, affiliated with the HSE–Perm, opens. Today, it is one of Perm Krai's leading general education institutions.


The HSE–Perm becomes a laureate of the Specialist Training Quality Assurance Systems competition held by Russia's Ministry of Education and Science.


The Faculty of Business Informatics is established.

An undergraduate programme in Business Informatics introduced.

Master’s programmes in Finance and Public Administration are launched.

The transition to the bachelor’s and master’s degree system of the European education system begins


A master’s programme in Project Management launched.


HSE is awarded the status of National Research University by decree of the Government of the Russian Federation.

A Master’s programme in Marketing is launched.


Undergraduate programmes in History and Political Science are introduced.

According to the 2011 undergraduate applicant admission quality-rating prepared by the HSE at the request of Russia's Public Chamber, the HSE ranks fifth and the HSE–Perm ranks twenty-fifth among over 500 higher education institutions in Russia.


An undergraduate specialization in Software Engineering is introduced.

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is created.

Research group on empirical analysis of markets and companies created.

Sixth academic conference of the HSE University District takes place, gaining the status of First All-Russian.


Higher School of Economics wins Project 5/100, a competition to raise the competitiveness of Russia’s universities among the world’s leading educational institutions.

HSE Perm hosts first annual International Conference on Applied Research in Economics (iCare).

Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Empirical Studies created by restructuring Investment Analysis Laboratory.

Jurisprudence educational programme opens within Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Second All-Russian Academic Conference of the HSE University District takes place, seeing international participation.


First annual intra-university academic conference for instructors and staff, Neighbours in Research, takes place.

HSE Perm’s International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy created.

Public-Private Interactions Centre (PPI-Centre) created.

HSE Perm hosts International Conference on Ancient History: Deformations and Crises of Ancient Civil Communities.

First International Academic Conference of the HSE University District takes place at HSE Perm.

 ‘PROFI-KRAI’ Olympiad in mathematics gains international status. The remote tour of the Olympiad is available from any point around the world.

Mater’s programmes opened in Information Analytics in Enterprise Management and Legal Support of Business Activity.


Laboratory of Historical Informatics and Computer Archaeography created as part of Historical Research Unit.

Education: More than Economics

HSE was created as an economics university, which is why the first faculties of the Perm campus trained largely economists and managers. But a contemporary economics education is based on interdisciplinarity. Breakthroughs and discoveries in education and research are taking place across various disciplines and sciences. Collaboration between departments of economics, engineering, and the humanities serve as the foundation for world-renowned universities such as MIT and Caltech. This is the route HSE chose.

Initially, the Faculty of Business Informatics was opened at HSE Perm with concentrations in business informatics and software engineering. A faculty for the social sciences and humanities was later opened offering history, political science, and jurisprudence.

Undergraduate Studies

7 educational programmes

HSE Perm undergraduate students can:

  • Receive several scholarships at the same time for high grades and active participation in student life
  • Participate in research conducted in various laboratories and groups
  • Obtain an international certificate specifying English language proficiency
  • Take part in international academic conferences alongside leading international scholars
  • Become a paid teaching assistant
  • Gain access to one of Russia's largest university libraries
  • Spend up to two years taking advantage of inter-campus mobility by studying at one of the Higher School of Economics' three campuses in Moscow, St. Petersburg or Nizhny Novgorod
  • Choose a minor that includes four interconnected disciplines
  • Take on an active role in university life by joining a student council or club and by participating in seminars and conferences

Master’s Programmes

6 educational programmes

HSE Perm graduate students are able to:

  • Gain new competencies to add to the foundation built during an undergraduate course of study
  • Participate in international internships and student exchanges
  • Complete a dual degree with the University of Essex
  • Become a paid teaching assistant or instructor
  • Take part in research and projects carried out in HSE Perm's research laboratories

Study Abroad and Dual Degrees

HSE Perm has a joint master’s programme with the University of Essex (Great Britain) called Business Strategies in a Global Environment. The programme is meant for students who want to study at the European level and receive two prestigious diplomas from two leading universities in Russia and Great Britain, something that is sure to open up additional career opportunities. 


A diploma from the Higher School of Economics guarantees that the graduate will be a competitive player on the job market. An HSE diploma ensures rapid and successful career growth within top Russian and international companies.

HSE alumni participate in the university’s seminars and conferences, and they maintain free access to the resources of HSE’s library. Alumni also hold their own events, recruit interns and new employees among HSE students for their companies, and are also given a discount on the university’s continuing education programmes.

The geographical career span for HSE Perm alumni is constantly growing, as undergraduate and master’s students achieve success not only in Russia, but abroad as well. Many alumni continue their education at European and American universities. In addition, more and more HSE Perm alumni are recruited by some of the largest Russian and international companies each year, including KPMG, EY, Deloitte, PwC, Metro Cash&Carry, Hilton Worldwide, Paragon Acquisitions, ING Investment Management and others.

The results of a project to monitor the career paths of 2011-2014 HSE Perm alumni show that graduates advance on the career ladder rather quickly. Some 16% of 2011 undergraduate alumni currently hold leadership positions ranging from deputy department chiefs to project managers and CEOs. The figure is more than double for 2011 master’s graduates at 33%.

Undergraduate alumni of 2012-2013 have also been successful in their chosen career paths; 20% of them have already become lead/senior specialists or department heads. 

The HSE Perm Career Development Centre was designed to help students and alumni of our university build their career properly and achieve new professional heights. The Centre’s mission is to see students and alumni develop by helping them grow professionally and build successful careers instead of simply finding jobs.

Research And Publications

The university carries out research in several key areas:

Basic research is aimed at developing the social sciences and applying the university's academic potential to solving key socioeconomic challenges.

HSE Perm's International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy was formed in 2014 from a research group working on issues in empirical corporate finance, intangible assets, and intellectual capital. The Laboratory mainly focuses on researching the role of intangible assets in how companies create sustainable competitive advantages, as well as on conducting comparative empirical studies in this field. The Laboratory brings together scholars and junior researchers from HSE and universities across Europe and America. The Academic Supervisor of IdLab is Angel Barajas, a Professor at Spain's University of Vigo.

The university's Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Empirical Studies (ЛМЭИ) has also been carrying out research since September 2013. The Laboratory includes several research groups.

Adding to HSE Perm’s research endeavours is the Research Group for Applied markets and Enterprises Studies (AMES), which was created in May 2012 and is headed by New Economics School Professor Grigory Kosenok, PhD. In the group’s projects, researchers evaluate demand for goods or services, as well as production functions, which allows companies to address practical issues in various industries.

In early 2015, the research group Empirical Demand Estimation was created through the Academic Fund Grant contest. Group participants model demand and various aspects of consumer behaviour in several key markets: retail, mobile communications, online gaming, real estate, and electric power. All of the Empirical Demand Estimation group's projects bring together theoretical models and statistical and econometric methods to be applied to real data. The group’s studies are multidisciplinary in nature, uniting fields such as the empiricism of branch markets, operations research, marketing, and intellectual data analysis. The group is headed by Dmitriy Potapov, Associate Professor in the School of Economics and Finance and Deputy Director of HSE Perm.

In September 2014, HSE Perm established the Public-Private Interactions Centre (PPI-Centre), whose Academic Supervisor is Paola Valbonesi, PhD in Economics, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Management at Italy's University of Padova. PPI-Centre conducts multidisciplinary research on public and private initiatives such as contracts, procurements, and non-profit partnerships. The Centre accumulates the tremendous contribution HSE Perm staff has made alongside international researchers. The Centre works closely with public organisations and institutes, as well as with representatives of the private sector.

The university opened the Centre for Antiquity Studies, a project of HSE's Basic Research Centre, in 2011. Comprised of antiquity scholars from Perm’s state and pedagogical universities, the Laboratory was renamed the Unit of Historical Research in early 2013. The group’s main aim is to prepare, test, and publish the results of research on civil society in antiquity. The Academic Director is Professor Peter J. Rhodes.

In 2015, the Laboratory of Historical Informatics and Computer Archaeography was created as part of Historical Research Unit. The Laboratory’s Supervisor is Andrei Zakharov, PhD, who is the also the Academic Supervisor of several projects to create information systems in archaeography.

Applied research has allowed the university to build a solid model for fusing science, business, and society. At HSE’s Perm campus, the Centre for Applied Economics develops and implements new approaches and solutions in the sphere of corporate and public financial management and strategic planning. The Centre's customers include enterprises from the corporate sector, the government of Perm Territory, and other local government bodies.

HSE in the Global Academic Space

HSE Perm first entered the international academic market in 2014 when it hired several renowned professors from around the world. The university’s Economics Programme currently has two foreign lecturers, Mirzobobo Yormirzoev and Alexandr Vachshilko. Professor Yormirzoev received his PhD from Washington State University, while Professor Vachshilko studied at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology before receiving his master’s degree from the New Economic School (Moscow) and his PhD from Vanderbilt University (Nashville).

HSE Perm regularly carries out international conferences.

  • International Conference on Applied Research in Economics (iCare).
  • International Academic Conference of the HSE University District
  • International Conference on Ancient History: Deformations and Crises of Ancient Civil Communities

A University Open to the City

A university is not only an educational and academic campus; it is a source of new and bright ideas, as well as projects that establish a city’s social and cultural space. The HSE holds an array of interesting events within the walls of the university that are open to anyone. The university also creates new platforms for communication, discussions and overall fun celebrations in the city. At HSE Perm, students can participate in a variety of different clubs and groups:

  • Music Box, a classical music club headed by Artemy Savchenko, the Concertmaster of the Second Violins of the orchestra MusicAeterna
  • Literary Lounge, a club where opinions are heard on the latest books and theatre productions
  • Berkiansky Club, where problems of conservatism and modernity are discussed and where participants attend workshops hosted by Russian political scientists
  • VyshKINO and KinoKlub DK, film clubs where members not only watch intellectual films, but also hold in-depth discussions on the issues addressed in the films
  • HSE Perm Discussion Club, where relevant issues in economics, politics, society, and culture are discussed
  • Politia, a club for discussing relevant political issues in Russia and around the world

The University in the Media Landscape

News Resources

HSE's website has all the important information you will need about the Higher School of Economics, from HSE’s admissions guidelines to staff biographies. You can also find the latest news on university life as well as announcements for interesting events.

Book and Library Resources

The library at HSE Perm began forming its collections in 1998, the main one being foreign classics on economics. The library currently has around 70,000 works, including 6,000 foreign publications and 140 titles from various periodicals. In addition, the library’s collection of electronic documents, including full texts, is constantly growing.

HSE's library has one of Russia's widest collections of electronic resources, which include databases of foreign and Russian periodicals; the abstract and citation databases ISI Web of Knowledge and Scopus; publications and statistical resources from the World Bank, OECD, and the IMF; and Russian and foreign dictionaries and encyclopaedias. There is electronic access to over 170,000 books on an array of topics: from economics and finance to psychology and philosophy, and from classic reprints to the newest research. Around 80% of electronic books are in English and 20% in Russian. Students and staff of the university are able to subscribe to the archives of leading global academic journals, some even dating back to the late 19th century, as well as collections of master’s theses and PhD dissertations which were defended in Europe and North America over the last 20-30 years.



For many years the crow has been considered a symbol of the Higher School of Economics. The artist Anna Arenstein came up with it in 1996 to illustrate a new informational booklet about the HSE. The crow can now be found on any HSE souvenir, and it has also become a symbol of the university's annual awards.

Golden HSE 

The ceremony to award the main university prize dates back to 2001. The number and names of nomination categories have changed over time, but the prize has always been given to the best teacher, best researcher, best graduate and to people who have made the most significant contribution to the university’s development. Award winners are determined by a vote of the Board of Tenured Professors and receive a statuette of a golden crow.

The ceremony to award the main university prize dates back to 2001. While the number of categories and their names have changed over time, prizes have always been awarded to the best teacher, best researcher, best graduate and to people who have made the most significant contribution to the university’s development. Award winners are determined by a vote of the Board of Tenured Professors and receive a statuette of a golden crow.


This is a student competition where representatives from various programmes compete to become HSE Perm officials.


This festival allows students and staff to present their ideas and bring their talents to light.

Employers' Forum

The forum is an annual event that brings HSE students and alumni together with companies based in Perm and other parts of Russia.

Superius Academic Choir

Headed by MusicAeterna soloist Anastasia Egorova, this student choir is the pride of HSE Perm. No HSE function is complete without a Superius performance. The choir also participates in city festivals and puts on benefit concerts.


At the ceremony, students are given their diplomas. Dressed in a cap and gown, students throw their tassels to the left side of their caps, signifying that they are officially alumni of the university. 

Charity Work

Charity work and volunteer activities are excellent ways of bringing together students, alumni, and staff of the Higher School of Economics. HSE Perm’s Discussion Club has been organising the Bake Sale charity event since 2011. The event’s main goal is to collect money for the city’s animal shelters.