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HSE Alumni

Since 1995, more than 51,000 people have graduated from HSE. Equipped with a diploma from HSE, our graduates go on to work in a variety of different fields and industries. Many of our graduates begin their careers with Russian and international companies in the private sector. Others work for educational and research institutions, governmental bodies, and non-profit organizations.

HSE’s Alumni Association helps graduates to stay connected. Alumni participate in the university’s seminars and conferences and have free access to HSE’s library. In addition, they often hold their own events in conjunction with the university and offer current HSE students internships at their companies. Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of especially successful graduates at the HSE Alumni Awards ceremony.

Students for a short time
Alumni for a lifetime


HSE Faculties Named Most Popular among Employers in 2017

According to research by Future Today, HSE’s Faculty of Economic Sciences is the most in-demand among employers. A further three HSE faculties were named in the top 10.

'Robots Won’t Take over the Fields that Involve a Lot of Intellectual Work'

In the latest edition of Success Builder, HSE alumna Olga Filatova, who is currently the Vice President for HR and Education at Mail.Ru Group, explains the ins and outs of hunting for talent nationwide, and she also talks about what it’s like to work in the United States and whether jobseekers’ social media accounts are important.

‘I’ve Attended UN Models, but Have Never Seen So Many People Leaving the Table in Love with Russia’

In 2017, Dilara Khannanova and Sofia Petrichenko, HSE graduates, created a ‘Gogol de Paris’ association in Paris, which popularizes not only Gogol’s writing, but also Russian cuisine with its feast traditions. The project authors spoke to the HSE News Service about ‘Gogol’, Gogol, the uniting power of Russian cuisine, and charity.

Time to Nominate: 9th HSE Alumni Awards

The 2017 HSE Alumni Awards will shortly be open for nominations. The awards were founded in 2007 to recognise HSE graduates who have achieved professional success in the corporate sphere or their own businesses. Over the years, the winners have included Maxim Oreshkin, Russian Minister of Economic Development, Ilya Azar and Tonia Samsonova, journalists, Ksenia Mokrushina, Director of the Centre of Urban Studies at Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, and Vladimir Potapov, CEO at VTB Capital, among others.

Time to Nominate: 9th HSE Alumni Awards

The 2017 HSE Alumni Awards will shortly be open for nominations. The awards were founded in 2007 to recognise HSE graduates who have achieved professional success in the corporate sphere or their own businesses. Over the years, the winners have included Maxim Oreshkin, Russian Minister of Economic Development, Ilya Azar and Tonia Samsonova, journalists, Ksenia Mokrushina, Director of the Centre of Urban Studies at Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, and Vladimir Potapov, CEO at VTB Capital, among others.

'It’s Nice Having a Diplomatic Passport, but it Comes with Responsibility'

HSE alumna Polina Tonkikh is someone who was directly involve in one of the greatest moments in Russia’s history – the country’s accession to the World Trade Organisation. In the latest edition of Success Builder, Polina talks about what it’s like representing Russia at the WTO and how the country’s image has changed in the international arena.

HSE Graduates Win National Research Competition

Work by graduates of the HSE undergraduate programme in sociology took first place at the Russian national undergraduate and graduate student academic research competition in the social sciences category. In addition, research by a graduate of the HSE St. Petersburg won an audience’s choice award.

‘You Showed Tenacity, and You Succeeded.’ How ICEF Celebrated Its 20th Anniversary

The HSE International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) is turning 20. The college celebrated its anniversary with a gala at the Pushkin Museum and with its largest graduating class ever.

'You Have to Work Seven Days a Week. But I’ve Never Enjoyed Studying as Much as I Do This Year'

A year ago Yulia Zhestkova, a graduate of the HSE-NES Joint Programme got into the PhD programme in economics at the University of Chicago immediately after completing her bachelor’s. Below, Yulia tells the HSE News Service how the programme is structured, what the instructors – among whom are Nobel Prize Laureates – are like, and what you have to confess to yourself before going into a PhD programme. 

'You Should Enjoy Everything You Do, including Work'

In 2010, a tourism cluster appeared in the North Caucasus that signified a new and prospective field for the Russian travel industry. Below, Northern Caucasus Resorts CEO Oleg Gorchev talks about why one might want to vacation in Chechnya, what his children think about his job, and what it was like to be part of the first class to graduate from the Higher School of Economics.