Recruitment at HSE
It was recognized early on that the typical recruitment model used in most of the top research universities in Europe or North America could not be readily applied at HSE. Global universities generally operate in a decentralized manner, with most decisions about hiring and promotions left to academic faculty members in their various departments, each of which has its own independent budget. When a new recruitment round begins at most Western universities, it is usually the department heads and senior academic staff whose creativity is tested in stretching the budget and using sound judgment.
At HSE, the situation is quite different. As at many older Russian universities, departments have traditionally placed teaching needs ahead of research. Methodology and approaches adopted by the best research universities were generally ignored or even unknown to many Russian-trained academics. This was especially true in the social sciences, which were so adversely impacted during the Soviet era. Although there were notable exceptions in some HSE departments, it was recognized that for the time being, a centrally coordinated approach would be needed to ensure transparency and quality control at all stages of the recruitment process. Thus, the HSE’s Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) was created in 2006. Working under the authority of the Recruitment Policy Committee (chaired by Yaroslav Kuzminov) the CAS is the coordinating body for all aspects of international recruitment.
Centralized international hiring is not the only method used to bring academic staff with international training or even foreign PhDs to HSE. Each faculty in the university has its own budget for hiring staff under domestic contracts.
From an ad hoc process to an official procedure
Using English as the main language has been a key part of adapting the HSE’s administrative support to the emerging needs of a diversified and increasingly international academic staff, many of whom speak little or no Russian. International recruiting at HSE is more than just a complex administrative process; it is an art combining the needs of the faculties and their departments with the ambitious goals of the university while maintaining some balance between the existing faculty and new hires. Add in the creation of a working environment with a healthy, friendly atmosphere of cooperation and a space for research collaboration and you start to see the full picture.
New job ads for international candidates
After some initial success of hiring tenure-track faculty in ICEF, HSE was able to attract internationally recognized research specialists to the Faculty of Economics. In 2010, the process was expanded to the Faculties of Sociology, Management, and, most recently, Politics. For the 2012-13 academic year, HSE was able to hire researchers in an ever-expanding number of disciplines, such as Philosophy, History, Media, Psychology, and International Affairs.
For the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 the CAS’s hiring efforts have been expanded into 16 disciplines, which now include Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Education, Law, Public Policy and Administration, and Mathematics among others.
For the 2015/16 academic year, HSE recruited in 17 different disciplines. To the list of departments in that year, we added Business Informatics and ISSEK (International Laboratory for Science and Technology Studies and International Laboratory for Economics of Innovation).
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