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National Research University Higher School of EconomicsStrategic Development ProgramInternational Advisory Committee of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)

International Advisory Committee of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)

International Advisory Committee (IAC) is a collegial advisory body comprised of prominent international experts that was established to support the development of National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia (HSE).

The main purpose of HSE International Advisory Committee is to provide management advice about the direction the university should follow and support the HSE's development.

The Committee’s primary functions include: evaluating HSE strategy, monitoring HSE development, and providing strategic counsel by advising on HSE's internationalization policy; advising on the international recruitment of faculty and experts; advancing collaboration between the HSE and leading educational and research centers; promoting HSE.

IAC Meetings

The HSE International Advisory Committee meets once a year, each meeting consisting of two days discussion including a working dinner. There may also be some follow-up questions/discussions by email or videoconference. Because of the nature of the matters to be discussed, we would expect members to consider the information as confidential.

The HSE Rector and HSE top management are invited to participate in the meetings; other experts can be invited if necessary.

The committee's working languages are English and Russian. The meetings are provided with simultaneous translation. Committee proceedings are moderated by the Chairman; administrative support is provided by the IAC Manager. Within ten days following each meeting, the IAC Manager prepares the minutes which, after being approved by the Chairman, are distributed to Committee members and the HSE management team.

Committee members are free to express their opinions and suggestions; between annual meetings, consultations and videoconferences with Committee members can be arranged.

The date for IAC meeting shall be announced not later than 4 months prior to the meeting. The information materials are to be sent to IAC members not later than 10 working days prior to the meeting.

The meetings are video- and audio-recorded. 

IAC Meeting Agenda

The IAC meeting agenda is to be approved by HSE Rector and IAC Chairman. The IAC members are allowed to advise on topics to be discussed within the meeting. The preliminary agenda is to be prepared by IAC leading coordinator and sent to IAC members by email not later than one week before the meeting.

IAC Regulations

The IAC activities are regulated by HSE Charter and IAC statutory documents approved by HSE Rector and HSE Academic Council.


IAC activities arecoordinated by IAC leading coordinators appointed by HSE Rector (Ivan Prostakov, Vice-Rector)

Administrative support is provided by Alyona Sutormina, Manager of Office for International Cooperation together with World Bank

IAC membership

IAC members shall be professionals who have experience in management / governance in higher education and research and/or leaders in disciplinary fields related to HSE priority areas. Ideally IAC members shall have both these two qualities.

New IAC candidates are to be approved by HSE Rector, IAC Chairman and HSE Academic Council. IAC members may leave IAC by notifying HSE Rector by email and giving a written notice to HSE Rector by post. Inactive members not participating in IAC meetings and discussions are to be excluded from IAC upon approval of HSE Rector, IAC Chairman and HSE Academic Council.

Terms for IAC Chairman: 5 years long, once renewable

Terms for current IAC members: 4 years long, once renewable

Terms for new IAC members (joined IAC in 2016): 2 years long, then renewable for 4 more years

Announcements on IAC Meetings at HSE:

2011 International Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting

2012 International Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting

2013 International Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting

2014 International Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting

2015 International Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting 

2016 International Advisory Committee(IAC) meeting

Members of the International Advisory Committee

Eric Maskin

Committee Chairman. 

Adams University Professor at Harvard University. 

Nobel laureate in Economics, 2007. 

Eric Maskin is the author of works on agricultural economics, social choice theory, entrepreneurship, finance, the history and philosophy of economics, industrial organization, international trade, rights and intellectual property, microeconomics, public economics, public finance, innovational economics, technology and industrial dynamics.

Philip G. Altbach

Research Professor
Founding Director, Center for International Higher Education. Philip Altbach is one of the most renowned experts in higher education.

Timothy J. Colton

Chair of the Department of Government at Harvard University

The areas of Timothy Colton's research interests include Russian and post-Soviet government and politics. 

Patti McGill Peterson

Presidential Advisor, Global Initiatives, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, American Council on Education

An expert on various higher education issues, Patti Peterson is well versed in trends in international higher education, the internationalization of US higher education, college and university administration, governance, and academic programme development.

Treisman Daniel

Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Daniel Treisman is a researcher working at the interface of economics, political science, and sociology.


New experts, who joined the Committee in 2016:

Leah Rosovsky

Vice President for Strategy and Programmes at Harvard University

Ellen Hazelkorn

Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (Ireland), Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology

Holds a joint appointment as Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (HEA), and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). She is also President of EAIR (European Higher Education Society) and Chairperson of the EU Expert Group on Science Education (2014), and on the Management Board of the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), at the Institute of Education, UCL.

Tan Chorh Chuan

President of the National University of Singapore and Deputy Chairman, Agency for Science, Technology & Research, Singapore