The Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, was established in 1992 on the initiative of renowned Russian economists and leading reformers in the Russian Government with the aim of promoting economic and social reform in Russia by educating a new generation of researchers and practitioners, producing and disseminating modern economic knowledge among Russian business and government and giving rise to new ideas for economic and social reforms and the formation of new corporate strategies.
In October 2009 the Higher School of Economics received the status of a National Research University and is arguably now the leading centre in Russia for teaching and research in the social sciences (and humanities). Indeed, HSE is the leading academic institution in Russia in the fields of economics, management, sociology, business information technology, public policy, political science and international relations. HSE joined IMESS in 2009, and is represented through its School of World Economy and World Politics. It has proved to be a popular addition to the IMESS consortium.
In 2015 HSE offers only two IMESS tracks, Politics & Security and Politics and the International Economy.