Russia’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) will allocate 10% of its state-funded places to children of soldiers who served in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine starting this fall, the rector of the school has said. ‘university. said Tuesday.
“There are 3,800 state-funded places [in total]. nearly 400 children [of soldiers fighting in Ukraine] will enter the Higher School of Economics thanks to this quota,” Nikita Anisimov told reporters.
The move comes after President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order ordering the HSE to make special concessions to the children of servicemen who took part in what the Kremlin calls “the special military operation” in Ukraine.
Unlike other HSE applicants, military children will not be required to pass an entrance exam to enroll in college, Anisimov said.
Once a bastion of liberal values, HSE has long been considered one of Russia’s most prestigious universities.
But in recent years, the HSE has increasingly aligned itself with the Kremlin’s positions.
While several HSE staff resigned in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an open letter expressing support for the Kremlin’s military campaign received 300 signatures from university officials, including Anisimov.
Andrei Kolesnikov, a political expert at the liberal Carnegie Center in Moscow, which Russia ordered closed in April, said the change was typical given Russia’s move toward a more authoritarian system.
“The HSE as we once knew it – the top socio-economic university in the country with world-class educational standards and academic freedom – is over. It is incompatible with an authoritarian regime,” Kolesnikov told the Moscow Times last month.