The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (the MSSES, “Shanika”) is a non-state university founded in 1995 by Teodor Shanin, a famous sociologist known for his peasantry studies, a historian, and a professor of the University of Manchester.

The strategic objectives pursued by the School are to embrace the best practices developed by Russian higher education institutions coupled with international higher education system practices, to bring the academic approach back to the higher education system, to support and develop social and human sciences along with the academic education, and also to ensure unrestricted access to educational programs for residents of the Russian Federation and the CIS countries.

The MSSES includes six faculties which deliver 25 bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs and professional retraining courses. International PhD programs will soon be introduced. 450 students study at the MSSES per annum. The average admission score for undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs is 80.6 points. The MSSES ranks 6th among public and private universities in the level of educational background expected from applicants applying to full-fee paying programs.

Манчестер — копия.pngThe MSSES is the only Russian university which has established a partnership with the University of Manchester, one of the top-5 UK universities (the world’s 29th best university according to the QS World University Ranking 2019). Recently, the Shaninka School has created new partnerships with international universities, i.e. Coventry University, the University of Leeds, the International University College of Turin, Wharton Business School, Brigham Young University, Georgetown University, and Tufts University.

The MSSES has passed the state accreditation process, and in 2012 it was listed among 13 non-state universities which were competitively granted state-funded places.

The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences is headed by the Rector Sergey Eduardovich Zuev.

Renowned researchers and experts, including, inter alia, experts from the Russian Academy of Sciences, large consulting companies, federal and regional government agencies, leading international universities, i.e. Oxford, London, Manchester, Warrick, Vancouver and several others, give their lectures at the School. The qualifications of the School’s academic and research staff is attested to by their regular participation in large-scale research projects conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the National Training Foundation, the Russian Foundation for Humanities, the Ministry of Education and Science, and other major customers.

Every year the Shaninka School hosts eight international academic and research conferences and summits bringing together hundreds of participants from all regions of Russia and abroad.

The list of MSSES graduates includes acting and former deputy federal ministers, regional ministers and their deputies, deputy governors of some Russian regions, employees of large international organizations, professors at prestigious universities, and heads of cultural institutions. According to the annual monitoring data, 70% of our alumni are promoted to higher positions within the first year after their graduation. In total, over 2800 specialists have graduated from the Shaninka School.



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