The Higher School of Economics was founded on November 27th, 1992, by an Ordinance of the RF Government.
In October 2009 the Higher School of Economics received the status of a National Research University.
On December 23rd, 2010, the University received the status of an autonomous educational institution (Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation #1109 'On the creation of a federal state autonomous educational institution of higher professional education "National Research University - Higher School of Economics"').
As per October 1st, 2010, over 16 000 students are studying at the HSE. 11375 undergraduate, 2659 master's, and 587 doctoral students are studying at the HSE in Moscow.
The HSE has 3 regional branches: St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm.
The HSE faculty includes 1400 professors and researchers, among them almost 700 specialists invited as part-timers from the areas of business, research institutes, and state bodies.