Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism is an independent learning and research division of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Founded in 2011, the School takes a multidisciplinary approach towards studying and planning modern cities, using the excellent foundation that one of Russia’s top universities has formed in the humanities and socioeconomics.
The School’s mission is to create a centre in Russia for learning and research in urban studies and urban planning. It is envisioned that this centre will respond to the needs of the 21st century city and the corresponding era of megacities that are home to tens of millions of people with diverse interests and aspirations. These are cities where sources of information grow and the space for civil, creative, and economic opportunities expands. From 2016 the School is officially named in honor of its first dean and one of the founders — Alexander Vysokovsky (1948-2014).
As of 2018, the Graduate School of Urbanism has launched three graduate-level courses in city planning (including the Master’s Programme 'Urban Development and Spatial Planning'), participated in dozens of research and planning projects at the regional and federal level, and carried out research and consulting work at its laboratories. The acting dean of the School is Mikhail Blinkin, PhD, director of the Institute of Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies of the HSE.