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'Studying here in Moscow is very exciting. This city is full of energy and I can feel it'

Francesca Di Bari, Rome, Italy

1st year MIB student

Current job:
Part-time interpreter

Prior education: Bachelor in Economics and Management - Curriculum in Business Administration 

Professional areas of interest: Business Administration, Management and Leadership.

Languages proficient in: Italian, Russian, English


Someone you admire: 
If I could name someone who is not famous, I would definitely say my parents.

First of all, could you share with us, what was your motivation to pursue a master’s degree in Russia? And how do you find your experience of studying and living in Moscow so far?

I believe that one of the main reasons that motivated me to choose Russia and Moscow for my master’s degree is of course the fact that I am half Russian, and Russian is one of my mother tongues. I grew up with the idea and the feeling that I have not one, but two homelands to which I belong. With this background I developed a vision of what my future job could be, and I can see myself working “between" Russia and Italy.
Studying here in Moscow is very exciting. This city is full of energy and I can feel it. 

Why, out of all the master’s programs offered by the leading Russian universities, you decided to pursue Master of International Business at the HSE?
The reason why I chose this particular master’s program is because it is in the management field and it does not focus specifically on particular industries, as many master’s programs do.
 
Two months of studies at HSE MIB are over. How were your expectations met?
For now, I can strongly state that I am very happy with my choice, and I find my experience here better than what I could expect.

Can you share with us some of the most exciting or challenging moments? 
The most challenging “moment” was to enter in the “competition mode” during classes. Compared to my previous university, where during classes the interaction between professors and students was brought to minimum, here the participation is part of the final evaluation, and this is something I am not used to.
It is difficult to talk about some particularly exciting moments. I would like to say that I was positively surprised by how soon all members of our group became friends. We are all different: from different countries, with different cultures and backgrounds. But we get to spend time together even after classes and during the weekends.
 
Which courses and lecturers do you find the most exciting, and why? International Marketing is one of the most exiting courses. I believe this is due to the fact that we work in groups on challenging projects that require continuous improvement.
 
In your opinion, what are the most important and useful skills you acquire while being an MIB student?
I am learning to participate more and to share my ideas and opinions. Sometimes we prefer not to say something because we think that nobody cares, but in reality we are losing a chance.