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Political Analysis and Public Policy is the most popular Master’s programme among HSE’s international students. It draws people with professional experience as well as those fresh from Bachelor’s degrees to do research.

Sambhavna Biswas (India)

Graduate 2018

 Research Assistant for Member of Parliament Ninong Ering (India)

 The knowledge I gained and the relationships I made during these two years will be of enduring value to me and will continue to bring smile on my face whenever I think of HSE 



Juniar Laraswanda Umagapi (Indonesia)

Graduate 2017

 

By being a part of this programme, I hope I can help to bring change to my country

My name is Juniar Laraswanda Umagapi and I am from Indonesia. A year ago, I decided to come to Russia and do my Master’s degree with the Political Analysis and Public Policy Department at National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. I am now focused on human rights and global governance. I have learned a lot about public policy while taking part in this programme. I work in human rights because I am interested in this issue along with my own background in this field. If asked about why I came to Russia to continue my studies, I would say it was because I wanted to learn more about Russia and see the situation here with my own eyes. In regards to the programme itself, I have discovered a lot of new things while studying here. There are also a lot of interesting subjects that I want to cover in my future career. I really enjoy learning about human rights or subjects related to the humanities. By being a part of this programme, I hope I can help to bring change to my country.  Studying public policy, attending lectures, getting to know wonderful friends from around the world, and living in Russia’s capital city has been the biggest experience of my life. As a second year student, I am discovering a lot while studying here, and I still want to learn more about Russia.  How public policy relates to politics and global governance is always being discussed in class. The most important thing to remember while studying at HSE is that you must develop your personal network, while also trying to gain as much as experience both inside and outside of the University, as this will help boost your chances of securing future work opportunities. I suggest trying to be competitive and taking part in a lot of competitions, so that you can prove your abilities to yourself. It is also important to set goals beyond getting good grades, and cultivating an extensive international network. 
Alejandra Santoliva (Colombia)

Graduate 2017

 

I am really happy to be part of the HSE community!

Studying Public Policy at HSE has been a great opportunity for me. I have learned a lot about the relevancy of public policy and how it is connected to human rights, which is a passion of mine. Being in contact with teachers and classmates from all over the world while in Moscow has been a unique experience. It is amazing how much you can learn from people who experience realities completely different to your own. Furthermore, HSE offers many opportunities in terms of socialization, cultural exchanges, sports, etc., which have made this whole experience even more valuable. Moreover, the staff at HSE are just amazing and always ready to help! The theoretical and practical knowledge I have acquired so far at the University has helped me to further develop values such as respect and tolerance, as well as cultivate my own character and practical skills.
I am really happy to be part of the HSE community!

 

Stanislav Myasnikov (Russia)

Graduate 2017

 

HSE – a platform for various types of self-development

Study at HSE?
'It’s possible! I came to HSE in 2011 to take part in the ‘Applied Political Science’ Bachelor’s programme, which is now under the Political Science Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The study process is not simple, especially at HSE. I don’t know if people not connected with ‘Vyshka’ even know about that. I often hear it asked whether ’it is impossible to study at HSE?’, or ’how do you survive there?’ However, if we are going to be objective, we can see that many students graduate from HSE every year, with some of them going for Master’s here. Or, some leave this Alma Mater, while others take a gap year. All of this shows that studying at HSE is possible, but only if people take it seriously. HSE – a platform for researchers The framework of a research university foresees not only research conducted by scholars and professors, but also students, who are, to a certain extent, engaged in scientific activities. Right after arrival, the ‘newbies’ can join research groups, or work at laboratories, where they can take part in existing projects, or they can also develop new projects. HSE students know that a term paper is not only an essay or text with the rewritten thoughts of others (which is prohibited anyway). Instead, it should be real research, which has been conducted according to specific scientific rules and parameters. In defending a term paper, a student defends his/her own work, which was done through the year, thereby showing the skills acquired and how this new knowledge can be applied. As a second year Bachelor’s student, I realized that I wanted to do something that hasn’t been sufficiently studied by other people. With this in mind, I started studying the issue of paternalism. My focus is both philosophical and psychological, but also applying sociological methods, thereby giving me another wholly different perspective. I conducted a survey among students of five Moscow-based Universities (a sample of 300 persons), and then analyzed the data and made conclusions. I continued further and, in the following year, I conducted the same survey in St Petersburg. The methods developed by my scientific supervisor and myself helped me to accumulate research data for my graduation paper. So, after three years of research, we generated a sample of 900 people who answered our questionnaire. An article eventually appeared in the Socis journal, published by the Russian Science Academy. Publications are very important for researchers and HSE provides a lot of opportunities for research, as well as publishing results HSE – the platform for self-development in different dimensions 2013 was a year before the Olympics in Sochi and HSE became one of the universities succeeded to be the base for preparing the staff for Olympic Broadcasting Services company, which is Host Broadcaster for all the Olympics in World. I succeed to win the contest and be hired as assistant of OBS crew in Iceberg Skating Palace. I worked in Canadian OBS TV team which captured the competition of Figure Skating, and in Korean team, which captured Short Track Speed Skating competition at the Olympics. This was an important experience of job in Live Stream time, knowing that billions in world see the same at the moment you are staying near the Ice Rink or sitting in Outside Broadcast Van. It was unforgettable time, I got many friends in World. That is also important point for CV.
HSE – a platform for various types of self-development
2013 was the year right before the Winter Olympics in Sochi and HSE was one of the universities that provided a base for preparing staff of the Olympic Broadcasting Services Company (OBS), which is the host broadcaster for all Olympics held around the globe. I was able to win a contest and be hired as an assistant to the OBS crew working out of the Iceberg Skating Palace. I worked with the Canadian OBS TV team, which filmed figure skating competitions, and the Korean team, who worked on short track speed-skating events. This was a great job experience, working in real time with the knowledge that billions around the world would see the same thing while at the ice rink or in the broadcast van. I also made many friends from all around the world. I think this is a key point for my CV.
HSE – alternative approaches in play
My Bachelor’s programme was coming to the end, and I had to focus on choosing the right Master’s. The programme that interested me when I was a third-year student was ‘Political Analyses and Public Policy‘. This programme has a ‘loud’ name, which can attract attention. However, if you read further, you can understand that it is quite a bit more than it seems: students from countries, lectures in English, internship opportunities, and double degree programmes with the best universities in Europe. According to HSE’s rules, enrollment in a Master’s programme is possible not only through a regular contest, but also taking part in an Olympiad for alumni and students. As a third-year year Bachelor’s student, I decided to get ready and take part in the Olympiad. I became awardee and even received an invitation for enrollment. However, I transferred while in the fourth year of my Bachelor’s. In March 2015, I participated again and was declared a winner. So, this meant enrolment without exams.
Department of Public Policy – a unique place
Coming to HSE in September being Master student, I felt the warm atmosphere of the department. All are together here: professors and students of both years. My mates from bachelor’s say they even do not know all their guys from Master’s, they do not know second year students; at our department we all know each other and are always in cooperation. Being a member of Student Chamber I participated in organization of Non-Violence Day and Human Rights Day. Lecturers from international organizations read the lectures, other departments’ students visited us. This means we are doing something really important if people are interested. In conclusion, I would like to say that studying at HSE is not only a possibility, but a ‘must’!

Hamid Ait-El-Kaid (Morocco)

Graduate 2016

 

The opportunities offered here have no peer, neither in Russia, nor in the whole of Eurasia

       My acquaintance with HSE started even before my studies. Firstly, I participated in the winter school for prospective students in February 2014, where I studied public policy. In the first year of my studies at HSE, I participated in various activities that were aimed at strengthening my academic and research capacities, as well as promote HSE and its Department of Public Policy worldwide. Hence, I took part in the 2015 Winter School in which I moderated a team of students among other groups who discussed global problems with a particular focus on public policy. Moreover, I participated as a team leader in a workshop about the impact of civil society on policy-making in BRICS countries, which resulted in the generation of a book. Furthermore, I was a member of the Public Policy Student Council before I was elected by all first- and second-year students as its head in November 2015. The council’s main duties are conducting educational, research and extracurricular events. For example, the other members and I have organized Human Rights Day on December 10 two times since 2014. That event brought together experts, practitioners and human rights activists, working in Russia and abroad. I was the chair of the organizing committee, which managed to make the event successful with more practical sessions dedicated to finding solutions to the refugee crisis through such approaches as simulations of state-to-state negotiations. 
  During my time at HSE, I worked on expanding the University’s image worldwide through encouraging foreign students to study here. As a result, three students from Morocco participated in the Winter School in 2015, and two of them were admitted into the programme under a special quota. Moreover, fellow classmates and I presented the Master’s programme ‘Political Analysis and Public Policy’ to prospective Russian speaking students of the HSE Social Science Winter School, which was held in December 2015 in Voronovo. In addition, I invited a Moroccan professor and scholar to give an exclusive lecture through video-conferencing as part of the ‘Human Rights in Non-Western Societies’ course. This was the first academic contact between HSE and a North African scientific institution. As for my own research and internship work, I had the possibility of spending my internship at three outstanding institutions in Moscow: IMEMO RAS, the Institute of Oriental Studies RAS, and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I worked on collecting data and conducting expert interviews in addition to weekly workshops held at the department in regards to the issue of ‘protest publics’. Consequently, I successfully defended my term paper entitled ‘Protest Publics as Drivers of Political Changes in Tunisia (2010-2015)’. HSE and the ‘Political Analysis and Public Policy’ programme is a unique platform for engaging studies and high quality research. The opportunities offered here have no peer, neither in Russia, nor in the whole of Eurasia. It is an honour for me to go higher and higher!

Elena Korotkova (Russia)

Graduate 2016

 

I spent the first term of the academic year in Bologna

          I spent the first term of the academic year in Bologna, as an exchange student at Bologna University. It was extremely challenging, as the approach to study and teaching in Italy is different from Russia. For instance, some subjects were only held in the form of lectures, while others required us to read thousands of pages. So, I had to use all of my self-organization skills. However, I managed to overcome the difficulties and, for example, learnt to love the culture of the libraries there. Overall, I would say that, despite all of the small (and sometimes not so small) problems arising all the time, I will remember my exchange as one of the brightest experiences ever! In academic terms, the courses I attended will be very useful for my final thesis. Also, in order to get some practical experience in addition to academia, I'm going for an internship at an UNECE office in Geneva.
Aleksandra Kononova (Russia)

Graduate 2016

 

HSE provides students with plenty of opportunities to realize their potential as young researchers

        I would say that I acquired a full understanding of scientific research in all of its nitty-gritty particularities only after joining the HSE Master’s programme. Being a Master’s student means that you must act more like a young researcher than a student. It is not only about attending lectures, but also about carrying out scientific research under the attentive guidance of your academic advisor. Also, HSE is a research university and our Public Policy Department bestows valuable knowledge and skills on students.Furthermore, the University provides students with plenty of opportunities to realize their potential as young researchers. Studying at HSE’s Public Policy Department has given a significant impetus to my academic work. For instance, I was lucky enough to have two internships at the Moscow Carnegie Center and the British Council in Russia. It was a marvelous chance to collect empirical data for my research, as well as establish useful contacts and get a perspective of my career prospects. With this particular Master’s programme, I was able to participate in my first international academic conference (International Conference on Public Policy - http://www.icpublicpolicy.org/). There, I was able to discuss the results of my research on the influence of American think tanks on US foreign policy with respect to the Arab Spring, working with such gurus of think tank research as Kent Weaver and Diane Stone. In addition, I managed to submit an article to US Foreign Policy Analysis Journal and get the approval of its Chief Editor! As a result, I receive very detailed and positive feedback from globally recognized scholars along with the likely possibility of future publication.
Indra Prasetya Adi Nugroho (Indonesia)

Graduate 2015

 

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