Public Policy Department Winter School 2016
Public Policy Department Winter School 2016 was as usual a great avenue to meet prospective students, share with them all the interesting academic and non-formal activities in the department. The two days power-packed and intensive activity of teaching and learning will be an unforgettable experience for the all the prospective students as the various professors from the department presented various topics to them.
On the very first day the students arrived late in the evening over this wonderful Winter School organized by the Faculty of Social Sciences of Higher school of Economics and as per the different disciplines being projected to the prospective students of the Social Sciences, many students registered for the Public Policy program too and had been transported along with the other prospective students in the learning Center of HSE in Voronovo, a place with high standard of infrastructure and great care to participate in the three days of intensive introduction about the discipline and the knowledge that they gain shall be showed by doing a policy discussion presentation among the leading Professors of the HSE.
The very first day started by the introductory and welcoming lecture of Prof A.Y. Melville the Dean of our Faculty of Social Sciences who spoke at length regarding the great opportunity that HSE provides to the student from all over Russia and abroad to study and gain the knowledge not only in the traditional university mode but also to work jointly with their Professors on different scientific research project in more than twenty laboratories.
The formal learning schedule starts lecture presentation and interaction started with Prof. Dmitry Zaytsev on Public Policy Research: State of Art and New Frontiers for Policy-Making . Prof Zaytsev was kind to provide the very basic understanding to the students regardin the subject and encouraged the students to ask many questions regarding the program and the department. followed by Prof. Sergey Parkhomenko’s lecture on the issue of Anti–Corruption policy mechanisms. Prof Victor Elbert was very detailed in his analysis on the subject of the multiple aspects in the policy formation and the students really enjoyed his lecture. The coordination and the hands on informal approach of Prof Sanjay Rajhans who has always been available with the informal approach and working with the students till late in the evening for their projects was very much appreciated by the prospective students.
The smiles, contributions and questions for clarification on the side of the new applicants was a clear sign of how well embedded the interaction had gone with the students. All along Prof. Sanjay was all round available for side by side contribution even during the breakfast, lunch and coffee break. Current student of the department also offered guideline on the assignment and towards their final day presentation.
On the Second day of the winter school the prospective students had the insightful discussion preceded by the lecture on Global Governance and Policy Making class by Prof. Rajhans. All the students were very proactive and were busy taking notes on the issues, They were very interactive asking questions and eager to know more about world policies after finishing the presentations.The subject of policy formation and its change even on the internal political climate is so significantly influenced by the external factor was so well discussed after the lecture over lunch among the students.
In the coffee break we had a chance to meet with the students in an informal way, and we answered their questions about our department in general. All of them were very curious about the program and about our classes and future prosperities. After the break we had a 30 minutes long presentation on the program. We introduced them the academics of the department and their classes, we explained the 2 tracks of the program, which are policy analysis and human rights and democratic governance. Then we were talking about extra-curriculum activities such as the human rights day, Africa day etc.
Afterwards we showed them pictures of the first and second year students to make them comfortable and we answered their informal questions as well. They were curious about the division between Russian and international students in the class and asked us about our experiences as international students studying with Russian students. The prospective Russian students were curious about the language barriers concerning the studies and then about the socialization with non- Russian speakers in the department.
After all these questions and informal talks with them they became more comfortable with us and we make them understood, that studying in English can be a good academic challenge for them.
After the lunch break we had the chance to see their previous work on the Migration issue and the Brexit and the future policy path for the leadership both in UK as well as in EU.
They have already divided the presentation and came up with their own parts. First we collected more data on the case and then we outlined the most important aspects of a good presentation for them. After that we created the presentation altogether. At this point they were still shy working together since the group was brand new and they had to present their job for all the other prospective students of the winter school and their future professors. During the work we convinced them about the importance of group work and that means they should all present their part in the job, as they did later on.
After the last coffee break finally it was the time for presentation, our students were all nervous but we made them feel comfortable and relaxed before their appearance. All the other presentations were in Russian, that fact made them more proud of what they prepared.
During the presentation they introduced the main facts to the audience on the Brexit. They evaluated the migration issue from both perspectives such as the point of view of pro and con Brexiters. The most important part of the job were the post Brexit questions such as the future problems and solution concerning migration and labor force between the EU and the UK.
They were talking about the future of the EU and immigrants in the larger context of the Migration policy dynamics inside EU as well as the large flow of migrants in the recent years with from Middle east and the policy cleavage in the EU structure regarding the same. But they focused on the BREXIT as a case study on this subject. After the presentations they very well answered all the questions concerning the topic raised by the Jury and everybody appreciated the presentation for being in English with articulation and grounded with facts.
From our point of view it was a very proactive and intense for two days and a half and all 5 of them managed to get familiar with the department and our learning process, which is filled with presentations and group works.
The students were asked many a questions after the presentation and they answered them with great detail and consistency. It was so pleasant to see the work of the students who did not know each other before the beginning of this Winter school to work so wonderfully as a team and do a very bright presentation.
The students were finally awarded the certificate by the jury consisted of Prof Urnov, Prof Akhremenko and Prof Rajhans . For conclusion it was a very nice experience to be with the prospective students since all of them were very enthusiastic and smart and we think that they will make a good next generation for the HSE Public Policy department.
Contributions: Selin Turan 1st Masters Public Policy programm
Tamas Kis 2nd Masters Public Policy programm
Benjamin Odame 2nd Masters Public Policy programm