Impressions from First-Year Students on the Program
The 3rd module marks the start of offline classes for HSE students. For many of our 1st year master’s students it is an opportunity to meet their peers and Professors, get acquainted with the university campus and explore Moscow. They told us about their online experience of the 1st semester and shared their expectations for the future.
First-year students from the Master’s Program in Political Analysis and Public Policy have just come back to —mostly offline— lessons earlier this month. Last modules were primarily focused on setting the basis for the program, with enriching courses regarding modern politics, conflict resolution, Human Rights and public policy fundamentals, among others. Although conducted fully online due to the epidemiological situation in Moscow, the students were able to work in teams for projects, presentations and, in general, to get to know each other, their areas of interest, as well as selecting further research topics with the help of highly qualified professors.
Furthermore, students come from diverse backgrounds and territories, bringing an international and intercultural perspective to the program. More than forty young professionals, coming from different regions within Russia, East Europe, the Caucasus, China, Southeast Asia, North and South America and Africa, have been able to interact in a dynamic and challenging environment, with the purpose of specializing in Public Policy and Human Rights.
In the voices of our students, Valentina from Russia, affirms to be enjoying the studying process a lot, because...
Classes are conducted in a comfortable manner and with perfect time management, especially in the second half of the year, allowing you to combine rest and study and to achieve the right balance of making an effort and gaining knowledge
1st year student
She was born and raised in Moscow, hence this academic track was an opportunity for her to be back home, after her undergraduate studies in London.
For international students, such as Marcelo from Paraguay, the experience is both fruitful, in terms of learning and education, as well as difficult, mainly due to the adaptation process to a whole new system. Nevertheless, he is confident about his decision, as he gets support from his peers. “Thanks to my classmates I am achieving my goal because we help each other every day.” —he mentioned. Marcelo also takes advantage of Moscow, as he thinks “studying in such a historical place is exciting. I learn here every day about language, cultures, history, religion and even about myself, because it’s the first time that I am living away from my family and friends.”
I am going to put all my efforts to obtain my degree and to make my parents proud, because thanks to them and the education they gave me, I am able to take on these kinds of challenges!
Marcelo De Beitia
1st year student
Also, Mary Clara from Ghana commented that the program “took off at a much intense rate”, especially regarding online seminars, lectures and group discussions, which were quite a challenge for her, due to power fluctuations and network instability in her home city. Currently settled in Moscow, she is more comfortable to study both offline or online. On the other hand, she is having some difficulties getting used to Moscow’s winter, but she has quickly developed a quote for herself “never bad weather when there are warm clothes”—and we can’t agree more.
I appreciate the fact that HSE generally fosters guided learning and research. With an experience such as this, I can take any career or research path confidently
Mary Clara Wood
1st year student
Now, students are looking forward to continuing their studies, developing their research projects and seizing the opportunities of the program and life in Russia’s capital.
Written by Rebeca Olascoaga
Liberally translated by Valentina Voronina