Nina Y. Belyaeva's addresses the Students and Graduates
Belyaeva Nina Y. - Professor, PhD in Law, Department head of "Political Analysis and Public Policy" and just an integral part of our master's program from its foundation, has made an important announcement.
Dear students and graduates!
Hope you manage to develop your careers and keep contact with each other.
I have been recieving several letters about the status and future of our Program on Political Analysis and Public Policy, so I decided to share what is happening with all of you.
For a year there have been talks about a ‘big merge’ of Master Programs throughout all HSE to create bigger MA Programs, but it should be the subject of many academic and organizational discussions. The latest message in February was that next academic year all MA Programs at Faculty of Social Sciences will exist separately.But in March situation changed and I was told, that the decision was made on the Rectorate level to close our track on Human Rights and Democratic Government. I connect this decision with external environment.
Among the latest decisions, Political Analysis and Public Policy was withdrawn from the list of the Master Programs, which are offered for application on this enrollment campaign. However, a part of the Public Policy specialization will be included as a track of the new bigger Master Program, where all three MA’s taught in English will be merged into one program - on the basis of the “Politics.Economics.Philosophy”.
With the closure of our Program I have had to come to a painful decision - to resign. I will formally leave HSE right after the Thesis defense 6-10 June. Needless to say how painful this decision is for me, after spending 22 (!) years building this Program.
Despite all obstacles and factors, I have a strong feeling of accomplishment: in difficult external environment we had existed for 16 years, having approximately 500 graduates from more than 30 countries, half of them - with Human Rights specialization. We were one of the first Programs taught fully in English with intense international exchange. What is more, we stared the practice of Summer Schools, developed traditions like Student initiative and Human Rights weeks. We also created a community of alumni who helped students to find exiting internships.
It would be a great tribute to the Program, if you share some warm memories about Program’s multiple activities, and how our Program helped you in your career, or just changed your vision on Public Policy and Human Rights. I remember every single one of you and it would be my pleasure to share your professional victories and accomplishments with you!
I am deeply convinced, that we will overcome all obstacles and there will come a day, when Human Rights are taught in every school all over the world and everyone will have a chance to contribute to freedom and common good. And I am more than certain that you will be among those who will make this a reality!
Sincerely and truly yours,
prof. Nina Belyaeva