Here you can read what our students say about the programme, their achievements and living experience in Moscow.
Laine Kibrom, first year Master Student (Eritrea)
After I finished my bachelor study successfully, I joined my host department to work as Graduate Assistant (GA). This position gave me the opportunity to learn the basic knowledge of scientific research besides the courses I took during my undergraduate study. That was through participating in various research studies with senior staffs. This experience helped me to find out my academic research interest.
To pursue my master study, I was looking for programs that offered quality education by highly renowned professors and that allowed students to conduct intensive research as a part of their studies independently under close supervision of professors. After I carefully read the curriculum and the course requirements of the program ‘Governance of Science, Innovation and Technology’ of HSE, I believed that it perfectly matches my research interest and profile. My main aim is to upgrade my knowledge of science, technology and innovation (STI) concepts and theoretical frameworks and apply them on the ground according to their compatibility in different situations. STI has been recognized as one of the main drivers behind productivity increases and a key long-term device for economic growth and prosperity.
My interest in scientific research coupled with the opportunities available in the program were convincing enough to join Institute of Statistical Studies and Economic Knowledge (ISSEK). These are highly renowned professors with international background, full-fledged library sources, interactive teaching process, well-structured courses along with electives that give freedom for students to choose according to their interest. Additionally, the evaluation procedure includes writing structured literature, doing group projects, participating in internship programs to enable students to engage with different agencies. Not only that, the compulsory preparation of term paper and master thesis are helpful especially to students, like me, who wish to pursue their career as scientific research academicians.
Also, there is an open opportunity for students who wish to work as research assistants/analysts on different projects with professors. This is a plus to boost the knowledge and experience required for research skill development. All in all, from the last two modules I studied in the program, I attest that all my expectations are fulfilled.
Canberk Turkec, 2nd year Master student (Turkey)
I graduated from Economics at Istanbul Commerce University. I also started to work in my bachelor. However, the most excellent opportunity for me is that to work on a project which is related to science, technology, and innovation. The purpose of the project is to estimate innovation level of TRC1 region in Turkey. It made me curious about innovation. Hereafter, I read as many as possible papers and books about innovation and tried to find some supportive opportunities in order to engage STI in practice. I saw the results of this request after graduation. I was a part of the writing of technology transfer office project for a university to apply for Istanbul Development Agency. After that, I worked on another project for a year that is related to migration and social innovation.
The experience in practice was an outstanding facility to improve me. However, I also wanted to develop myself theoretically to be a talented academician in the international area because I aim to combine the information which I learned in practice with academic knowledge. For this reason, I interested in technology and innovation programs in international universities. As a result of my deep research, I realized that National State University Higher School of Economics provides one of the best science, technology and innovation program under Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK). Besides, the rank of the university in the international ranking system impressed me.
I was fascinated by professors who are experts in their field after I started the program. Moreover, the structure of the program gains some skills on research, presentation and also deep STI knowledge. Interactive courses also play a crucial role in my development process during the first year, mainly to learn STI in practice.
Another impressive thing in the program is the interest of professors in student improvements. My supervisor was really helpful and strictly interested in supporting my improvement. I started to work with him during my term paper which is about “Big Data Analysis in Foresight”. He also let me continue to work with him as an assistant for another projects and papers. This university and department will be an essential breakpoint in my life when I realize my dreams.
Jing Cao, 2nd year Master student (China)
I studied in the MSU as an exchange student during my junior year. I had a lot of friends from HSE during my first stay in Moscow – we used to go to some conferences or events together and they were always telling me that their school is very international and cool. Then when I started to choosing master’s program I took HSE into account and put it as my priority. On the one hand, I don’t want to give up my Russian still want to practice more, on the other hand, considering my future career plan, English program is more practical and useful for me.
I really like that we go in diverse directions in our lectures or seminars. All classes or discussions with my group mates inspire me a lot and always open my mind to find some novel ideas or insights. Our program is very research based – in fact, I’ve already started working on my paper topic. Now I am working in ISSEK as an intern assisting develop the big data system of Chinese language. I do interested in AI, Big data, technology and innovation etc. and I plan to work for the think tank or technology companies/startups after master study. Even I am dreaming to launch my own project if everything prepared. In our STI program, you will learn how to foster your soft skills which are exactly useful during your future work. I am really happy with my choice.
Valentin Hippolyte Bereyziat, 2nd year Master student (France)
I strongly believe that the Masters programme will help me to achieve my future goals and career aspirations.