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HSE University Graduates Share Their Thoughts on Working Abroad

HSE University Graduates Share Their Thoughts on Working Abroad

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At a recent webinar of the Master’s programme ‘Financial Economics’, held at ICEF (International College of Economics and Finance), presenters explained why the programme is unique and what sort of career prospects are open to alumni. Graduates of the programme, working at major global companies, shared their personal experiences, spoke about the key benefits of training and gave valuable advice to those preparing to work in international companies.

The webinar ‘How to successfully build an international career in finance’ opened with a speech by Anna Yurko, Deputy Academic Supervisor of the ‘Financial Economics’ programme and full-time Associate Professor of Economics at HSE University in Moscow. Anna has a PhD from the University of Texas in Austin, actively cooperates with the international academic community and has been published in many leading international journals, including the European Economic Review, the International Journal of Industrial Organization and Labor Economics. This experience enables her to give an honest appraisal of the ICEF’s Master’s programme and compare it with programmes available at other leading institutions, offering knowledge in economics and finance at a global level.

Anna spoke about the benefits of studying on the programme and about the practices of the London School of Economics (LSE), which have been successfully applied at ICEF, including new formats for assessment. Since 2017, the ‘Financial Economics’ programme has also provided students with the opportunity to obtain a double degree (HSE University + LUISS University in Rome). In addition, there are many opportunities for student exchange, since ICEF cooperates with leading universities around the world.

Artem Tokarenko, programme graduate, analyst at Credit Suisse (London)

Artem Tokarenko, programme graduate, analyst at Credit Suisse (London)

Choosing a Master’s course was not easy for me. But I can now clearly highlight a few aspects that led me to choose ICEF. First, I was impressed by the teachers' attitude towards students and their involvement in our lives. For example, Maxim Nikitin spent a lot of time listening to all my doubts and weighing up all the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ in relation to my future career. The second factor is establishing the ideal balance between practical and theoretical subjects in the curriculum, so that after graduation, you can continue studying for a PhD or build a career in industry. The third factor is that you study in English and under the guidance of LSE, one of the best economic schools in the world. Thanks to the success of its graduates, the ICEF programme is well regarded among companies and universities around the world; its reputation plays an important role in your success and adds a certain weight to your CV. The last factor is the people you study with and who motivate you. In London’s professional environment, I often run into ICEF alumni, and that says a lot.

The following programme graduates gave presentations at the webinar:

  • Vladimir Malygin, Quantitative Analyst at Aegon Investment Management (CIO Unit in The Netherlands)
  • Vladislav Glazov, Regulatory Quant Team Consultant, PwC (Germany)
  • Artem Tokarenko, Stock Market Analyst at Credit Suisse (London)

As representatives of the industry, these graduates emphasised the importance of the programme in terms of disciplines and practical relevance. These successful IB and Consulting professionals gave valuable advice to students looking to build a career abroad, with the ‘Financial Economics’ programme providing an internationally recognised qualification.

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