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Student from Morocco: from Winter School to HSE Master's Program

Hamid Ait-El-Kaid is a second-year student from Morocco of the Master's programme in Political Analysis and Public Policy. His first exposure to HSE took place during a Winter School for prospective students in February 2014. After learning about the Public Policy programme, he decided to apply to HSE.

After completing his first year, Hamid took part in the 2015 Winter School where he joined his fellow students in the Public Policy programme and gave presentations to potential applicants. He also served as a moderator for a team of students who discussed global problems using public policy techniques. Apart from the winter school, Hamid took part in a workshop dedicated to Civil Society Impact on Policy Making in BRICS Countries as one of the team leaders; the results of this workshop were summed up in a book published in December 2015. Finally, he has worked to help the programme build ties with North African scholars by inviting a Moroccan professor to give a video lecture for the course ‘Human Rights in Non-Western Societies’. 

Talking about his research, Hamid says that he ‘had the opportunity to complete an internship at three outstanding institutions: IMEMO RAS, Institute of Oriental Studies RAS, and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs where I conducted two expert interviews. The data collected and the interviews conducted at these institutions – in addition to extracurricular weekly workshops on the theme of protest publics – helped me to successfully defend my term paper entitled “Protest Publics as Drivers of Political Changes in Tunisia (2010-2015)”’.

In addition to research and studies, Hamid has been actively involved in HSE student life. ‘I was a member of the Public Policy Student Council before I was elected by all first- and second-year students as the head of the Council in November 2015. We have run several events at our department. For example, I helped organize the Human Rights Day on December 10 twice already. This event brings together experts, practitioners and human rights activists from Russia and abroad. This year, I was the chair of the organizing committee. We made the event successful by introducing more practical sessions devoted to finding solutions to the refugee crisis through simulation of state negotiations’.

Hamid is convinced that ‘HSE and the programme in Political Analysis and Public Policy is a unique opportunity unrivalled in Russia or even Eurasia’.

Photo: Stas Mikrukov/ReadSquare

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