Indonesian Student Chooses HSE to Pursue Entrepreneurial Dream
For Sebastian Billy Anggara, a 20-year-old student from Kediri, Indonesia, coming to HSE to study has been like a dream come true. After learning about HSE from his older brother, who is studying international relations in the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, he decided to apply to the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design to do a Bachelor’s in Advertising and Public Relations. Since the programme is taught in Russian, he will first study at HSE’s Preparatory Year to master the language.
With the full support of his parents, Sebastian Billy initially worked with the Russian Centre for Science & Culture in Jakarta to submit a motivation letter and abstract, take the admissions test and complete the interview process, which he said was intimidating at first but was a positive experience overall.
‘I made a lot of revisions before I submitted my abstract and motivation letter directly to Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Jakarta. After they checked my files, they offered to interview me’, he said. ‘On the interview day, I saw a lot people who wanted to attend HSE. When I entered the interview room, I felt very nervous. In my town, we almost never see people from another country, so I had never spoken with foreign people. My lucky time came, and I met with the HSE International Admissions representative, Ekaterina Sintsova. I told how I really wanted to attend HSE. Fortunately, they made me feel really confident. I was able to explain my abstract and answer all questions’.
Following his studies, Sebastian Billy hopes to put his knowledge of advertising and public relations to use as an entrepreneur, including by rebuilding an online motorcycle taxi business he started with three of his friends last year. Living in a small town where public transportation does not meet the needs of residents, his company aims to use social media as a platform where motorcyclists can make money by picking up passengers and making deliveries. Eventually, however, competitors entered the market, which affected the company’s profitability.
‘Today, the situation has become more difficult’, he says, speaking of the challenges resulting from increased competition. ‘I learned a lot about relationships and trust. I am coming to Russia to gain knowledge to rebuild my business. I hope that I’ll be able to apply what I learn and take advantage of it in a new era’.
Before starting his Bachelor’s programme, Sebastian needs to study Russian, which is why he has enrolled in the HSE Preparatory Year Programme on a Russian government scholarship. ‘The first words I learned in Russian were ‘yes’, ‘no’, and ‘thank you’. My friends help me to speak Russian. I can say that I’m trying hard to learn the language and the teachers in the Preparatory Year help me a lot. I like the lessons we have’.
Sebastian says that he is happy to be in Moscow because he entered one of the biggest universities in Russia. He is living at the HSE dormitory, which he finds quite comfortable. ‘My roommates are very nice people. I am happy with the atmosphere. While the dormitory is not very close to academic buildings, I have managed to learn the metro system and can now use it on my own. My friends have helped me settle in – I especially appreciated their advice on winter coats. I’ve also found that Russian people are very helpful and friendly. And I’ve started to try Russian food – pelmeni, for instance, and Russian bread – it’s very tasty’.
Sebastian Billy recommends other young people consider studying abroad. ‘For small-town people, study abroad is a dream’, he says, ‘but now I feel I will realize my dream. To all international young people who are thinking of going abroad, be brave don't be afraid! This is my first experience and I can say that I’m really enjoying it.’
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'In fact, the Russian language is very logical and my task is to disclose this to my students', says Alevtina Iagodova who has been teaching Russian for over 20 years. At HSE University – St. Petersburg she gives Russian classes to exchange students, organizes a language club, and promotes the Russian culture awareness among foreigners. Recently, she has been invited by the University of Indonesia to lead a workshop in order to share her knowledge and experience of teaching Russian as a foreign language with the local colleagues.
The high quality of HSE’s Bachelor programme has been recognised by experts on the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the headquarters of which are located in the U.S. For more than 85 years, ABET has been accrediting college and university programmes in the applied and natural sciences, computing, engineering and engineering technology. HSE’s Software Engineering programme is the only one in Russia to have received this accreditation.
Graduates of the Faculty of Mathematics at HSE, Andrey Ionov and Lera Starichkova, who have since enrolled in educational programmes at leading international universities, spoke about their love for mathematics, the level of the Bachelor programme at HSE, and admission to foreign PhD programmes.
Last year, Vadim Drobinin graduated from the bachelor programme ‘Software Engineering’. Now, he works in London for an ambitious startup which promises to revolutionise the common internet search. Not the stereotype of the introverted programmer who writes code all night long, Vadim travels frequently, writes a recipe blog, teaches, and gives presentations at conferences all around the world.
Lecture Series Explores Communicative Supertypes, Russian as a Reality-Oriented Language, and Language & Culture
On March 19 and 22, Per Durst-Andersen, professor in the Department of Management, Society and Communication at Copenhagen Business School, gave three lectures at the Higher School of Economics on topics that fall under his current research interests, which focus largely on cognitive linguistics; communicative and linguistic typology; language, culture and identity; semiotics; and the philosophy of science. A well-known expert in cross-cultural pragmatics and specialist in business communication, Professor Durst-Andersen delivered the lectures as part of the ‘Language in the Universe of Culture: Russian Communicative Style’ course.
HSE and University of London Create a New Bachelor’s Parallel Degree Programme in Management and Digital Innovation
The first intake into the English-taught programme will be in 2018. The programme director, Sergey Efremov, gives us an insight into what students will be studying and where they can find work – not only in IT companies, but also in banks, industry and retail.
Preparatory Year at HSE aims to help students learn the Russian language in order to subsequently apply to Russian-taught Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes at HSE or other Russian universities. Two recent graduates of the programme share their impressions.
December is one of the two months during the year when students can transfer to HSE from other academic institutions. To facilitate this process, HSE has introduced an online service for those seeking a transfer.
In 2018, the Higher School of Economics will launch an English-taught double degree programme in partnership with the University of London in Applied Data Analysis. Graduates will be awarded an undergraduate degree from HSE in Applied Mathematics and Information Science and a Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics from the University of London. International applicants are invited to apply online starting November 15, 2017.
On November 15, international student admissions for undergraduate and Master’s programmes opened. This year, prospective students can apply to two programmes simultaneously. They’ll be able to track the application process online in their personal profile on the HSE website where they will receive notifications on the stages of their application’s review and decisions by the admissions committee. The documents for visa invitation can also be submitted there.