‘The Programme Gives Us Very Practical Knowledge’
Ziong Chung Hieu, from Vietnam, is the first year student of the ‘Economics and Politics in Asia’ Double Degree BA Programme which offers students a unique opportunity to pursue two degrees, one from HSE and one from Kyung Hee University. He originally enrolled in HSE’s Mathematics programme last year but soon realized that mathematics was not really close to his heart. Now, after switching majors, he is happy with his choice.
Ziong Chung Hieu was particularly attracted to the programme because he wanted to combine the study of Korean language and business and the programme offered this very option. ‘I didn’t know Korean before joining the programme so it’s quite a challenge for me to learn a new language. I have chosen this programme because of the opportunities that this programme gives to the students. Double diploma option guarantees that after graduation I can get two certificates of two different universities after only four years of studying.’
The biggest benefit of studying in HSE Moscow is the city itself. As there are a lot people from different countries and nationalities in Moscow, it is really fascinating to live here
As Ziong Chung Hieu notes, this gives students the opportunity to know other cultures better and to share their own. ‘Our programme is no different in that. Everyone is very nice and very curious about my background and at the same time they are ready to talk about themselves.’
‘What’s more, I like the city a lot,’ he adds. His favorite places are Park Kultury, Tretyakovskaya Gallery, Tverskaya Square, and VDNH. ‘What’s important for such a big city, Moscow’s transportation system, the underground in particular, is so fast that you can get to almost every place in Moscow quickly and cheaply.’ All students get a subsidized transport card that allows to save on transportation.
According to Hieu, the most interesting subject for him this year has been the Introduction to Political Science. ‘I really liked how teacher of this subject taught it. Ksenia Andruschenko managed to make this subject interesting, even though I did not like at first.’
‘When the 2nd semester started, the new subject appeared which is the most difficult for me— International Relations. This subject has a lot of theory that is a bit complicated for me to understand thoroughly. However, I try to cover it by reading our coursebook and extra literature, for example, Morgenthau's "Six Principles of Political Realism".’
‘I can say that the programme gives us very practical knowledge, which is great.'
The most interesting thing for me is quite a small number of students in the same year. This way, almost everyone knows each other, which makes the atmosphere very friendly, despite the competition for the top places on the student ranking
There is, however, one challenging aspect for Hieu and that is the small number of boys in Korean groups. ‘There are only 5 boys including myself, and somehow four of them are in one of Korean groups, while I am in a different one.’
Looking into Future
‘For the students who are choosing a university, I would recommend to start thinking about their future plans. It is essential to make it clear to yourself what you want from yourself and for yourself.’
Hieu’s future plan is to live in Korea and work there. He is convinced that Economics and Politics in Asia programme can help him achieve his goals. ‘I would like to be part of managing staff in business, as later on I can use that knowledge and experience to open my own business in my country, Vietnam.’
The Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA) has accredited two HSE – St. Petersburg programmes in political science: the Bachelor’s Programme ‘Political Science and World Politics’ and the Master’s Programme ‘Comparative Politics of Eurasia’. The accreditation, which lasts six years without additional conditions, affirms that the programmes meet international education quality standards.
Is it possible to learn the Russian language perfectly in a year? Why management is more interesting than physics? What makes Russia an attractive study destination? HSE News Service has talked to Guillerme Gerotto, a second-year undergraduate student from Brazil studying Business Administration at HSE University, about these and other questions.
HSE Expands Offerings in Asian Studies with Opening of Joint Department with RAS Institute of Oriental Studies
HSE has been offering courses in Asian Studies for 10 years now with numerous departments and programmes producing research in the field and offering in-depth courses. In December 2019, the HSE Academic Council approved the opening of a Joint Department with the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IOS RAS). How will the IOS RAS transfer its vast experience and resource to its new home at HSE? And what traditions in the study and teaching of Asian studies already exist at HSE?
The master’s programme in Governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation offered by HSE ISSEK aims to equip students with skills that are in short supply in the private and public sectors. Courses and internship work give students a global perspective on science, technology, and innovation in addition to showing them how to be effective managers and conduct evidence-based assessment. Students also have the option of pursuing a double degree with a partner university in Europe and Asia. Francisco Jose Contreras Alarcon (Chile) and Ilaria Billo (Italy) share their experiences working towards double degrees in the programme.
In 2018, MIEM became HSE University’s first department to officially introduce project work to its curriculum. Students choose their projects in September and present them in poster form in January. The January poster session serves as an interim evaluation mechanism before student present their final versions of their projects before an expert jury in May and June.
In 2019, HSE University opened a Faculty of Chemistry, which offers a new bachelor’s programme in Chemistry. The Faculty of Urban and Regional Development, meanwhile, has opened a new bachelor’s programme in Urban Planning. Students of the programmes’ first cohorts and their advisors spoke with HSE News Service about their first semester of study.
In cooperation with the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), HSE University will now offer a bachelor’s degree in Geography of Global Transformation and Geoinformation Technology. Olga Solomina, the new undergraduate programme’s Academic Supervisor, and Nikolay Kurichev, Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technology, discuss the programme’s curriculum and the exciting opportunities that await new students.
Students of the HSE and University of London Parallel Degree Programme in International Relations earned some of the highest scores worldwide on the exams that the University of London administers at its foreign partner universities.
International students who are interested in applying to a bachelor’s or master’s programme at HSE University for Fall 2020 may now do so online.
Graduates of HSE University’s International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) traditionally receive their degrees against a backdrop of grand fireplaces, an oak staircase, and a balcony overlooking the Kremlin. This is because the ICEF holds its commencement ceremony at the British ambassador’s residence on the Sofiyskaya Embankment. And this is not by accident. Graduates of the ICEF’s bachelor’s programme receive two degrees from HSE and the University of London, respectively, while graduates of the ICEF’s Master’s Programme in ‘Financial Economics’ receive a degree from HSE and the London School of Economics. This year marked the ICEF’s 19th commencement ceremony.