‘In the Future, I Would Like to Become an HSE University Teacher’
Karina Kuzhanova, third-year student at the Faculty of Law, and Anna Yatsenko, second-year student at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, moved to Moscow from Kazakhstan to study at HSE University. They shared their impressions of studies and student life with the HSE News Service, as well as talking about some of the most inspirational things in the Russian capital.
Karina Kuzhanova, Satbayev
I came to Moscow from the Karaganda Region. I had completed my second year in the Law programme, and decided to apply to HSE University, since I had the opportunity to participate in the Global Scholarship Competition (GSC). It was interesting to try something new: the assignments in the competition are unusual and exciting. I was already studying at a university in Kazakhstan, but when I heard that a victory in the GSC would allow me to study in Russia for free, I decided to go to switch.
I found HSE University attractive thanks to its flexible individual curriculum, which allows us to choose our own study trajectory. The minors offer an opportunity to develop our cognitive skills and even try a subject that is different from our main specialisation. For example, I’m studying law, but also I study political philosophy. I love this concept of a wide and varied choice of disciplines.
When I was looking at undergraduate programmes, I decided that studying Law would provide me with a wide range of career opportunities, and allow me to become a successful professional after graduating from HSE University.
I believe that at HSE University, we are getting the best knowledge thanks to the renowned teachers who work at our faculty
Students of the Faculty of Law also have an opportunity to become teaching assistants. I took advantage of this and became a tutor for the research project ‘Foundations of Critical Theory’. I also work as a teaching assistant, and in addition, am involved in research (I write papers and participate in different research projects).
Speaking about everyday life in Russia, I can only say that Moscow is amazing. Life here is very different from that in my hometown, since it is very small, but here in the Russian capital, there is a lot of movement, a lot of people who you can meet and the potential for so many experiences. I am also very inspired by the architecture in Moscow.
After graduation, I would like to apply for a master’s programme at HSE University and in the future, to become an HSE University teacher.
Anna Yatsenko, Almaty
HSE University is one of the few internationally acknowledged Russian universities, despite how young it is. This is what first attracted my attention. In addition, as a prospective student I was looking at undergraduate programmes and thinking about the career opportunities they offer. That’s when I realized that an HSE degree is very well recognized on the job market: it was an essential university choice criterion for me.
This year, I completed my first year of Economics and Statistics. Why this programme? I was deciding between this one and Economics. The latter seemed comprehensive but a little abstract to me, so I went for the former. On our programme, we take a statistical approach to economic studies. In the future, I would love to work in consulting or insurance.
I really enjoy studying at HSE University. Despite the fact that I had to study remotely for the whole first year, everything was organized very well, especially if I compare our conditions with what my friends faced at other universities. They were constantly complaining that their remote studies were not organized properly. I had similar problems at the beginning of the year, but they were eliminated almost immediately, and I continued my online studies in a very comfortable way.
What I like most about HSE University is the teacher/student communication: the teachers are truly interested in giving us more, in meeting our desire for knowledge
I’ve had some very positive experiences of communication with my academic supervisor. When I was writing my term paper, I had a lot of questions related to the project, the paper design, data collection etc. My academic supervisor always provided prompt responses to all my questions and helped me enomously, which I really appreciate.
In addition to my studies, I also participate in other aspects of student life, and I am part of the international students’ volunteer force. Currently, I am on a short internship there: I assist at the admissions office, make phone calls to prospective students and help with on-site exam organization. I love being not just a student, but developing the HSE community in many ways, it feels amazing.
Living in Moscow is great, and I love everything about it. It is a big dynamic city that gives you a lot of energy. I look at people here, how they talk, how they discuss their work, and I want to become such a person as well; someone who talks with passion about their work and the projects they are involved with. I believe it is great that everyone tries to grow in Moscow, and when you are in such an environment, you start developing as well.
When I compare everyday lives, I don’t see a lot of difference between Almaty and Moscow. My home city is Kazakhstan’s biggest city, but I can definitely say that the infrastructure works very well here. The whole transportation system in the Russian capital is just awesome.
‘Philosophy Isn’t Taught in School. You Have to Gain the Knowledge and Systematize It Yourself’
Amiran Karatsev won the 2020 HSE Global Scholarship Competition (GSC) in Tajikistan in subjects that are not usually taught in high school: philosophy and psychology. Amiran spoke to HSE News Service about the advantages of participating in person, why some of the Competition tasks have no correct answer, and how to not only effectively prepare for it, but have fun while doing it. Let’s prepare for the 2021 GSC together with 2020 winners!
‘More Competition Gives You Greater Incentive to Prove to Yourself that You Are a Worthy Competitor’
Arina Smirnova (Kyrgyzstan) knows like no other what it is like to start all over again and achieve her goals in spite of everything. Arina won the HSE Global Scholarship Competition (GSC) for the first time in 2017 and then outperformed herself three years later. Arina spoke with HSE News Service about how to choose a competition subject that’s right for you, how to prepare for moving to another country and, most importantly, how to not lose faith in yourself. Let’s get ready for GSC 2021 with the winners of 2020!
International Spring School on Human Rights Debates Issues of Religion, Identity and Freedom of Conscience
In May, the HSE Voronovo Learning Centre hosted the International Spring School on Human Rights, a five-day educational retreat organized jointly by the HSE Department of Public Policy, the University of Bologna and the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
HSE Becomes Member of Erasmus Student Network
HSE’s volunteer organisation, which is made up of student ‘buddies’ who help foreign students adapt to life in Russia, has become a part of the Erasmus Student Network.
Studying Software Engineering at HSE
The Master’s programme in System and Software Engineering aims to provide students an opportunity not only to acquire the knowledge and experience they need in their chosen profession, but also to help them generate a systemic view on bringing resolutions to the difficult professional challenges they are certain to face in the future. Academic Supervisor Dmitry Alexandrov talks about programme features and international students share their experience of living and studying in Moscow.
Dutch Student Investigates Languages of the Caucasus
Samira Verhees, a Ghent University alumna and doctoral student at the HSE School of Linguistics, spoke about her Caucasian studies.
Students Come from Far and Wide to Study Big Data Systems
The Master’s programme in Big Data Systems at the Higher School of Economics focuses on the value aspect of big data for large enterprises and the implementation of big data technology in enterprises. Two current students of the programme share their thoughts about what drew them to HSE to study big data, what they hope to gain from the programme and what advice they would give to prospective international students.
French Delegation Visits School of Business Informatics to Discuss Cooperation in Big Data Studies
In March 2016, the School of Business Informatics (Faculty of Business and Management) at HSE was visited by a delegation from France’s University of Évry; in late 2015, a student exchange agreement was signed between HSE and this university. The delegation brought 19 students from the Master’s programmes in the field of big data at the University of Évry to Moscow.
Spring School Provides Italian Students Intense Exposure to Russian Culture
‘Texts and Places: Introduction to Russian History, Language and Culture’ (I testi dei luoghi: introduzione alla storia, alla cultura e alla lingua russa), an international Spring School at HSE organized jointly by Julia Ivanova, leading research fellow at the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, and the University of Eastern Piedmont Amedeo Avogadro, took place from March 15 to 23.
American Student Does Mathematical Research at HSE
Nicholas Howell is a PhD student at University of Oregon. He came to HSE Faculty of Mathematics on the invitation of his research advisor Vadim Vologodsky to do research during two months. In his interview Nick talks about his time in Moscow.