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The HSE Association of Students and Alumni of the CIS and Baltic Countries is expanding its presence and is currently transforming into the International Student Association. The Association invites all foreign students to join, not only those from CIS countries, but from the non-CIS as well. Below, the Association’s Chairperson, Tatyana Egai, and Deputy Chairman Alexei Belov, tell us what the Association is currently involved in.
Each year, numerous students from around the world come to study at HSE, both for entire programmes or for shorter periods. Yao Fan, a Chinese student who is based at the University of Sydney, is spending this semester studying philosophy and psychology at HSE before returning to Australia to complete his Honours study and pursue an academic career.
On 4th December the International Students Office at HSE Moscow held the first Cultural Cafe evening, a project to broaden cultural exchange between HSE students from different countries. A similar initative was launched at HSE Nizhny Novgorod earlier this year. It’s all taking place in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Students from Ghana, Indonesia, China, Nigeria and Uganda made their presentations at the first event and talked about different aspects and traditions of culture in their countries from historical facts to national dishes.
Wanda Umagapi and Isa Muhammed from Indonesia have come to HSE in order to study on the English-taught master’s programme in Political Analysis and Public Policy. They hope to learn how to deal with major issues in their country. In an interview with online student magazine ReadSquare they share their experience of living and studying in Russia.
Jon Rawski came to HSE last year to study in the Master's programme Cognitive Sciences and Technologies: From Neuron to Cognition. He finds the programme, which is taught in English, to be quite satisfying because it is new – it was launched in September 2014 – and is filled with fresh ideas. The programme brings together a talented group of researchers who enjoy a considerable level of support from the university.
Lukas Geyer, a free-mover student from the University of Bayreuth in Germany, is currently studying in the Bachelor’s programme in Economics at HSE St. Petersburg. Lukas recently spoke to the HSE news service about his studies and connections to Russian culture.
International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) MA graduate Maria Titova will this year continue her studies at the University of California, San Diego (US), where she will study for a PhD in Economics. Maria has received an offer of studying, fully funded, on 8 different PhD programmes in the United States and Great Britain, including University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Rochester, Boston University, Boston College, Pennsylvania State University, Washington University in Saint-Louis, University College London, and the Vienna Graduate School of Economics.
Maxim Brodovsky, a graduate of HSE’s Faculty of Management, now the Faculty of Business and Management, currently works as the Director of the hotels Holiday Inn Moscow – Lesnaya and Holiday Inn Moscow – Suschevsky. In an interview with HSE, Brodovsky talks about students in the Experience Economy: Hospitality and Tourism Management programme, the perks of working in a hotel, and the future of the hotel business in Russia.
Brazilian student Vicente Giaccaglini Ferraro has been interested in Russia since childhood, when he started learning Russian on his own. He is now studying in the Higher School of Economics’ Applied Politics master’s programme. In an interview with the HSE News Service, Vicente discusses what drew him towards Russia, why he chose HSE, and why he is happy when it is cold.