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This master's programme aims to train experts in the business, political structure, and socio-economic development of East Asia. These experts will possess skills in political and economic analysis, as well as professional knowledge in the history and culture of the respective countries.
Due to the growing demand for high-quality expertise in Asia, these experts are highly sought after in both the public sector and private businesses.
You will graduate from the programme as an informed specialist with highly professional knowledge and a deep understanding of many issues in Asian politics, economics and business. As a result of the programme, students will be able to:
understand the basics of the methodology for analysing, evaluating and forecasting political processes, economic and national-specific risks in modern Asia;
learn to communicate with the political and financial elites of Asia;
study the basics of Asian business, entrepreneurship, management, investments, trade, economic and political cooperation;
understand the strategy of promoting their interests in Asian markets, bringing foreign projects to Asia, and establishing multilateral Euro-Asian cooperation in politics and business connections;
learn to protect their interests when working in Asian markets, including intellectual property rights, patents, trademarks, and technological secrets;
develop skills in building relationships between Asian, Russian and European partners, to understand the negotiation process, due diligences and compliance;
understand the impact of historical past, national ideas, and international relations on the modern development of Asia.
1. Internship abroad
The programme is carried out in close cooperation with a number of foreign universities at which students can do an internship:
Beijing Normal University (Beijing, China)
London School of Public Relations (Indonesia)
Hong Kong City University
Ca'Foscari University (Italy)
Sheffield University (Great Britain)
2. In-depth study of foreign languages
As elective courses, the programme offers intensive advanced training in spoken and written modern Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic languages (by request).
3. Stand out from other graduates
This is the only English-taught programme in Asian and African Studies in Russia that provides students with a comprehensive, truly interdisciplinary approach to business and politics in modern Asia.
What Will You Study?
The programme focuses mainly on the issues in business and political processes in Asia, including business and entrepreneurship, political and financial elites of the region, national-specific issues and intercultural communication between Europe, Russia and Asia.
The programme combines two main approaches: academic and applied. On the one hand, the programme covers the fundamentals of political, economic, social and national-specific processes in Asia. On the other hand, the programme develops practical skills for cooperation with Asian countries, both at the level of political and business consulting, as well as at the level of everyday business.
Graduates from the Master’s Programme 'Business and Politics in Modern Asia' go on to successful careers in a range of industries and leading organisations worldwide:
Political and business analytics and expertise in think tanks;
Consulting: political and economic consulting and crisis-management;
In government agencies departments and private companies developing business relations with Asian countries;
In SME, private entrepreneurship and networking in the crossroad of EU, Asia and Russia countries;
In public service and in the media industry.
How to Apply
There are the following pathways to be considered before getting enrolled in the programme:
Pathway 1: International Admissions
International Admission provides an opportunity for any international applicant to enrol to a self-funded place and to compete for the discounts or even free tuition.
Applications are accepted online through the Applicant's Personal Account only.
Detailed information on the application process for international students is available here.
In March, the annual pre-graduate practice of 2nd-year master's degree students ended. Students shared their impressions about the practice, tasks and about the Ingria business incubator, which has been a partner of the St. Petersburg HSE for almost 5 years.