Our international student Ruslan Gofurov - about studying in Russia, the benefits of the gained knowledge, and the importance of making the right choiceм
Ruslan Gofurov, a 2nd year student of the Arts and Culture Management program, told his story about admission to the master's program, and shared his impressions of the academic disciplines.
Assalomu alaykum, I was born and raised in the Tashkent city, Republic of Uzbekistan.
After graduating from a professional college in Tashkent, I had the opportunity to study distantly on a financial management program at Tyumen State University. After receiving a bachelor's degree, I wanted to plunge into a deeper learning process and already in a full-time form, therefore I continued my educational path at Tyumen State University on the master's program "Marketing".
After accidentally finding out in the news that there is a competitive selection process for master's programs at the St. Petersburg HSE campus, I’ve decided to give it a try as due to the year of study in Tyumen I had already formed a certain baggage of achievements related to management (Olympiads, competitions, championships).
I remember the moment in a conversation with classmates from Tyumen State University very well, when the guys unanimously announced that they consider the Higher School of Economics one of the best universities in the country, which is why it was interesting for me to come in this door, inaccessible, as it seems to many, and, of course, I wanted to spend some time in St. Petersburg, because, in my opinion, this is the most authentic city in Russia. This program was chosen since other master's programs in management overlapped or duplicated the disciplines that I’ve already had in the first master's program at Tyumen State University, so I chose the direction in which I had the least experience and that's why studying on the program became for me the most interesting.
This program was perfect for me since everything in it is dosed and includes a versatile list of disciplines, the study of which develops not only "hard" but also to a greater extent "soft skills". It’s not interesting for me when the educational process is based on large arrays of theory, or emphasis is placed on cold and complex calculations, since I can say that based on my practice in various fields, this is undoubtedly necessary, but only needed in 10% of working time.
I was delighted when I learned that we would have a discipline related to the study of the internal culture of the city. This is an ideal course that helps a foreigner acclimatize and being a part of a group of local children, learn something new, valuable and exclusive, related to the history and cultural values of the city.
Thanks to the program supervisors, we had a wide range of organizations from the hospitality culture sphere, where we took training courses. In my case, I chose the Institute of Street Art Research and Development, where we, as part of a group, analyzed the field of street art and based on it made a report that was extremely useful for the organization.
Due to education, I made a large number of new acquaintances and friends from different countries, which gave me strength and impetus to study, since it is not easy to live and study away from family and home. Due to the large number of students and the availability of sports grounds near the hostel, we often organized football and basketball competitions, and these are emotions and the very impressions on which our program is based.
I have not yet decided what area my future professional activity will be related to, but I am absolutely sure that the knowledge and skills acquired within the framework of training in the " the Arts and Culture Management" program will help me to bring extraordinary solutions to any work.
I want to say one thing to future applicants: do what you are interested in and apply to those programs that you like.