Keeping up with the time
Since 2015-2016 academic year the bachelor programme in Management is implemented in a new English-language format. The main focus of the programme is International Business. Igor Glukhov is one of those students who have successfully completed the first year of education and has successfully passed a selection procedure of the international exchange program. Now he is preparing to leave for Great Britain, where he will study during the fall semester at one of the oldest British universities - King’s College of London.
- Igor, why did you choose the bachelor programme Management (International Business and Management Studies) in Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg?
- As for any ordinary high school graduate choosing a place to receive a higher education was quite daunting and complicated. For me personally the cornerstone of the choosing process were my Unified State Exam results. To be precise, I could only consider applying for scholarships funded by government, as I was not able to afford paying tuition. So, my exams results defined how prestigious the range of universities to apply for would actually be. Of course, I knew about the existence of HSE long ago as my school teachers were actively promoting this place as a possible future higher education institution to study at and engaged us to participate in HSE school subjects competitions.
Moving on to my current study programme, international business became a perfect mix of everything that I wanted to get from studying. I had a task to use my English language knowledge to the full potential and a recent interest in mathematics. Having acquainted with this programme, I got an idea that this was something worth my attention. I also recalled one of the school subjects called “The basics of professional self-determination” where the instructor devoted a whole module to learning the concept of management and its main branches. An important fact is that I really enjoyed this course and knew that may be aiming at a degree in management would be a reasonable decision. Finally, now as a student of HSE I frequently think of how lucky I am to have made such a great choice. It is very heart-warming to know that everything concerning my higher education was done just right.
- What are your impressions of studying at the bachelor programme Management (International Business and Management Studies) in HSE - Saint-Petersburg?
- I get so many pleasant memories and emotions thinking about this topic. The atmosphere that I got into here happened to be so welcoming and warm that it is still hard to believe that all this is a reality. Caring curators immediately started to support newcomers in every possible aspect. They also arranged many quests for the sake of team-building and later a trip to the countryside recreation center. After all these events I could already feel myself comfortable in the new society. During a year I became a part of the one and only HSE mentality, its liberal spirit and openness in the majority of educational features.
Management programme really amazed me with its diversity and interactivity. Riveting guest lectures given by the outstanding people, career prospects events where the best of international companies offered students possibilities to become a part of their huge team. Besides, I liked the novelty and originality of the learning material, a pursuit to interpret and connect the studying process with current day’s events. You actually feel how HSE keeps up the pace with today’s world.
- What are your upcoming goals for the second academic year?
- Fortunately, HSE gave me a chance to participate in something special in the second year of education. This chance is about international student mobility. I've heard a lot of such experiences when students took a course at various partner-institutions outside the country but I could not really comprehend the idea until I got fortunate enough to become an exchange student myself. There was a competition for studying abroad announced with a special feature of monthly 800 euros scholarship as a student of bachelor programme in management. This detail allowed me to at least ponder about applying for it as this would partially solve the financial aspect of this costly long-term trip.
So, King’s College of London which is currently among TOP-20 world university ratings have recently become a new partner of HSE and bachelor programme in management and they created the first collaborative exchange programme this year. Having successfully managed collection of required documents, written motivation letter and shared my English language certificate I became a nominee in this competition. Currently I am actively involved in the process of preparation for the trip. International student mobility is not a simple system though it is certainly a very rewarding work granting priceless experience and knowledge.