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Figure of the Day: 6 Reasons to Study in HSE’s Governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation Programme

This year, HSE’s English-language Master’s Programme in the Governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation will admit its second class to the programme. Students will learn to manage technologies and innovations effectively at all stages of the process, from inception to implementation and at the corporate, regional, national, and international levels. This is undoubtedly an extremely prospective area of study, but this is not the only reason to apply to the programme.

1. You can only find such a programme at HSE.

No other programme like this exists in Russia, and there is no programme abroad that is structured quite like HSE’s programme. The Master’s Programme combines two areas – one concerns management, innovations, and technologies at companies, while the other focuses on public policy and regulation. The reason for this is that there is a great deal of common competencies and skills that are in high demand within both business and government agencies. Universities typically separate management and public administration, but since HSE has the freedom to design its own educational standards, only here does the opportunity exist to create a ‘combined’ programme of this nature.

2. Applicants to the programme are some of HSE’s most qualified.

Even in its first year of existence, the Governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation Programme was named one of HSE’s top-7 master’s programmes based on the qualifications of its applicants. On the one hand, the programme admits students with bachelor’s degrees from HSE and other university, but on the other, the programme brings in students who already have practical experience at scientific organizations and in the business of innovation. The first class that was admitted even included someone with a PhD in the natural sciences.

Last year’s programme also admitted an entire group of international students and Olympiad winners. This year’s applicants include students from the U.S., France, Italy, South Korea, Romania, and Poland, who are all being admitted within the university’s quotas.

3. Your instructors will include prominent businessmen and former Prime Ministers.

The programme is taught by not only full-time HSE instructors, many of whom are international specialists in their field, but also by visiting professors and renowned American and European lecturers. The Governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation Programme also features workshops given by leading experts from development institutes, investment companies, and large businesses. Such people include the former Prime Minister of Finland Esko Aho, who is an expert on structural and industrial policy and a member of the programme’s Academic Council.

4. You will be able to study at partner universities abroad.

In total, the Governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation Programme has five cooperation agreements with foreign universities – two agreements for dual-degree programmes and three for student exchanges and transfer credits. Students are able to complete a dual degree at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) in Germany or Maastricht University in the Netherlands, or study abroad at Seoul National University in South Korea, Middle East Technical University in Turkey, or the University of Bremen in Germany. In the upcoming academic year, four students are already planning to head to Seoul National University and the University of Bremen.

5. You can put your knowledge to use during an internship.

All students complete an internship during the programme at places like the Russian Venture Company, large industrial companies, and various federal ministries. Students who are more interested in research typically intern at HSE’s Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) or they go abroad to work on joint research projects between ISSEK and other universities and organizations. This year, for example, several students were chosen to intern with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and the Centre for Social Innovation in Vienna. Several students from the programme’s first class have already published preprints in English. The programme’s format allows students to intern and study at the same time, as the programme is full-time, but classes are held in the evening.

6. You will broaden your career opportunities.

The programme’s plan of study has disciplines related to foresight, which is one of the most prospective career directions in the field. In their second year, students are offered special ‘advanced’ courses in corporate foresight and regional foresight. This greatly broadens future job opportunities for graduates’ career growth.

Source: HSE website