'I Am Proud to Hold a Degree from HSE University'
Rustam Sattorzoda arrived in Perm from Tajikistan and graduated from the Master's Programme in Finance in 2018. HSE News Service spoke with Rustam about what he has been up to since graduating.
What role did HSE University play in your life?
Without a doubt, higher education has played one of the most important roles in my career and life. HSE provided me a firm foundation upon which I can now build my career. Here I was able to develop not only my mind, but also my soul. While studying at HSE Perm I discovered a world that was new to me, as well as a new city. I made a lot of contacts and acquaintances, and I gained valuable experience that will help me as I move forward.
Has your life changed after receiving a master’s degree?
HSE Perm is a leading universities in all fields. After returning home, I received so many job offers that it took me weeks to consider all the options! My education at HSE comes in handy every day at my work. Working with people who have degrees from other universities, I feel more confident and at ease. I am able to come up with solutions to problems very easily.
After my studies, I felt part of a large family. Here I began to believe in my strengths. I am proud to hold a degree from HSE.
What were your expectations about studying at HSE when you first came here 2 years ago? Did they prove correct?
When I enrolled in the Higher School of Economics in Perm, I understood that I was choosing a reputable and respected educational institution. At first I thought it would be very difficult for me to leave home, to adapt in a new country and city. Fortunately, my doubts were dispelled after the very first few days. HSE has a friendly and warm atmosphere, and the adaptation of foreign students was organized very well, so I did not feel a big difference at all, and it was very easy for me to get used to life here. Studying at HSE, in particular at the Master's Program 'Finance', allowed me not only to get a highly qualified diploma and master a new specialty, but also to get a unique experience studying and living abroad. At HSE I felt motivated to develop myself for the better every day. I would say it exceeded my expectations.
I also want to mention the amazing academic staff. I am especially grateful to Mariya A. Molodchik, head of School of Economics and Finance. I am grateful to the department for the knowledge that they gave me, and for the support that I had during my studies.
What subjects that you studied are now the most memorable?
Now I am actively applying all of the knowledge and skills I gained—so I would say that all the courses I took were useful. I would say that the most interesting ones were 'Evaluation and Management of Intellectual Capital', 'Portfolio Management', and 'Theory of Finance'. And this partly depends on the teachers who conducted these disciplines.
In your previous interview you said that after getting a master’s degree you would like to apply for an postgraduate training programme, and then pursue research in Tajikistan. Have you managed to make your dream come true?
Yes, I entered the postgraduate school of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan. I also work as a researcher at the Academy of Sciences continuing the research that I started at HSE under the guidance of Mariya A. Molodchik. Thanks to my work in the master's programme at HSE, I had familiarity with a lot of modern statistical tools that now I use a lot. I am very glad that HSE helped me to make my dream come true! Moreover, in addition to writing research papers, I am also a leading officer in the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Tajikistan.
What are your future plans?
My goal is to finish my postgraduate programme successfully, to defend my PhD thesis. I plan to implement my knowledge in the field of finance. And also I plan to contribute to the development of science in Tajikistan and continue to work and develop my skills in the field of finance.
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