Ahmad Samir, the RANEPA student from Afghanistan: The Academy is my second scientific home
Ahmad Samir, a 2nd year master’s student at the Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service (IPACS), the RANEPA from Afghanistan, spoke about studying in the Academy and his plans for the future.
Ahmad Samir learned about the RANEPA at the Center for Science and Culture of the Russian Federation in his native Kabul, where Russian programs were presented as part of the Russian Federation government quotas for Afghan students. The young man discussed the possibility of studying with friends, who had already studied in Russia, carefully explored the Academy website. At that time, he had already become a bachelor of business administration in India and worked as the chief public relations manager for the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan.
The young Afghani chose the master's program “Government Economic Regulation”, because he saw good prospects. “In my opinion, the RANEPA is a quality label in education. Samir justified his choice by saying: “It is one of the most famous, top-rated and best universities in Russia, which plays a leading role in the development of education and the training of highly qualified Russian and foreign specialists in various professional fields.”
At first, studying was not easy for Ahmad Samir: life in Moscow, new rules of behavior and traditions, a large amount of new information in the Academy — learning this all at the same time was difficult. But, according to the student, he fairly quickly adapted with the support of the dean's office, teachers, and classmates. To learn Russian was another difficult task, but the young man coped with it. The Russian language courses, which are conducted annually by the Institute for Social Sciences (ISS), RANEPA, turned out to be of great help.
Currently, Ahmad is in the 2nd year of graduate school and notes that he really likes everything, because each studied subject provides an opportunity to achieve much in the field of public administration and business. He plans to use the knowledge gained at the Presidential Academy in order to contribute to the modernization of his country's economy.
Ahmad Samir found it difficult to choose one or two favorite subjects – he likes everything. He focuses on “Strategic Management”, “Public Sector Economics”, “State Economic Policy”, and “Theory and Mechanisms of Modern Public Administration.”
The Gaidar Forum became the brightest impression in the Academy for the student, where he saw economists, political scientists, journalists, public figures from Russia and other countries and “again became convinced that the RANEPA is not just an educational institution but also a place where you can draw up your future”.
Ahmad Samir’s plans after receiving a master’s degree next year are to start learning French and continue studying online. He has an ambitious vision of his own perspective: in ten years he would like to work in an international organization or in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, the anti-corruption department or the Office of the President of Afghanistan. The young man says that he is proud of his choice: “The RANEPA is my second scientific home, an unforgettable part of my life.”