Studying in the UK is very different from academic doctrines in Ukraine. Maryna Khorunzha had a chance to find out first hand while studying Public Administration at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was taken aback by the rather dynamic style of teaching.
“Even though I did expect my program to be more quantitative than MPA programs offered by sister universities, I was still surprised with the extent to which a seemingly humanitarian major could be reinforced with quantitative tools. Another unanticipated feature is lack of regular feedback in the form of tests and other graded assignments. A student is therefore fully responsible for staying on top of the material throughout the year”, says Maryna.
The best part of her MPA program was still the community though. Having classmates from all over the world and interacting with people from different backgrounds is the highlight of studying at the LSE.
“Coming from various backgrounds, from social development to investment banking, from economics to public policy, they make every group assignment an intellectually stimulating and enriching experience”, adds Maryna.
Adjusting to the lifestyle associated with an MPA program is no easy task according to her. The program is very intense and she faced some challenges adjusting to the academic life. Her biggest achievements are academic ones: completing a policy memorandum for an Econometrics class, employing newly acquired knowledge of Stata statistical software and developing understanding of economic phenomena.
SEED Grant covered 100% of Maryna’s tuition fees, and she would recommend anyone interested in the field to apply for the financial support.
“The two-year Master of Public Administration program is perfect for current and future government advisers and decision-makers, policy-makers and analysts. The program will be most beneficial for those who lack understanding of the role of economics in public policy-making and want to learn how to use quantitative tools for policy analysis”, concludes the LSE MPA Candidate.