Peter Kiryushin '12 (Russia)

Peter Kiryushin '12 (Russia)

I am  Peter Kiryushin, a first year MESPOM student (2010-2012). I had quite a few reasons for chosing MESPOM. After graduating from the School of Public Administration of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU), I decided to become an environmental professional. I worked as a junior research fellow at the LMSU, and also did some project work for the Moscow Institute of International Relations and the Russian Association for Biofuels. But I wanted to develop my expertise further and to get an internationally recognized degree. I was also interested to become a part of a dynamic alumni network and, not the least, to experience a different university (and also living) environment and just to have some good time. MESPOM, with its interesting and well-balanced curriculum, the impressive network of partner universities and the exciting locations in Europe (Budapest, Aegean, Lund, Manchester!!!) seemed to be the right choice. And it is, indeed!

I am a part of MESPOM only for two and a half months so far, but I must say that none of my expectations deceived me. Moreover, I am getting more than I expected!

What I like about studying in MESPOM is that its main focus is really on making one an environmental professional. Course-by-course, you get more and more, all the theories and methods explicitly related to the application, as you one can actually expect from the people working on these issues in the real life. For instance, one of our professors, Dr. Zoltan Illes, is the State Secretary for Environment in Hungary, and now he manages (and quite successfully so!) the infamous red sludge spill accident. Indeed, this helps to make his environmental pollution course more vivid. The number of assignments is growing and piling over, but one who manages one’s time well (and I think I do!), still has enough time for partying and traveling across the country and abroad. With Vienna, Bratislava, Beograd, the Alps and Carpathian mountains, and many other exciting places within a close reach (and most important nowadays, many budget flights available from Budapest Airport!), Budapest is really strategically located!

Then there are my classmates. They are amazing. Through their unique personalities you can feel the world’s diversity, and learn bit of Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese,  Swahili, Hungarian and other languages yet unknown to me. And each of us has something to share from our professional experience. Professionals – that’s what one of our teachers keep calling us, and indeed, many of us are. That makes us think of small and larger practical things we can do to make our world more sustainable already now, even before we are graduated. For instance, with a help of CEU faculty we are developing a Sustainable Campus Initiative (soon online!) to help CEU achieve specific sustainability targets. You may also want to take a look at the environmental Global Working Party day http://www.ceu.hu/news/2010-10-13/sustainability-festival-at-ceu we organised recently.