After his graduation from European Humanities University’s (EHU) undergraduate program “International law” in 2012, Uladzimir Dzianisevich continued his education at Maastricht and Warwick. Currently EHU alumnus resides in India, where he works for an international human rights NGO.
In a special interview Uladzimir reveals his academic career after EHU and provides insight regarding his analytical portal “Beyond the EU”.
Uladzimir, in 2012 you graduated from EHU’s “International law”. Next, you continued education and were awarded Master’s degrees at prestigious universities of Maastricht and Warwick. Did education received at EHU prepare you for further academic career in the Netherlands and the UK?
Without any exaggeration I can say, EHU formed a solid foundation for my my academic and professional career. Besides the knowledge EHU provided me with a great variety of opportunities – from selective courses, read by faculty from the universities in the USA, UK and other European countries, to international moot court competitions. Using the opportunities provided by EHU I enhanced my English language proficiency and received competences and skills needed for further professional and academic growth. Thanks to EHU experience, I smoothly adapted to the academic environment in the UK and the Netherlands.
Where do you live now and what do you do?
Now I live in New Delhi, India, where I work for Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). My work is related to the police reform in East Africa and South Asia countries. I have just returned from the Maldives, where I was a member of the ad hoc fact-finding commission. The trip was organized by CHRI and included human rights experts from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
You are one of the founders of Beyond the EU project. Could you tell more about its aims and target audience?
Beyond the EU is a project, I dedicate my spare time to. It was founded by the students from Eastern European countries – Belarus, Ukraine and Georgia, who studied at Maastricht University. We provided a platform for the publication of articles and research papers by young authors from Eastern Europe, who write in English about the region. Our target audience are citizens of our countries and English-speakers from around the world. The project was launched in May 2013 and since that time attracted over 100 000 readers.
In the Beyond the EU you write about Belarusian politics. Are Europeans interested in Belarus? How could you increase their interest?
Statistics tell us that foreigners are more interested in the life of the region than the Eastern Europeans themselves (partly it is caused by the language of the portal). Most readers are from Ukraine, USA, Canada, UK, Netherlands and Germany. There are few articles about Belarus, although they attract solid attention, mainly from North America and Western Europe.
What would you advise to the prospective students, who consider EHU?
My advice to the prospective students is not to think about EHU as just another Belarusian university. My story illustrates, how EHU provides a great deal of opportunities for your personal, academic and professional development - only a lazy one won’t take advantage of it. EHU is not just another Belarusian university, where it is required only to attend classes and to prepare coursework.
EHU provides freedom of development, encourages independent, proactive students to gain new skills and knowledge. Experience tells me, those students, who tried to behave at EHU as if it were just another Belarusian university, were the only unsatisfied with the education. So go ahead and take full advantage of opportunities at EHU!