February 27, 2017

Gulnara from Azerbaijan: “Find the program of your dreams!”


Gulnara Taghiyeva is a student at Mykolas Romeris University. She is currently enrolled in a Joint master study programme “European and International Business Law”. In her short interview below Gulnara is telling about her experience at Mykolas Romeris University and the decisions students should make when choosing the right study programme for themselves.


What influenced your decision to come to study in Lithuania / at Mykolas Romeris University the most?

I was working in the sphere of contracts and faced a lot of issues related to taxes, business law and understood that I have gaps. Therefore, I decided to continue my education and take up a master’s degree. My main aim was to find a program in international commercial or business law. After searching in various study portals I found the International and European Business Law program in MRU. Initially coming to Lithuania was not my goal, as I wanted to study in Germany. However this particular program in Lithuania exactly reflected my idea on perfect international business law program. Also, the double degree which was proposed by this program was a great plus and strengthened my intention to study here. I also was honored with the State scholarship and was touched that Lithuanian government found me as prospective student. So after taking some thoughts I decided that studying in Lithuania will be the best option for me.
What is great about studying in Lithuania / Mykolas Romeris University?
I like the studying model in MRU. We have discussion style of education, which stimulates the brain to work, solve cases and face the real-life situations at university level.  Also sometimes we have invited practitioners, which is very useful, as they share their experience which we can have in the future and mistakes which we should escape. There are also opportunities within the university to develop professionally, and learn new languages, such as Korean and French.
What are the benefits of studies in Lithuania / at Mykolas Romeris University?
I think the main reason why students choose Lithuania is that you receive European education for a relatively low price. Also there are quite low living expenses as well as having an opportunity to explore the Baltic culture. Personally, I think that the main benefit about MRU is that it has a lot of joint programs with other universities around the world, like Korea, France, Ukraine.
What is the difference between studies here and in your country?
In my country, Azerbaijan, we still have an old, Soviet Union style of education system, where only the lecturer speaks and students just listen. This is a very passive way of learning and at the end of the day you don’t remember anything that was said properly. So I definitely like the system here when we have discussions and case studies during the seminars.
What would you like to tell other young people, who are looking for possibilities to study abroad?
First of all, you should be sure about the program you have chosen. I have some friends who had dropped their studies, because it was not what they wanted. Also some of the students during their masters are not sure if they really want to study the area they have chosen. Bear in mind that you have to be sure, so you will not waste your time. Second, look for broader opportunities. Most students are looking for programs in Western Europe, where is quite expensive, while there are lot of programs with the same quality in Eastern Europe and Baltic countries. I found my program in Lithuania and have no regrets about my choice. Always remember that everything that happens in your life is for the better and life is full of new, hidden opportunities. Find the program of your dreams!