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The human rights programme at the University of Padova is a unique mix of theoretical and practical studies, which allows the students to follow a rich academic path. I was able to complete my compulsory internship at the university human rights centre, which gave me the opportunity to consolidate the knowledge and skills learnt in lessons in academic environment...these opportunities are not usually available in the UK, and the whole academic system in Padova is much more accommodating for different types of students - since I have worked throughout my time at university, I needed a flexible study plan, something that this degree course definitely provided.
Before I started this course I got a law degree in Russia and I wanted to continue my studies in the field of human rights. Here in Padova I found a course that offers good professors and an high and good level of education. Compared to the Russian education system, here is more flexible, you are the owner of your own study process, you can manage your time, you can build your study plan.
I was searching for something about human rights and international mechanism for the protection of human rights specially to apply this kind of tools to my reality, to my community, because I came from an indigenous community. One of the most impressive experience in this course was the Geneva trip during which I had the opportunity to meet the special rapporteur on indigenous rights who told me about his work and the main institutions working on this field. For me, it was a really important occasion to take contact and see people working on the field.
After my bachelor degree and few experiences I started to think that I need to know more about human rights and I looked around to find something that would be useful for this. I found it in Padova. The town is really student friendly and the environment is very dynamic and interesting. If you are interested in human rights and humanitarian work this is the best place to start your career and to learn because your colleagues are going to be the future next human rights officers.
The Winter School in Nepal is the most impressive activity organised in the framework of this MA programme, because we have the chance to meet and to live with villagers, to work with professors in Nepal, to get to know the local contacts. I now own a deeper knowledge about human rights and international standard to protect human rights and I have more inspiration to really think about the future career and I believe I can go further with it.
As you live in a multicultural condition during the MA programme you need to be prepared and to exchange and express your ideas. Ultimately, we had good professors and classmates, they were always kind and tolerant so I enjoyed studying with them.