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Duration of study: 4 years
Language of instruction: Russian
Liberal Arts programs were taught at many universities and colleges in the US in the second half of the twentieth century and contributed a lot to American higher education becoming one of the world leaders. Currently, there is an active dissemination of Liberal Arts programs in European countries. The fundamental difference between Liberal Arts and traditional university programs is the possibility of choosing two specialization areas: major and minor from the list offered by the Faculty. The possibility of such a choice is reflected in the Russian-language title of the program — Multidisciplinary Bachelor degree. The choice of profile (major) can be both at admission or after studying the block of general education at the end of year.
Liberal Arts College at the RANEPA was created as an educational model alternative to the traditional model of higher education inherited from the Soviet era. This new model is focused on the preparation of modern specialists and experts, who would be competitive in the international labour market, including new professional spheres that are only being formed. Many of them are interdisciplinary and, accordingly, involve a very wide range of professional competencies.
The team of experts who were instrumental in launching the Liberal Arts College have observed the weaknesses of deficiencies of the old model and an increasing demand for modernization of higher education that would lead to qualitative changes in the country at large. As a solution, we came up with the idea of bringing the model of liberal arts education that has never been practised in Russia before. The process of creation of our Liberal Arts College coincided with the new wave of interest to liberal arts education in Europe and outside of the western world. Today the College is a growing faculty that infuses in its curriculum features of LA programmes from the best liberal arts programs from around the world such as from the Netherlands, UK, etc.
We chose the liberal arts as a perfect model that allows combining two qualifications areas and a set of academic and practical skills to be successful in a labour market nowadays. This model has proved its efficiency for the past 300 years in the United States — that is why we chose this model for our Liberal Arts College. The college in Moscow provides broad fundamental education as well as a specialization focus.
Another advantage of liberal arts education is that learning is student-centred. Classic lectures are not many, a much greater role is played by seminars that are highly interactive and invite students to air their views, develop their arguments, substantiate them and publically present discuss their ideas.
In 2011, the Liberal Arts College at RANEPA was granted the right to accredit its own educational programs; and that was the moment of the establishment the first majors and minors. Over the years the LA model showed the increasing interest among school graduates. If in the first year of its existence the Liberal Arts College recruited 30 students, today there are over 1200 students studying at the College.
The Liberal Arts College is a student-oriented faculty, and one of our main priorities is international academic mobility. We understand that our graduates cannot become competitive players in the international labour market, without international exposure. That is why one of the priorities is the development of international collaborations with the best institutions and experts worldwide. Nowadays we have XX exchange programs with European, Asian, and North and South American universities. The Liberal Arts College is a member of several liberal arts associations such as The Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) and The Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA). Faculty members and students of the College annually participate in conferences, workshops, and summer schools organized with the support of these two associations.
The Liberal Arts College has become an active member of GALA in 2015. This Academy is a global network of creativity spanning national and cultural boundaries to broaden the experience of students and stuff. GALA was founded by Bath Spa University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Christina Slade, in 2014 to bring together Liberal Arts providers from around the world.
In July 2015 we presented our College at the GALA annual summer conference that was held at the Communications University of China in Beijing. The conference that was organized for the second time had a great success and brought to light new partnerships across the network. Thus, after the conference, the Liberal Arts College signed agreements of cooperation with Bath Spa University (UK), Communications University of China (UK), Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Mexico), University of Parma (Italy).
In 2016 the annual GALA conference dedicated to social entrepreneurship and innovative spirit was held at the Tec de Monterrey in Santa Fe, Mexico. This time not only the faculty member of the LAC participated in the conference, three students with their major in Management had been selected for a participation in the GALA Summer School held at the same time as the conference at the Tec de Monterrey. Those three students from the LAC brought an incredible contribution to the summer school and came up with an excellent idea dedicated to the creation of a digital platform that would unite students from the GALA network. The student body of GALA who was involved into summer school activities in 2016 successfully implemented their project and created a blog for GALA students, where they could share their experiences of studying at their respective liberal arts programs, as well as sharing insights about different cultures. This experience proved that the Liberal Arts College successfully prepared its students for a participation in such a massive international event, where they could equally build a dialogue with students from around the world and initiate a creative process.
In 2017, during the annual GALA conference held at University of Parma in Italy, the Liberal Arts College proposed to organize a workshop for professionals and experts working at the liberal arts institutions. The main idea of the workshop Mapping the Liberal Arts of GALA was to bring together colleagues from across the GALA network to share their experiences of developing the liberal arts within different institutional and national contexts and to exchange ideas about the future of liberal arts education. The aim of the workshop was to map liberal arts provision and practices across GALA and identify focal points that could strengthen cooperation between partner institutions.
The workshop took place on 23-24 March 2018 at the Liberal Arts College in Moscow. The workshop gathered 13 participants from five member institutions of the Global Academy of Liberal Arts. For two days, faculty staff from the Liberal Arts College at RANEPA (Russia), Bath Spa University (UK), University of Udine (Italy), University College Roosevelt (the Netherlands), and Concordia University (Canada) had discussed a role and significance of the liberal arts education in the context of the rapidly worldwide changing geopolitical and economic circumstances.
The result of the intensive workshop was a map of liberal arts provision and practices across the GALA network. This map contains not only “strengths” and prioritized directions for each member institution of GALA, but also criteria of quality for the liberal arts education. Hereafter, such criteria will help to expand spheres of cooperation between partner institutions of the GALA network.
There have been also established potential projects within GALA, including a foundation of an academic journal dedicated to the liberal arts education; teaching staff exchange; new ways of the spread of information within the GALA network; and prospective collaborative research projects among member-institutions. The first results of the recently established projects will be presented at the annual GALA conference that will be held on 25–27 July at Concordia University in Montreal.
280 000 - 360 000 RUR Per year
Tuition fee depends on the Major you choose upon application.