Philologists and Journalists Are Ready for the Transformation of Humanitarian Education

Education 26 September 2017

At the meeting of the UTMN Academic Council, Elena Ertner, Director of the Institute of Philology and Journalism, reported the results of the Institute’s development programme for 2014-2016.


“The medium-term development programme aimed to enhance the Institute’s competitiveness in the spheres of philology and mass media technology,” said Elena Ertner. “To start with, we audited educational programmes and improved their content with the active help of potential employers in accordance with the main demands of the labour market. We did well, as three out of four of our programmes in the Institute and out of 9 in the whole University were ranked among the best educational programmes of innovative Russia in 2015”.

In the period 2014-2016, UTMN Institute of Philology and Journalism launched a two-profile bachelor programme “Teacher Education” and a “Philological Management and Advertising” profile. All existing masters programmes were reformed; new programmes –  “Planning and Management in the Sphere of Media Communications” and “Russian Language and Literature for Foreigners”, gathering up to 20% of international students (from China, Serbia, France, etc.) annually –  were launched. Another new masters programme “Theory and Practice of Foreign Languages and Cultures Teaching” was launched in cooperation with Aston University (Birmingham, Great Britain) as part of the TEMPUS project. In 2015, the University of Tyumen and the University of Toulouse – Jean-Jaures (France) signed an agreement on the joint implementation of the double degree masters programme "Professional and Media Translation and Interpretation".

The variety of foreign languages taught at UTMN has grown, and conditions for the academic mobility of students and staff were improved. Four PhD students received the President’s scholarship to study abroad. 740 students finished the “Translator in the Professional Communication Sphere” complementary programme. In 2016, new modular programmes of advanced training were launched.

The number of Oxford and Alpha-Chance scholarship holders and winners of various olympiads and competitions is growing.

Currently, the Institute is participating in the experiment of implementing individualized educational trajectories with a view to transforming humanitarian education at UTMN.

According to Elena Ertner, transforming humanitarian education at UTMN, launching multidisciplinary masters programmes, further enhancing the quality of education, internationalization and developing a more flexible system of complimentary education will become priority fields for the future of the Institute.


Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications

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