Individual educational trajectory
What is it?
Since September 2017, students of three UTMN institutes (Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences, and Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities) have been studying in accordance with a new educational model. 

Due to implementing individual educational trajectories, UTMN first-year students have an opportunity to shape their education by mixing their majors with some of 95 elective courses in five fields of knowledge


UTMN Rector Valery Falkov comments on the shift to the new educational model: 

“The new model of education turns a student into a key figure at the university. It is a student, not a professor or a department, who defines the content of a subject or an educational program. We suppose students who made their own informed choice are more demanding about the quality of their education”. 

There are several concepts of liberal education in the world. Certain universities follow a concept that involves the compulsory study of “great texts”. The main purpose of the bachelor program is to study all the books on the list, while further specialization is acquired afterwards. 

Another concept recognizes the existence of universal knowledge and skills which every person should possess. This education program, like the first, presupposes a given set of modules but they do not necessarily include the study of literary masterpieces. The list of disciplines may vary, what is more important is the final result.

The concept of progressivism is different from the both above-mentioned approaches. Students choose individual educational trajectories for which there are no established frameworks – the Open Curriculum is designed to enable students to develop their own programs of study. The Core Curriculum has the opposite approach. All students begin their undergraduate education by taking courses from the Common Core curriculum, irrespective of their choice in major.

Since 2017, the University of Tyumen has been developing its own educational model that combines both Core and Open Curriculums.

Forming a unique set of competences providing individualized education 
Combining humanities and natural sciences
to teach interdisciplinary communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills 

Providing an opportunity to choose an additional educational profile that enhances students’ employability 
Developing informed and responsible decision making skills, increasing students’ motivation 
Digitalization of the education process
IV year
87% Major
13% Electives
III year
74% Major
26% Electives
II year
3% Core
71% Major
26% Electives
I year
Core module
The module focuses on developing students’ general cultural competencies.
Major module
The main module including set of disciplines for the bachelor study program. The graduates of the University are given a State diploma.
Minor module
The Minor module is an additional course of study in an area outside of the Major, starting from the second year of education. It does not require any additional payments and offers 5 disciplines. The program graduates are given a certificate.

Competitive advantages of a new model:

  • The Core Curriculum program attracts teaching scientists and professors from leading educational establishments
  • Complementarity of the Core Curriculum courses 
  • Wide range of elective courses: 225 courses selected through a competitive process
  • Interdisciplinary students' projects as the foundation for building educational trajectories 
  • Studying in heterogeneous student teams (new course – new team)
  • Increased number of courses in entrepreneurship (entrepreneurship trajectory)
  • Tutoring support is an essential part of the educational process

Today the Core Curriculum consists of four main courses: ‘Russia and the world’, ‘Digital culture’, ‘Philosophy: thinking techniques’ and ‘Principles of scientific knowledge’.

The courses go hand in hand, complementing and expanding knowledge in all fields of study. The lectures include materials in a number of areas united in a common theme. For example, during the course “Russia and the world” first-year students attend lectures on history, cultural studies, urban geography and anthropology given by the leading researchers in the social and humanitarian spheres. After lectures, students have workshops and work on joint research projects, the results of which they later present before the experts.

The elective component of educational content is equally important. Traditionally Russian students have little choice: 1-2 elective courses per semester. However, UTMN has developed about a hundred of courses in different fields of expertise. By changing the approach to variability, students are given the opportunity to follow their individual educational trajectories since first year.

In the last years of studies, students pass to Major module and gain in-depth knowledge.

Since the second year of studies, students following individual educational trajectories can obtain additional qualification as bachelors for free. For this purpose, Minor module consisting of five elective courses was developed. 

This educational model gives students an opportunity to shape their own education. It also encourages them to develop digital literacy skills, critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities, independence, creativity, and flexibility as thinkers. Having taken different sets of disciplines, every student becomes a unique specialist who stands a better chance of finding the right workplace for them.

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