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.