THE BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMME “MANAGEMENT”:
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The bachelor’s degree programme “Management” at the faculty of Economics of PFUR was launched in 1996 in accordance with the two-tier Bachelor’s-Master’s study system. Training is completed on full-time, both state-subsidized and full-tuition, basis. Head of the bachelor’s degree programme “Management” is Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation, Head of the Department of Management, Member of the Board of Educational Methodological Association on Management, Associate Professor Viktor S. Efremov.
During its existence the Programme "Management" has enrolled more than 1,340 professionals working in 67 countries, including citizens of European, Asian, African, Latin American countries, the Russians, citizens of the CIS and neighbouring countries. This year the training is provided to students from 31 countries, of a total of 140 states represented in the University.
The bachelor’s degree programme “Management” is an integral part of the overall strategy of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia which is to train professionals for priority areas of socio-economic development of modern society who are able to compete successfully in the national and global labour markets, work in different countries of the world and show their creativity.
Thus, the basic educational programme “Management” increases the University’s international competitiveness and capacity development. The ultimate goal of the Programme is to make a versatile person possessing general cultural and professional competences. Much attention is paid to professional development aimed at the acquisition and improvement of practical skills required for future work, broadening and strengthening of knowledge and training of specialists who are able to perform their professional duties both in the Russian Federation and in any region of the world. Learning objectives of the bachelor’s degree programme “Management” are such that graduates can successfully compete in the labour market. List of common cultural and professional competences, which a graduate should have after completing the programme, meets the standards of professional activity and the requirements of employers of all represented countries.
The achievement of these goals is based on the continuous development of teaching methods, information, innovative, material and technical resources of the departments and improvement of educational, scientific and innovative, international and extracurricular activities.
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES OF THE BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMME “MANAGEMENT”
The bachelor’s degree programme “Management” offers prestigious high-quality education that fully meets the demands of modern society, scientific and technological progress and as a result enjoys popularity on the education market. The programme attracts students from Russia, the CIS and non-CIS countries (Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, Turkey, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Jordan, Macedonia, Haiti, Mongolia, Thailand, Equatorial Guinea, Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba etc.), which shows the broad geography of the students. The content, structure, aims and objectives of the programme make it competitive on the market of educational services. The major competitive advantages of the programme include:
- recognition of PFUR as one of the best universities of Russia;
- classical international university status;
- involvement of the best teachers of the faculty of Economics and the university;
- courses providing fundamental knowledge of management taking into account the rapidly changing environment;
- state accreditation and state-recognized degrees;
- opportunity of getting a diploma (diplomas) in foreign language translation;
- opportunity of choosing dual degree programmes.
The programme is popular in the regions of Russia as well. Student groups include representatives of all the regions of Russia – from Kaliningrad to Sakhalin. The CIS countries, representatives of European countries, Asia, Africa and Latin America show great interest in the programme. The bachelor’s degree programme “Management” enrolment over the last 5 years amounted to approximately 150 people annually. Annual reports on the competitive selection of applicants show that the competition over the last five years was 38 applicants per place on average.
EDUCATIONAL PROCESS CONTENT
The curriculum structure of the bachelor’s degree programme “Management” includes disciplines of the basic and variable parts of the learning cycles: B1 – humanities, social and economic disciplines, B2 – mathematical disciplines and sciences, B3 – professional disciplines, providing the development of competencies set by the Federal state educational standard (¹ 544 of 20.05.2010) as well as the number of academic hours expressed in credit units. Each learning cycle of the educational programme has a basic (compulsory) part and a variable (profile) part set by the university. The variable (profile) part enables students to broaden and deepen their knowledge and skills determined by the content of the basic (compulsory) disciplines (modules) and gain deeper knowledge and better skills for a successful career or further professional education and getting a master’s degree. The content of the national and regional component (or the variable part of the Federal state educational standard) of the major educational programmes is determined by a graduate’s qualification set by the educational standard (based on the requirements to competencies set by the Federal state educational standard). In accordance with the requirements of the educational standard the curriculum includes elective disciplines which complement the content of the disciplines of the federal component (the basic part) of the cycle. Deeper learning of the professional cycle disciplines starts in the third year of studying. Elective disciplines account for 30% of the professional cycle credits. The electives blocs are equally balanced between the terms. Term papers are planned for all the terms except the first and the second. Practical training is to take place in the second term, internships in specific companies – in the fourth term, and pre-graduation practical training organized by the department of management – in the eighth term. The general succession of courses is determined by the structural and logical links between the disciplines of the bachelor’s programme “Management” and specified in the basic educational programme. While designing the basic educational bachelor’s degree programme “Management”, PFUR’s opportunities of developing graduates’ general cultural competencies (social interaction, self-organization and self-management, systemic and activity-related competencies) were identified.
EDUCATIONAL PROCESS ORGANIZATION
The standard full-time course of study duration is 4 years. The basic educational programme includes 240 credits (credit units), i.e. 60 credits per academic year. The maximum number of contact hours of the full-time basic educational programme is 27 academic hours per week. The academic week lasts 6 calendar days. The vacation duration in the academic year is 7 weeks minimum and 10 weeks maximum, the winter vacation duration is 2 weeks minimum. The maximum number of exams in the academic year is 10. The maximum number of pass/fail exams is 12. The number, sequence and forms of interim assessment comply with the standards. The minimum number of students in a group is usually 24 people. The number of interactive classes is determined by the major goal of the Programme, students’ specific characteristics and specific disciplines content, and the minimum share of these classes in the educational process is 50% of contact classes.
Stefan Zivkovic, Serbia.
I'm a student at the PFUR. Specialty management. The university is very friendly and all students very kind. I was enrolled in my group. There are very nice people. They help me and each other all time, and explain everything. As well, I’m very happy, that I have attentive teachers. I can always go to them for any problem. And conclusion, I hope that my university will be known worldwide.
Patapendy Kalpana Tushanty, Sri Lanka
It is a great pleasurable experience to study in our Peoples’ Friendship University where you can feel like home. Here, we have the educational environment which you will never find in any other university. Friends from various countries will always give you wonderful memories of various cultures all around the world. You’ll get a very good knowledge while enjoying the life in Russia.
Doh Seydou Coulibaly, Ivory Coast
It was a pleasure to study at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia. Studying is very important but you cannot really enjoy your life without partying and having fun!! I was visiting many beautiful Russian cities (Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Astrakhan, Volgograd, Kazan and Saint-Petersburg). Doing a part of my studies in PFUR was best opportunity to meet Russian people and culture. I like the country and the lifestyle