Although the pandemic intervened, placing restriction on cultural events, it was made up for by an expanded program of acquaintance with the history and traditions of RSUH, its teachers and future studies. In the first days of September, freshmen attended meetings, lectures and master classes arranged especially for them. And there is much more to come.
The activities included meeting deans and teachers, curators of groups, employees of the Office for Student Affairs, registering at the Library, training on inclusive education, going on a tour of the Miusskaya buildings and getting student IDs.
- Team leaders help us work with freshmen. RSUH has a project "Team Leader School", where seniors are invited to be trained and receive a certificate confirming the right to give advice to freshmen. Seniors are closer to freshmen both in terms of age and approach to life, therefore, network information channels run by team leaders are gaining more and more popularity. Informing works great not only face-to-face, but also remotely. All announcements are published in Vkontakte group "Freshman RSUH 2020". Team leaders create conversations for freshmen to exchange messages, communicate and learn a lot of useful things in advance. In addition, we publish the digital Freshman's Guide, available at the Office for Student Affairs.
Each faculty also offers freshmen their own program of introduction.
According to Dr. Tatyana Martsinkovskaya, Director of the Institute of Psychology, the program of the tutoring week changes yearly.
“Generation Z is coming, the millennials, and this has to be kept in mind. They have a different attitude towards reality, towards themselves, completely different values. So I asked the freshmen to write down what they want to do after school hours. We are going to conduct research among first and second year students on the subject of socio-psychological adaptation, their motivation and their attitude to the pandemic. Our goal is to understand the needs of today's youth in order to meet them as much as possible. "
The curators will show freshmen exercises to relieve stress, talk about relaxation methods and the basics of personal growth. This year, we had to abandon face-to-face trainings because they cannot be carried out in masks. However, those are still planned to be included in the learning process, for the students majoring in "Clinical Psychology" and "Business and Advertising". All this will be carried out with the observance of social distance.
The Faculty has prepared a number of events: students of the "Political Science" major are shown the academic side of the profession and what a political science expert does in the modern world. Students of “Oriental and African Studies” are read introductory courses on the language and culture of the region. The freshmen of "Advertising and PR", in addition to classes on introduction to the profession, take part in journalism master classes with representatives of glossy magazine world and graduates of the Department.
Students of "Hotel Business" usually go to the leading Moscow hotels for the first acquaintance with the chosen direction of study, but this year representatives of the hotel industry will come to visit them introducing the freshmen to the basics of the profession.
With the support of the Knorozov Center, excursions to the Institute of History and Archives were organized for freshmen of the "Tourism" major. There will also be a teleconference with a Swiss travel agency and meetings with leading representatives of the Moscow tourism industry.
Many renowned professors lecture at he tutoring week at the IPI.
The first lecture was delivered by the Dr. Dmitry Bak, Head of the Department of the History of Russian Literature of Modern Times. He invited freshmen to look at philology and history in terms of vocation and profession.
Dr. Valery Tyupa, professor of the Department of Theoretical and Historical Poetics, described the philologist as a professional reader. Dr. Yuri Troitsky, Professor of the Department of Theory and History of Humanitarian Knowledge, turned to strategies for understanding humanitarian knowledge. The lecture of Dr. Irina Morozova, Professor of the Department of Comparative History of Literatures, was devoted to modern American Studies.
The following lectures are taking place next week:
• "Philology in the light of cultural transfers" (Professor Natalia Gvozdetskaya, Chair of the Department of English Philology,)
• "The Text – the Past – the Culture: An Introduction to the History of Russian Literature (XI-XVIII Centuries)" (Professor Andrey Karavashkin, Head of the Department of History of Russian Classical Literature)
• "Modern Comparative Studies as introduction to the History of World Literature" (Dr. Igor Shaitanov, Honored Professor of RSUH, Director of the Center for Modern Comparative Research at the Institute of Physics and Technology, editor-in-chief of the journal "Voprosy Literatury")
• "Justification of the original, or Why read in the original when there is a translation?" (Dr. Natalia Reingold, Professor Emeritus of RSUH, Professor of the Department of Theory and Practice of Translation and Interpreting)
Dr. Nikolay Svanidze, Director of the Institute of Mass Media, gave a master class, in which he spoke about current trends in journalism and the skills that a journalist must have in a rapidly evolving digital environment.
This year, new majors have been offered: "Modern Visual Media" and “International journalism and media communications”, the latter jointly with the Russian-Swedish Center. Students will study Swedish language, culture, history and media. The third new major is “Multimedia journalism and modern media technologies”.
The welcome speech by Dr. Makarova, Dean of the Faculty, was recorded by Student TV Channel
On September 1, the new Faculty of History opened its doors. Future historians, Latin American studies and public policy experts were greeted by Dr. Pavel Alipov and Dr. Mikhail Andreev, Deputy Deans for Academic Affairs, Dr. Diana Galieva, Deputy Dean for Student Affairs and Dr. Dmitry Belyaev and Dr. Ivan Kosichenko, faculty members of the Knorozov Mesoamerican Center. They told the students about the educational process, sanitary standards, and the extra-curricular life at the Faculty and the University in general.
Students of the majors "History" and "History of modern Russia" listened to a lecture delivered by Dr. Yaroslav Listov, Head of the Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation on youth policy "From the State Duma of the Russian Empire to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation." They discussed the history of the legislative body, learned a lot about the electoral system and the alignment of political forces in different periods of the Duma's work. There was also a tour of the chambers of the Moscow Printing House.
Faculty of International Relations and Foreign Area Studies
The Faculty offers three B.A. tracks: "Foreign Area Studies", "International Relations" and "Middle Eastern Studies". Dr. Olga Pavlenko, First Vice-Rector, gave her recommendations to the students who had to choose the preferred language for studying in accordance with the chosen track, this opportunity being a competitive advantage offered by the Faculty.
In the evening the team leaders organized an off-site trip to Gorky Park.
Professor Lyudmila Glukhareva spoke about the legal profession: how it originated, its main directions, and career prospects of graduates. “A person with a law degree can work as a manager, but a person with a manager’s diploma cannot be considered a lawyer,” she said.
The trade union representative of the Student Council spoke about the cultural, athletic and academic life of the Faculty, saying that, among other things, that in Zoom the students can connect to all academic events.
Dr. Yulia Dubovaya, Head of the Legal Clinic, spoke about internship options.
Next week there will be a teambuilding training, where team leaders will conduct edutainment classes on professional cohesion. In addition, the specialists of the "Consultant Plus" company will meet with the students and explain how this system is useful for a lawyer. Dr. Vera Zabotkina, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, will talk about the programs implemented jointly with foreign universities. Later, in the Courtroom, there will be a socio-psychological testing to identify leadership qualities.
“The students are really interested in this,” notes Dr. Valentina Terekhova, Deputy Dean for Student Affairs. - On the first day they were somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of information, but quickly realized that they were part of our large family, especially when Dean Timofeev showed that the doors in his office were open around the clock and one could look in at any time. They were taken around the Faculty and saw that we really adhere to the open door principle, because one can go anywhere without making an appointment in advance. The secretaries are also always ready to help. The students were pleasantly surprised. "