Moscow State University (MSU) in Russia does not have an adequate general education curriculum as part of the undergraduate requirements. The curriculum does not cover classical topics such as the exploration of human nature. At the college level, Russian students are not able to change their specialization even as freshmen. The policy recommendations are going to be grounded on the various philosophical understanding of education and its role in our society. MSU should include more open discussion seminars in order to develop crucial virtues of character. At the same time, MSU should implement a general education curriculum, which would keep the ability to specialize already during the freshman year, but with some sort of flexibility in terms of selecting a major during the following years. Education should be a collaborative effort between teachers and students. Unification of the whole undergraduate educational system together with the implementation of the general education curriculum would make it easier for students to build experiences and exchange knowledge with more international students to be at the forefront of scientific discoveries throughout the world. It is important to combine different classes, such as Information Technology and open-discussion philosophical seminars, in order to strike the right balance between the rational use of technologies and exploration of true human nature in the world beyond our heads. In the end, all the recommendations would be possible to implement only when the administration of Moscow State University acknowledges the importance of the spirit as the root of students’ personalities.
Strakhov, Kirill A. (2022) "International Comparative Education: A Case for Russia," Pepperdine Policy Review: Vol. 14, Issue 2, Article 3. Available at: https://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/ppr/vol14/iss2/3