RANEPA launches three more joint master's programs with University of London
On October 9, a ceremony was held at the Presidential Academy to sign a cooperation agreement between RANEPA and the University of London and launch three double degree master’s programs. The event was attended by RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau, British Ambassador to Russia Sir Laurie Bristow and Director of Global Engagement at the University of London Mike Winter.
According to the agreement, from 2020 RANEPA will provide training in cooperation with educational institutions that are part of the University of London, offering three master's programs: MSc Data Science (the first time in the world) with Goldsmiths; MSc Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics with City; and the Master of Laws (LLM) program will be launched for the first time in Russia with University College London (No. 8 in the QS world ranking 2020) and Queen Mary University of London.
In spring 2019, RANEPA received the University of London Accredited Training Center status. This status enables its students to take University of London programs and earn another degree in parallel with their main studies.
Vladimir Mau welcomed the guests of the ceremony and noted that the Presidential Academy was interested in developing new programs. RANEPA has a long history of developing cooperation with British schools, he said, but cooperation with the University of London is especially valuable. “These programs are very important for us because these are master's programs, while many Russian universities develop only basic-level programs with British partners,” the rector added.
The British Ambassador said the launch of these programs symbolizes not only the ties between the academic communities of Russia and the UK, but also the strengthening of relations between the two countries. Sir Laurie Bristow pointed out that the world is changing rapidly, and it is important that universities promote the development of qualities that will help graduates succeed: creativity, the ability to operate in the digital world and adapt to its conditions. He considers his contribution to the launch of these programs as one of his most important efforts as the Ambassador.
The University of London’s Director of Global Engagement Mike Winter thanked everyone who helped develop the programs on both sides, noting that they managed to do a lot of work in a fairly short time. He said that the development of joint programs provides students with unique learning opportunities, and welcomed future students of the University of London and the Presidential Academy.
After signing the agreement, Vladimir Mau said the Academy would like to expand cooperation with the University of London. He urged his British colleagues to consider the possibility of increasing the number of master's programs as well as the option of launching undergraduate programs. He also noted that it would be interesting to develop joint training programs in the humanities, not just economics and law.
The University of London is comprised of 17 independent universities and colleges located in London including the London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University, City, King’s College London, London Business School and others. Its member institutions hold high positions on international rankings. The university currently trains 120,000 students from 180 countries, including 50,000 studying remotely.
In 2019, RANEPA will open short-term training programs to obtain a University of London certificate and continue further studies for a master's degree. Admission to graduate programs will begin in 2020. The participants will study in English and will be awarded two degrees, from the University of London and from RANEPA.