Open Course “Alternative Designs in Higher Education”

The course will focus on liberal arts and sciences model of higher education, which becomes increasingly relevant in Russia following the appeals for more individualized and flexible university education. Is it the most promising direction of higher education and does it really provide “competencies of the future”? How do graduates fit the demands of a constantly changing labor market? In which aspects does traditional education lose points to liberal arts and sciences education? What is the experience of those who employ this model, what are the advantages and pitfalls of the model, and can it be influenced by the community of external stakeholders?

The course will help the audience broaden its horizons and develop their understanding of higher education in international context. It will introduce many different institutions that employ the liberal arts and sciences model and help the audience answer many burning questions gradually, allowing space for their own judgment. It will seek to explain many tough concepts in a newbie-friendly way and in an engaging manner for people with various backgrounds and experiences.

The course instructor is Daniel Kontowski, SAS Head of Education. In addition, the course will feature the following guest lecturers:

From 4th February until 24th of March 2020.

Tuesday and Thursday from 7:15 PM to 8:45 PM (some lectures will be rescheduled for holidays, see the updates here).

The course is taught in English. Participants will receive a certificate of course completion issued by SAS if they attend regularly. 

Online broadcast on SAS YouTube channel.