In the new academic year, the StrAU Institute of the Human Digital Age includes 8 autonomous interdisciplinary Master’s programmes, which enrolled 91 students. Some freshmen will study remotely, and the Institute has specially created new mechanisms of organizing studies for them .
The main feature of autonomous Master’s programmes is that they do not belong to a particular faculty. Each of them is attached to a laboratory or a research centre and allows the student to get an interdisciplinary education that is especially in demand today.
All programmes of the Institute of the Human of the Digital Age are aimed at studying a person’s integration into a digital society and adaptation to digital technologies or their active use. In total, more than 150 people, who are from 18 regions of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Iraq, study in this Master's programme.
Especially for these 8 Master’s programmes, new mechanisms for organizing training were developed. In particular, online courses will play an important role in the curriculum of undergraduates of the Institute of the Human in the Digital Age.
- All the students at the Institute have different tasks: One, for example, is engaged in virtual reality, and the other is gaming, - says Galina Mozhaeva, Executive Director of the StrAU. - It is not expedient to create separate courses for each of them. Therefore, we provide the basic programme, and one or two special or elective courses that students get at online platforms.
Within the Institute, a common bank of courses was formed. Students in all 8 programmes have the opportunity to attend them, if this is justified by their individual learning trajectories or personal interest. Now a common bank of interdisciplinary projects is being formed, so that students of different Master's programmes can work together. Great attention will be given by the training office to helping undergraduates in selecting competitions and grants and processing applications for them.
In addition, an entrepreneurial track for students is developing with the efforts of the Innovation Department and the Institute of Economics and Management, so that undergraduates will be able to try themselves as entrepreneurs.