Two-Level System Of Higher Education Signed Into Law
The new law establishes two levels of higher professional education – a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, while keeping Russia's old “specialist training” program. Bachelor's degree programs can be completed in 3 or 4 years. Specialist training programs are 5 year courses which do not require the completion of a bachelor program to begin. Specialist training programs are intended for certain knowledge-intensive professions such medicine and engineering. The master’s program consists of 1-2 years of study after the completion of the bachelor or specialist degree.
According to the law, students will enroll into higher education establishments on a competitive basis separately for bachelor degree programs, specialist training, and master’s programs. A list of fields of study, for which “specialist degrees” will be offered will be established by the Russian government at a later date.
The Kremlin press service announced that the President of Russia has signed the federal law “On introducing changes to several legislative acts of Russian Federation (with regard to establishing levels of higher professional education),” passed by the State Duma on October 11 and approved by the Federation Council on October 17, 2007.
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