13 декабря 2019  |  
8:53 PM  August 13, 2019

Three new master's programs in English appeared at TPU

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийThree new master's programs in English appeared at TPU

TOMSK, Aug 13 – RIA Tomsk. Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) launched 16 new master's programs in 2019, including three – in English, the TPU Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Alexander Vagner told RIA Tomsk on Tuesday.

In English

"This year 16 new (master's) programs were opened. <...> In addition, we open and develop programs in English, which our students and foreign students study in. Three new programs are open this year", – Vagner said.

He added that in total there are 18 programs in English in the university. Every year they are processed and updated. New programs – are Nuclear Science and Technology, Materials Science and Physics.

He also noted that 10% of all classes at TPU are held in English. They are led by about 100 people – foreigners or teachers who have studied at foreign universities.

"English in the technical field – is a specific, complicated thing ... The university has long understood that entering the international arena, international competition with other universities without English language is impossible", – the interlocutor of the agency noted.

Master's program – is a challenge for the university

He also added that enrollment in a magistracy – is a challenge for the university every year. That is why every year some programs are added, and some leave. This year, for example, about 30 master's programs were closed: in some of them students were not interested.

Vagner said that the new master's programs (both in English and in Russian) are narrow-profile and practice-oriented, and specialists who prepare for them are in demand both in Russia and abroad. These are such programs as "Natural Gas Liquefaction Technologies and Industrial Heat Engineering", "Technosphere Security", "Digital Marketing", "Digital Energy" and others.

Vagner added that these programs are very popular, the competition for them is about 3 people per place. Last year, this figure was 2.2 people per place.

"I would not say that master's programs are not in demand. According to our statistics, 85% of our university students continue to study at the master's program. <...> Last year, out of about 950 graduated bachelor degree students, about 800 went to the master's program. And at all we have more than a thousand places (1242 state-funded places in a magistracy)", – the interlocutor of the agency told.

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