Interdisciplinary Approach to Student Exchange. The Case of ITMO University


Interdisciplinarity and arising from it an interdisciplinary study approach have long been known to positively influence the science and innovation evolvement. Being a response to the global market demands, interdisciplinarity encourages higher education to revise and modernise curriculum plans which are still placed within borders of one discipline. As the result, higher education institutions are gradually implementing interdisciplinary programs and nurturing the generation of global citizens who possess and utilise professional competences, skills and knowledge at the cross-section of disciplines. The paper includes a literature review of an interdisciplinary approach exercised by leading world higher education institutions and, in particular, by ITMO University, Russia. Furthermore, it demonstrates the application of this approach upon the practice of a student exchange. The choice of ITMO University is advocated by its increasing emphasis towards interdisciplinarity at the master's level and elimination of background requirements for a student admission. In the framework of the work, an interdisciplinary student exchange is viewed as an applicable platform for attending courses from a different discipline, and is asserted to facilitate a prudent choice of a professional track and students’ competitiveness in the labor market.

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Ekaterina Rassolenko, ITMO University, Russia
Aleksandra Krivonogova, ITMO University, Russia

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Conference: ACEID2019
Stream: Interdisciplinary

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