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RANEPA and DOM.RF introduce Russia’s first bachelor course in urban design

RANEPA and DOM.RF introduce Russia’s first bachelor course in urban design

RANEPA’s School of Design has launched Urban Development Management, Russia’s first bachelor programme in urban design (RANEPA, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration).

The programme is based at the Department of Regional Development, created in 2009 by v. L. Glazychev, a prominent Russian urbanist, and aims at training experts in spatial development and urban planning, specialising in project management and urban studies, with an extensive background in science, humanities, sociology, and engineering in their aspects associated with urban development. A project-focused course layout will help students to gain the necessary skills and attitudes. The programme follows the Liberal Arts approach, where students are free to choose a minor (Economics, PR, Political Studies, Law, Social Studies, Journalism, Linguistics, Psychology, Architecture, etc.) in their third year to develop a particular set of skills and become a unique expert in the field.

In 2018, the programme’s first year, 18 students enrolled in the course — school graduates from Moscow and other Russian regions. The relatively small number of students should ensure a more customisable and personalised approach to each student. DOM.RF provides scholarships to seven of those students — four with 50% allowance and three that cover 100% of the tuition fee. Tutor support is an integral part of the course — each group of students has a mentoring professor. Students are also offered a good choice of extracurricular language classes — all students learn English and another foreign language (German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese or Arabic). In several subjects, classes are delivered in English by both Russian and foreign professors.
Students have access to short- and long-term internship programmes with partner universities in the UK, Spain, China, Brazil, Canada, Germany, and other countries.


The course includes practical training and internships at leading urban development organisations such as DOM.RF, Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Moscow Committee for Architecture and Urban Development, RTDA architecture firm, URBAN St’14 design bureau, Creative Industries agency, and INTERARTS agency (Barcelona).


Programme curator: Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, First Deputy to Chair of the Moscow Committee for Architecture and Urban Development. Course director: Elena Zelentsova, PhD in Cultural Studies, Head of the v. L. Glazychev Department of Regional Development, Vice President and Director of Urban Development at Skolkovo Foundation.