Studying history of Russia and China, comparing trends of development and cultural traditions is an area of historical knowledge much in demand in the society. The programme combines fundamental theoretical training, extensive multidisciplinary approach and different kinds of internship. As a result, it allows both to do research of the modern phenomena and processes running in both countries and to develop projects aimed at cooperation of Russia and China.
The programme is oriented to those who are interested in culture and history of China, prone to make comparative research, able to learn foreign languages and analyze documents and scientific literature, ready to put the acquired knowledge into practice when writing different texts, consulting and carrying out an expertise, scientific, cultural, managerial, public, international and teaching activities.
The specialists who cognize the fundamental patterns of the modern history, special features of cultures and mentalities of different peoples become intermediaries in their dialogue.
The curriculum includes two modules. The first year of studies is at Shandong University, the training is in Chinese; the second year is at RUDN University, the training is in Russian. Master’s thesis advising is joint (Russia, China). Chinese master’s students write their theses and present them in Russian and Russian students write and present theirs in Chinese. RUDN University and Shandong University award master’s diplomas recognized in PRC and Russia.
The programme allows to get acquainted with the Russian and Chinese scientific schools, with the experience of studying history, culture and modernization of both countries and to improve the knowledge of a foreign language in practice.
“Interdisciplinary approaches in historical science”, “Topical issues of historical research”, “History of economy of China of modern and contemporary times”; “Modern and contemporary social history of China”; “Historiography of history of China”; “History of modern relations of China and other countries”, “Computer technologies in historical research” “Introduction to cultural heritage”, “Methods of teaching history in a higher school”; “Main issues of history of Russia: theory and historiography”, “Russia in the modern world” and etc.
Special discussions, participation in the work of the scientific laboratory “Comparative analysis of history of Russia and other countries”, participation in international colloquia and conferences, writing reviews and articles for collections of scientific articles and journals including the ones indexed by the State Commission for the Academic Degrees and Titles. All the above mentioned taken together forms the future specialists’ competences. Masters have research, teaching and pre-graduation internship in international scientific and research, cultural and higher education institutions.
After completing the educational programme a graduate can carry out research work, work as an expert and analyst in different international, cultural and state institutions, non-governmental and political organizations, business structures; work in mass media, archives and museums; become a specialist in historical and cultural and educational tourism.
The graduates are capable to apply the acquired knowledge when making research of history of Russia and China to realize the modern cooperation between the two countries.
After their graduation master’s graduates can work as consultants, experts, employees of the information departments in Chinese institutions and joint Sino-Russian projects; as specialists in international organizations and foreign policy offices; in mass media, archives, museums, publishing houses, institutions of culture, as lecturers, specialists in historical and cultural and educational tourism.
In 2011-2013 I followed the joint master’s programmme of the RUDN University Department of History of Russia and Institute of History and Culture of Shandong University (PRC). After completing the studies I received two diplomas with distinction – a Russian diploma and a Chinese one. I managed to achieve such results to great extent owing to my scientific advisors both Russian and Chinese Professors Rafael Amirovich Arslanov and Van Guangzhen. In fact, my master’s studies played a decisive role in my decision about the further career development. They offered an opportunity to improve my Chinese and study the literature and sources in Chinese. Owing to all the above mentioned I defended my PhD thesis titled “Chinese policy of soft power towards Central Asian countries” in 2016. Now I’m working in the Department of Theory and History of International Relations at RUDN University and my activities are closely related to China.
Joint master’s programme «Modern trends of history of Russia and China: comparative approach» is unique in its essence and significance. Training in Moscow allowed me to plunge into the realities of another country, study Russian history and culture, understand the specificity of the Russian language, gain my first experience of working abroad. The fact that I could use e-library and analyze Russian and Chinese sources allowed me to write my master’s thesis in Russian and Chinese. In 2017 I have defended my PhD thesis titled “Evolution of Russian and Chinese relations in energy area” at RUDN University.