Higher Educational Institutions in Moscow: Myths and Reality


Continuing to discuss on the pages of the IGUMO site the topic of education, let us consider the opinion of Aglitckij I., Ph.D. (Economy), Professor, Dean of the IGUMO Department of IT:

After the Soviet Union collapse the social priorities have changed. The new actual professions in the spheres of Economy, Management, Law, and Psychology replaced engineering specialties.

It is obvious that the demand defines the supply and that’s why at the post-Soviet area a great quantity of Private Educational Institutions (PEI) appeared. Sometime later paid departments appeared at the State Educational Institutions (SEI) as well.

The last 20 years the weakest Educational Institutions, their Branches and Departments have been closed down. Nevertheless, in Russia and in Moscow as well school-leavers should get answers to a lot of questions before making a decision which Institute to choose.

Myth 1: State Educational Institution teaches for free

Free education is conditional and the competition is always very high. It’s almost impossible to win the competition and state-financed grant. Of course, there is an opportunity in the conditions of demographic problems to get one of uninteresting and non-prestigious specialty for free. Thereby this advance of State Institution is imaginary as far as you can get perfect education and training at an adequate Private Educational Institution.

Myth 2: State Educational Institution has better Professors

Nowadays in Moscow every adequate staff professor of the State Educational Institution works at PEI. That is why the professor contingent of the Private Institutions is none the worse, but the consideration of professors for their students is much better.

Myth 3: National Higher Education Diploma of SEI is better

This view is most stereotyped. In fact, legally all of the Diplomas have the same power. Knowledge and skills are usually tested during an examination and interview of the candidates for the vacancy. That is why the qualification of the young specialists is defined by the quality of education and not by the Institute signboard.


There are a great amount of Institutions of Higher Education and the choice is very wide. Nevertheless there are several criteria which can’t be argued.

Here are the main of them:

Practical Experience. If the Institute works during 20 years, this can only mean that it works well. This fact is very important especially for the Private Educational Institutions which are not state-financed.

Institute Premises. The fact that an Institution has got its own premises is an important advance as well. An Institution which rents its premises is located today in one place and tomorrow — in quite another place.

Web-site. The advances of the Institute are always shown at its web-site. At the web-site of an Institute which has no advances there is only a map and information how to get it.

Professors. If at the Institute there is something and someone to be proud of, you can be sure – people will see them at the Institute web-site as well.

Events. If the Institute is active, the live of its students is active too. So far as the youth doesn’t study all the time, it has fun and entertainment as well.

To sum it up, it’s necessary to evaluate Institute offers reasonably and making a conscious choice to take into consideration the real interests and needs of the students.

And if after your having read and understood our views and ideas the Institute for the Humanities and IT appears to be among some other candidacies, this means that you have come to the right conclusion!