Adapting the Tuning Programme Profiles to the Needs of Russian Higher Education

  • Yevgeniya V. Karavayeva Lomonossov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
  • Yelena N. Kovtun Lomonossov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
Keywords: Bologna process, higher education reform in Russia, TUNING-compatible programme profiles


This article considers how TUNING-compatible programme profiles could be developed in the Russian Federation in the context of: on-going reform of the higher education; introduction of the new generation of Federal State Educational Standards (FSES); development of the new professional standards; implementation of a system of public accreditation of educational programmes; and a complex system of educational quality assessment. It also analyses the results of monitoring of the effectiveness of FSES implementation in the system of Russian higher education by the Association of the Classical Universities of Russia (ACUR) that identified a number of problems in the area of programme design and implementation related to drawbacks within the current FSES. Based on the experience gained during the implementation of the TUNING RUSSIA Project (2010-2013), this article demonstrates the usefulness of the TUNING basic principles and approaches and suggests the ways TUNING profile development methodology might be successfully adapted and applied for designing educational programmes in the course of the Russian higher education reform. Creating TUNING-model degree profiles may be crucial to aid the Russian higher education institutions in the development of the new educational programs. Brief but all-encompassing formulation of the aims and outcomes and specific characteristics of an educational programme, listing competences and learning outcomes could permit higher education institutions to move from trying to comply with standards and requirements, which are sent from above but are foreign to the institutions themselves, to adopting the principle of transparency and designing better and more competitive degrees.

Published online: 4 July 2014


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Author Biographies

Yevgeniya V. Karavayeva, Lomonossov Moscow State University, Russian Federation

Yevgeniya Karavaeva is Deputy Vice Rector of Lomonossov Moscow State University (Russia), Executive Director of the Association of the Classical Universities of Russia (ACUR). She has a PhD degree in Physics and Mathematics (Lomonosov Moscow State University). Her research focuses on the modernisation of Higher Professional Education, including the adaptation of the European methodological approaches to the Russian educational environment, and University Management and Quality Control. Between 2005 and 2012 she coordinated more than 10 research projects on innovation in education. From 2006 to 2007, Dr. Karavaeva was a member of the Task Force of the Russian Ministry of Science and Education that designed and developed a new model ‘Federal Educational Standard’. She participates in a number of international projects, including TUNING Project, in the field of higher education and has published more than 50 articles on the development of higher education and innovation in education in Russia and abroad.

Yelena N. Kovtun, Lomonossov Moscow State University, Russian Federation

Yelena Kovtun is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Philology at the Lomonossov Moscow State University (Russia) and Chair of Slavic and Central European Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities. Her research activities focus on Slavic culture and literature, theory and history of science fiction, and methodological approaches to the modernization of Russian higher education. She has more than 20 years of experience in working with the Curriculum Development Association in classical university education as the Secretary and Deputy Chair of the Council on Curriculum Development in Philology. Since 2000 she participates in a number of international projects in the field of higher education, including adaptation of the European teaching methods in Russia. She is an expert of the Association of Classical Universities of Russia (ACUR) and participates in the TUNING RUSSIA project. Dr. Kovtun holds a PhD in Philology (Lomonossov Moscow State University, Russia).


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How to Cite
Karavayeva, Yevgeniya V., and Yelena N. Kovtun. 2014. “Adapting the Tuning Programme Profiles to the Needs of Russian Higher Education”. Tuning Journal for Higher Education 1 (1), 187-202.