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Contemporary Area Studies: Dr. Dmitry Streltsov

On January 25, 2022 the School of International Regional Studies of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, HSE University within the framework of the permanent online seminars «Contemporary Area Studies», organized a meeting with Dmitry Streltsov, Professor, Ph.D. of Historical Sciences, Head of the Department of Oriental Studies of the Faculty of International Affairs of MGIMO University, Chairman of the Interregional Public Organization "Association of Japanese Studies".

The seminar was moderated by Dr. Vera Vishnyakova – Associate Professor, Head of the School of International Regional Studies, HSE University.

Dr. Dmitry Streltsov devoted his speech to the specifics in education of regional studies specialists. At the beginning the speaker talked about the modernization of this field in MGIMO University. A time ago education was more theoretical, but since the reorganization the Faculty of International Affairs has provided comprehensive education of specialists in regional studies both in theoretical and practical fields. This is also reflected in the master’s program “Economy and policy of world regions”, which supervisor is Dr. Dmitry Streltsov.

In the continuation the speech was dedicated to the specific characteristics of regional studies in MGIMO. Firstly, Dr. Dmitry Streltsov told about curriculum of the master’s program. It has a number of modules and combines both theoretical and practical aspects. The program is divided into two specializations: Asia-Africa and Europe-America. The program provides basic courses, including the new course Issues of methodology and historiography. Then there are compulsory courses, which are mirrored for both specializations. In addition, a wide range of optional subjects is provided.

The final part was about books used for education in regional studies. They were created for particular courses or were included into curriculum later. Textbooks and monographs presented during the speech are devoted to countries and regions of Asia and Africa or to contemporary science issues as it is required by the discourse.

After Dr. Dmitry Streltsov’s speech, a Q&A session was held on the topic of specific education of regional studies specialists in orientology.