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WHAT CERTIFICATE WILL I RECEIVE UPON THE END OF THE STUDIES?

Upon the program’s end, each student will receive two re-training certificates: urban planning certificate from the MARCH Moscow School of Architecture, and state and municipal administration certificate from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

If desired, the student can transfer the credits received as a part of the New Leaders in Regional Development program to the RANEPA Мaster of Рublic Аdministration (MPA) program. However, in order to receive the MPA degree, students will need to complete the program and pass the RANEPA qualification tests.

IS KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH REQUIRED?

Foreign experts will participate in the program. There will be lectures and workshops in English as a part of strategic sessions. Thus, basic knowledge of English is desired but not mandatory. There will be simultaneous interpretation of the lectures of foreign experts into Russian. Daily instruction will be conducted in Russian. Student project defense and academic performance rating will also take place in Russian.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE A PORTFOLIO IN ORDER TO JOIN THE PROGRAM?

For architect applicants, a portfolio is mandatory. For applicants with non-architectural education and work experience, having a project/survey portfolio related to city and territorial development is desired. The portfolio must be sent to application@march.ru at least a few days before the interview date agreed upon by the organizers.

I AM NOT AN ARCHITECT. WHAT SHOULD MY PORTFOLIO CONSIST OF?

You can present your bachelor or master’s degree work or any other program-related research. We will be interested in any relevant documents you have developed during your professional experience, such as executive summaries, project reports, etc. Any portfolio document must contain a memo explaining your role in the preparation of the document, your functions, achievements in the project described, etc. Documents without the relevant notes and references to your authorship will not be considered.

CAN I COMBINE WORK AND STUDIES?

Yes. The program is designed specifically for working individuals. The lessons will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm and on Saturdays 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The amount of time you dedicate to self-study and out-of-classroom group work to create a territorial development project depends on your own motivation.

WHAT ARE THE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AFTER THE PROGRAM’S END? WHERE CAN I WORK AFTER THAT?

Your prospective employers include a wide range of stakeholders of city and territorial development, including construction companies, non-profit and volunteer organizations, regional development companies, and governmental agencies. Your employment opportunities will be determined primarily by your participation in workshops dedicated to development of actual territories and your communication with landowners, land users, investors, activists, etc. Your supervisors will be forward-minded developers and planners with extensive professional connections that may be beneficial to you. Your employment depends on your motivation to apply the opportunities, knowledge and practical skills that the program provides.

IS A DORMITORY PROVIDED FOR THE DURATION OF THE PROGRAM?

No.

WHERE WILL THE CLASSES BE HELD?

In the MARCH School at Artplay and RANEPA (the new building located on Prechistenskaya embankment). A number of lectures are planned at the sites of the program’s partners.