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Maria Yudkevich, Ivan Pavlyutkin, Igor Chirikov, Manja Klemencic and Philip G. Altbach (Eds). Higher Education in Russia and Beyond No.04: Physics and Lyrics: Disciplinary Divide in Post-Soviet Academia. HERB Issue 3(5), 2015. Pages: 28
Higher Education in Russia and Beyond is a bulletin that is aimed at bringing current Russian, Central Asian and Eastern European educational trends to the attention of the international higher education research community. The new issue zooms in on the subject of disciplinary discrepancies in different academic cultures in the post-Soviet period.
The authors explore the issues of student choices and learning experience, faculty’s publication activity, trends regarding new educational programs, and academic integrity. The authors analyse disciplinary dynamics and give a critical overview of the post-Soviet sectoral approach to higher education; they follow the development of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences in the Eastern Bloc during the period of separation from the global academic community to show how it is relevant to the discrepancies we see today.