Troy University officials have signed a formal agreement creating the University’s first dual-degree program in Russia.
Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., and V.S. Danyushenkov, rector of Vyatka State University of Humanities in Kirov, Russia, signed the agreement that will allow students from Vyatka State to begin either TROY’s bachelor of business administration degree or bachelor of science in environmental science degree at Vyatka, spending the final three semesters on the Troy Campus. When completed, students will be awarded a diploma from both Vyatka State and TROY.
“This agreement was built methodically and on a very strong foundation, but the most important aspect is the people-to-people dimension. As the world shrinks, it’s important that we develop new opportunities with other universities because in the future our students won’t be competing for ‘American jobs,’ but rather they will be competing for ‘jobs’,” Dr. Hawkins said.
The “3-plus-1” program is similar to other dual-degree programs the University operates with universities in the People’s Republic of China, but this is the first such program between TROY and a Russian university.
Under the agreement, Vyatka State students must meet the same Troy University admissions standards as other students. Vyatka State is required to handle recruiting and selection of students to attend the program and ensure the required hours are completed before transferring to TROY – including providing TROY with translated course transcripts. Vyatka State is also responsible for following TROY’s approved curriculum for both degrees.
In return, Troy University will facilitate the visa process and allow Vyatka State transfer students who otherwise meet eligibility requirements to enroll in the University’s American English Group to gain English-language proficiency. In addition, the University will collect tuition and related fees from transfer students for the fourth year of study on the Troy Campus.
Vyatka State and TROY share similar backgrounds, both with roots in teacher education and both expanding their missions to include more diverse disciplines and fields. Danyushenkov said that commonality poises both institutions for success.
“I think you can compare TROY and Vyatka as two drops of water that come together and build a river,” Danyushenkov said. “And this river will strengthen the relationship between two countries.”