First master's in Publishing set up in Russia

Monday, 02 March 2009

Oxford Brookes and Moscow State University of Printing Arts look to future of Russian publishing.

The rapidly expanding publishing industry in Russia is getting set to skill up its professional workforce with the help of Oxford Brookes University.

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies based at Brookes has established the first master’s in Publishing in Russia together with Moscow State University of Printing Arts.

Developed under the Bridge Project designed to increase collaboration between Russian and UK universities, the two institutions have worked closely together for the past four years to develop the degree.

The programme is designed to equip publishers from book, magazine and newspaper publishing to operate in a fast-moving environment full of competitive and technological challenges.

Head of Publishing at Oxford Brookes, Angus Phillips, said: “The publishing industry in Russia is keen to embrace new ways of thinking and our partnership is an exciting development.

“The commercial market has changed significantly in Russia with the transition from state-controlled to private ownership, and book and magazine publishers are keen to open themselves up to international ways of doing things.

“The industry is crying out to professionalise itself but change doesn’t happen over night and it’s about getting the right skills in place. It’s an ideal time to be setting up a creative and innovative industry-focused qualification examining key commercial and publishing skills.”

The Rector of Moscow State University, Professor Alexander Tsyganenko, will be visiting Oxford Brookes on Thursday 5 March to celebrate the partnership with Oxford Brookes and the launch of the first master’s degree in Publishing in Russia.

Prof Tsyganenko said: “I am delighted that after several years of working together, I will be coming to Oxford to sign the agreement between our two institutions. The new Master’s programme is designed to raise the level of professionalism of the publishing industry in Russia. The publishing industry in Russia is expanding rapidly. For our university this is a wonderful opportunity to draw on the experience and reputation of Oxford Brookes University in the field of publishing studies."

Forty-seven students are studying for the master’s and will graduate with an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes and its equivalent from Moscow State University of Printing Arts.

The project to set up the new master’s won funding of £58,000 from the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, the British Council, and the Russian National Training Foundation, as part of the Bridge Project.