School of Education is a project created by the Universal University, a major Russian university for creative industries. From 2003 we have paid special attention to researching latest teaching approaches and introducing progressive, evidence-based teaching methods to creative education.

Since its foundation, the University has served as a platform for creating a new educational landscape and rethinking traditional approaches. Our goal is to share the expertise we have accumulated at the Universal University to add to the education of the future.

about the school

university faculties

School of Education teachers

Sonya Smyslova
Programme Director and Curator of the School of Education
Darya Ilishkina
Co-curator of the School of Education, postgraduate student at Maastricht University, pedagogical designer, co-author of CRAFT / ED
Aram Pakhchanyan
Curator of the programme "Management and leadership in education", programme director, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ayb Foundation
Renata Gizatulina
Instructional designer, consultant and curator of educational programs
Alexander Nenashev

Head of bureau

Alexander Fenin

Product Researcher of the Digital School Platform by Sberbank
Victoria Elkina
Head of BIOCAD Corporate University
Ekaterina Cherkes-zade
Rector of Universal University
Asya Fursova
Dean of the School of Education

Anastasia Serazetdinova

Deputy director of assessment and learning dynamics in school "Olympus-plus"
Alexander Grigoriev
Class Supervisor and English Teacher at The New School
Mikhail Sverdlov
CBDO Skypro, former Skyeng content director
Наргиз Асадова
Member of the governing team of the European Gymnasium
Ekaterina Saminskaya
Designer of educational experience in Yandex.Practicum
Alexander Sychev
Director of Presium Education, lecturer at SKOLKOVO Business School
Galina Turchak
Andragog, Narrative Practitioner, Skillbox Learning Assistant
Petr Mazaev
Historian, head of the Social Sciences department at Khoroshkola, founder of Cultural Projects Laboratory
Irina Sergeeva
BSHD tutor, Chief Marketing Officer at Sber Design School
Ian Craig
Professor at UCL Institute of Education and University of Buckingham
Alexey Golubitskiy
Head of the "School of the Future", a public school in Bolshoye Isakovo village
Tatiana Khavenson
Director of the Department of Educational Programmes, HSE Institute of Education
Natalia Aksakova
Head of Managing Director Office, SAP Russia
Sergey Kazarnovsky
Head of the education center No. 686 "Class-Center", a public school
Anton Tkachenko
Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Head of the Tutoring Service of the Private School "Golden Section", Methodist of the program "Teacher for   Russia"
Natalia Belova
Psychologist of the Private School "Golden Section", methodologist of the program "Teacher for # nbsp; Russia" and # nbsp; educational project "Noogen. Educational extreme ".
Katerina Polivanova
Academic Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary Childhood, Institute of Education, National Research HSE University
Lily Brainis
Director of the Shalash Charitable Foundation, social psychologist and pedagogue
Alexander Minkin
Head of the game solutions studio "Noon"
Marina Harahordina
Head of the methodical department Skillbox
Artem Gusev
Verb Founder, TEDx Organizer
Maxim Scriabin
Director of Education, PostNauka.Academy
Daria Vasyanina
Product owner LIME, ex-Skillbox senior product manager
Natalya Vorobieva
CPO at GoPractice Inc.
Elena Lopatina
Product Director at Sistema Charitable Foundation, ex-Marketing Director Yandex Uchebnik
Elena Bulin-Sokolova
General Director of the ANO "Center for the Development of the Educational Environment"
Dmitry Abbakumov
Head of the Center for Psychometrics and Educational Analytics, Yandex Practicum
License for educational activities No. 040244

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school values
ability to learn
We believe that educators embody life-long learning. Their programmes enhance self-directed learning skills and equip students with the tools to keep learning long after the course ends.
understanding the context and critical thinking
We are certain that education reflects and informs the reality. Therefore, all our educational programmes develop the skills crucial to understand, analyze, and interpret the nuances of the contemporary world and the world of the future.
learner-centered approach
We begin the design of our courses with people in mind. We create organic, learner-centered educational environments and pass this value to our students.
creative thinking
In a world that already has everything but still demands new solutions, the skill to reinvent education is critical. We aim to instill the audacity to rethink the reality in all our students.
learning from the community
We strive to shape our students into the community of fellow-thinkers, the community of people who value one another's contribution to learning and who recognize the importance to maintain this value in their own lives.
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