Only a truly well-educated person can live in our chaotic world of accelerated change and increased unpredictability while maintaining the ability to resist manipulation. A truly well-educated person is not a narrowly-trained “specialist,” “professional,” but a person understanding the complexity of the true nature of things.
For true understanding one needs versatility of knowledge, social wisdom and good breeding. Education is the constituent part of training which remains with us after graduating, even when we forget all those subjects we studied and exams we successfully passed. What remains? Creative abilities, a deep appreciation of the high value of knowledge, and the understanding of what particular piece of knowledge we need at this or that moment of our life and where we can find it.
The educational ideal of Moscow University for the Humanities is a truly well-educated person with a degree of real worth. We would like to give our students not only knowledge but understanding, to make them not only educated but well-bred. We prepare our students not only for finding employment, but for long professional careers, during which they can change jobs and yet every time find themselves once again well-prepared due to the skills obtained at the University.
This mission is extremely difficult. But we do not wait until some great man shows us the way to achieve it and tells us what to do. We work, and as a result we achieve great success. Crucial changes and the way to success start with small initiatives. To light your own star is the lifetime goal for everyone. We advance and others follow us.
Igor M. Ilyinsky,
Rector of Moscow University
for the Humanities