The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology decided to abandon plans for the compulsory study of Chinese by students and "return to the classic MIPT program of teaching foreign languages." This is stated in the statement of the university.
Earlier, students complained that the university is going to introduce compulsory Chinese instead of German, French or Spanish from the next academic year.
The decision to abandon Chinese at MIPT was explained by the fact that "the development of a consolidated opinion on the formats and volumes of teaching, jointly with the student community, has reached a dead end."
“In order not to get bogged down in discussions, and most importantly, not to drag out the transition period and give students the opportunity to study foreign languages at the traditionally high level for physics and technology, we decided to return to the classic foreign language teaching program for MIPT,” the statement says.
At the same time, the university management notes that “the decision to introduce Chinese as a second foreign language at MIPT was due to objective factors”, the university still considers this step timely and promising.