The 5-100 Project Office (Russian Academic Excellence Project) has launched a new site studyinrussia.ru, aimed at attracting people from other countries to Russian institutions of higher education. It is designed for international students and their parents. For the first time, all the necessary information about studying in the leading universities of Russia is gathered in a single resource.
It offers to the users a unique option of a quick search of training programmes. Now descriptions of the more than 2,800 programmes of higher and postgraduate education are available on the website. Another innovation is a step by step guide to entering a Russian university, presented in the form of infographics. An applicant can easily find a list of the required documents, information on quotas for free education, and competitions and events in the sphere of education.
Alexander Povalko, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, commented the new initiative:
- Internationalization, including attracting the best students from other countries, is the one of the most important directions of development of Russian universities participating in the 5-100 project. According to the statistics, in the 2014/2015 academic year, more than 220,000 international students studied at Russian universities, and for some universities participating in the 5-100 project, this indicator reached 20% of the total enrollment, which corresponds to the indicators of the best world universities. We hope that with the Study in Russia site more young students will be able to enjoy the benefits of higher education in Russia.
The site will help a prospective student to quickly choose a university, a level of education, and an area of education, to learn about the cost of a particular programme, and even to get tested for proficiency in the Russian language. The information is presented in 3 languages: Russian, English, and Chinese.
A separate section is devoted to the conditions of life and study in Russia. All the necessary information about the dormitories, transport, student benefits, medical care, food, leisure, climate, and other topics are collected here. With the help of Study in Russia site, even people who are not familiar with Russia will be able to get a full picture of the Russian system of higher education, including the history and traditions, statistics, and the positions of the universities in the rankings. The site has accounts on the major social networks - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, VKontakte, Google+, and also a channel on Youtube.
34% of international students and 28% of graduate students relied on the recommendations of those who have previously studied in Russia in their selection of a country for study. This was shown by a survey conducted by the Social Research Centre in the spring of 2015, whose respondents were about 4,000 international students studying in our country. In a special section of the website Study in Russia, current and former students share their experiences of learning in Russia.