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NSU MA Graduate Research Helps Assess Poverty in Zambia

Owen Siyoto, an MA graduate of the Big Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence Program at the NSU Mechanics and Mathematics Department, completed a thesis applying the learning transfer and ridge regression concepts to satellite imagery to predict poverty in Zambia. He assessed the Zambia Welfare Index using survey data, satellite imagery, and machine learning methods and yielded results comparable to similar work done in other countries.

QS includes 3 universities-organizers of the Open Doors in Inaugural Engineering – Petroleum Ranking

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based global provider of services and analytics to higher education institutions, has increased the number of its subject rankings to 51, adding Engineering – Petroleum, Geology, and Geophysics to the list. The inaugural Engineering – Petroleum league table features three universities-organizers of the Olympiad.

Universities-organizers of the Olympiad Gain Ground in QS World University Rankings

A total of 28 Russian universities now rank among the world's best, up from 25 last year, according to the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings.

Universities-organizers of the Olympiad launch new master's programs

As they gear up for the 2020/2021 enrollment campaign, which will be conducted online, Universities-organizers of the Olympiad are advertising innovative degree programs to be launched in the fall semester.

Russian Universities and Their Industry Partners to Employ More Students During Pandemic

With shopping malls and grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants closed for business and other coronavirus restrictions in place, students are struggling to keep their jobs and income. Russian universities, including Open Doors organizers, have started actively employing their own students to help them get through the difficult times.

QS Rankings by Faculty and Subject place Open Doors organizing universities among the world's best

On March 4, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based global higher education company released the latest edition of the World University Rankings by Faculty and Subject. A total of 22 Russian universities, including 13 Open Doors Olympiad organizers, feature in the faculty ranking. 

Eight universities-organizers of the Open Doors entered the THE Emerging Economies University Rankings.

In all, 19 universities-organizers have achieved a ranking. 

Winners and prize-winners announced

The day has come! We are finally revealing the names of Open Doors Olympiad winners and prize-winners. You can find the lists on each of the Subject Area pages on our website.

The registration for the second round of Olympiad is closed

The second round, just like the first one, is held online. The participants take the Olympiad exam while supervised by a specialist. They’ll have 3 hours to complete the tasks.

The lists of participants who pass to final round of the Open Doors are published

The wait is over! We’ve published the lists of participants who pass to stage 2 of the Open Doors after the evaluation of the portfolios. 

The registration for Open Doors Olympiad is closed

On December 18, the registration for Open Doors-2020 Olympiad closed. Overall number of participants is 35 229 (1,5 times more than last year). They come from 191 countries (28 more than last year) and have completed 48 083 portfolios (78% more than last year).

40,000 participants have registered for the Open Doors Olympiad 2019

A little more than a week before Open Doors first stage ends, we have 40,000 participants from 183 countries. 

30,000 participants have registered for the Open Doors Olympiad 2019

With a little over three weeks to go before Open Doors first stage ends, the number of participants hits 30,000, adding another 10,000 applicants in less than weeks. They represent 179 different countries. 

Open Doors organizing universities make gains in the final batch of Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2020.

UK-based THE has today released the latest edition of its global university rankings for Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health, and Psychology. 

The number of participants hits 20,000

A little more than a month before Open Doors first stage ends, the number of participants hits 20,000, adding 10,000 applicants in only two weeks. They represent 166 different countries. 

Acquaintance with the universities: South Ural State University (SUSU)

See our Facebook post about SUSU, a SMART university which unites Europe and Asia.

Acquaintance with the universities: Lobachevsky State University (UNN)

See our Facebook post about Lobachevsky State University, one of the leading classical research universities in Russia.

Acquaintance with the universities: Sechenov University

See our Facebook post about Sechenov University, the first and oldest medical school in Russia

Two universities-organizers of the Olympiad feature among the world’s 100 best universities Times Higher Education’s subject rankings

November 6, 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) has released THE World University Rankings by subjects: Business & Economics, Education, Law, and Social Sciences. Russia is represented by eight universities, six of which are universities-organizers of the Olympiad.

Acquaintance with the universities: RUDN

See our Facebook post about People’s Friendship University RUDN, a place where both students‌ ‌and‌ ‌academics‌ ‌alike are ‌free‌ ‌to‌ ‌pursue‌ ‌their‌ ‌learning,‌ ‌teaching,‌ ‌and‌ ‌research‌ ‌activities‌ ‌without‌ ‌being‌ ‌subject‌ ‌to‌ political‌ ‌context.

Acquaintance with the universities: Samara University

See our Facebook post about Samara University, the leading Russian higher education institution focusing on aerospace science.

Acquaintance with the universities: Kazan University

See our Facebook post about Kazan University, Russia’s second oldest higher education institution after Moscow University, founded in 1804.

Acquaintance with the universities: The Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (IKBFU)

See our Facebook post about IKBFU, a university in the westernmost Russian region that strives to maintain and spread academic and research traditions of its predecessor – the Albertina University of Königsberg.

10,000 participants have registered for the Open Doors Olympiad 2019

Only a third of Open Doors first stage has passed, but more than 10,000 participants from 162 countries have already registered for the Olympiad. To put this in context, a year ago there were only 3,5K participants at this point.

Acquaintance with the universities: St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO)

See our Facebook post about ITMO, the leader in the fields of IT and Photonics in Russia and beyond.

14 Open Doors Scholarship Project member universities feature in the U.S. News' Best Global Universities overall rankings

A total of 14 Open Doors Scholarship Project member universities feature in the latest edition of U.S. News' Best Global Universities overall rankings. 

See our Facebook post for the complete list and all the details!

Acquaintance with the universities: The Higher School of Economics (HSE)

See our Facebook post about HSE, one of the largest, and at the same time youngest universities in Russia.

Acquaintance with the universities: Tyumen State University (UTMN)

See our Facebook post about UTMN, the first university in Tyumen oblast and currently one of the leading universities in a prosperous oil-producing region.

Acquaintance with the universities: Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)

See our Facebook post about the largest Russian university in the Far East, its areas of research, possibilities offered to foreign students and also unforgettably beautiful Vladivostok.

Acquaintance with the universities: National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI"

See our Facebook post about one of the leading Russian universities in its field, its areas of research and possibilities offered to foreign students.

Acquaintance with the universities: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

See our Facebook post about one of the leading Russian universities in its field, its areas of research and possibilities offered to foreign students.

Acquaintance with the universities: Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University

Visit Open Doors Facebook page to get acquainted with Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and it's master's programs in English 

Open Doors 2020: Russian scholarship project for master’s program applicants is launched

It is the third year the Russian Federation has organized the Open Doors International Olympiad. Winners and prize-winners of the Olympiad can choose any field of study from one of the subject areas of the Olympiad and one or several universities in Russia running the Master’s program of their choice.

Subjects of the OpenDoors
More information and a handful of useful downloads is available through the links below. The materials include demos of tasks and program of the final stage of the competition, as well as the list of program tracks for subsequent master's degree:
Schedule
October 5th, 2019
October 5th, 2019
Registration
Hurry up to register and fill out all the information you need to participate in the Open Doors.
October 8th - December 18th, 2019
October 8th - December 18th, 2019
Portfolio filling
Prepare your portfolio. All research papers, certificates, awards and honors that you have ever received are of value. Please include all achievements in the selected subject area in your portfolio to increase your chances of success.
December 18th, 2019
December 18th, 2019
Deadline for portfolio submission
You will not be able to edit your portfolio after the deadline. While waiting for the result of your portfolio review, you can use a system of automatic assessment to estimate your approximate score. The system will be available in your personal account.
December 19th - 29th, 2019
December 19th - 29th, 2019
Grading of the portfolios
December 30th, 2019
December 30th, 2019
Announcement of the portfolio competition results
January 15th - 30th, 2020
January 15th - 30th, 2020
Final round
Winners of the portfolio competition are welcome to participate in the final round in the selected subject area. Here’s the detailed schedule:
Business and Management - January 15th, 2020.
Engineering and Technology - January 16th, 2020.
Computer and Data Science - January 17th, 2020.
Economics - January 18th, 2020.
Biology - January 21st, 2020.
Political Science - January 22d, 2020.
Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence - January 23d, 2020.
Linguistics and Modern Languages - January 24th, 2020.
Psychology - January 25th, 2020.
Chemistry - January 27th, 2020.
Physics - January 28th, 2020.
January 15th - February 9th, 2020
January 15th - February 9th, 2020
Grading of the final round of the competition
February 10th, 2020
February 10th, 2020
Announcement of the final round results
February 11th - 18th, 2020
February 11th - 18th, 2020
Appeal process
February 20th, 2020
February 20th, 2020
Announcement of the Open Doors winners
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FAQ
1
What does 'Subject area' mean?
Subject area is the field of knowledge that covers groups of programme tracks a Master's student can follow. The area of science you would like to specialize in, to be short.
2
What do I do if I win?
First, select a Master's programme in the subject area you are a winner in. Then, choose one or several universities that offer Master's programmes in this track.
3
What language will I study in?
After confirming your proficiency in English or Russian, you can study in that language. If you need to improve your Russian, you will be offered a Russian language preparatory course.
4
Will I have to pay a tuition fee?
Your tuition fee will be paid by the Russian Federation. You will only have to cover your travel and accommodation costs, insurance and personal expenses.
5
Can I enroll in any programme I want?
You will be enrolled in a specialization indicated in your registration form. Within this specialization you can choose any programme applicable for foreign students.