Online Registration for the HSE International Youth Olympiad-2020 Now Open

HSE University will hold its regular, seventh Olympiad for the 2019/2020 academic year from October 24 to October 31, 2019.

Participation in the International Youth Olympiad-2020 (IYO-2020) is free of charge.

Participants of the IYO-2020 may choose between an on-campus (offline) mode and an off-campus (online) mode of participation.

Foreign (non-Russian) citizens, stateless persons or Russian nationals living abroad are invited to take part in the Olympiad, namely:

high-school students studying in the 10th or in 11th grades (or in the 11th or the 12th grades for those pursuing a 12-year school programme, respectively);

those who have graduated from international comprehensive schools or currently study in international colleges and are under 30 years of age.

Foreign citizens residing in Russia and who are under 30 years of age are also invited to take part in the competition.

The Olympiad will cover the following fields of study: English, Asian Studies, Design, Journalism, History (World History), Cultural Studies, Mathematics, Media Communications, International Relations, Law, Psychology, Advertising and Public Relations, Social Sciences (Person. Society. State), Modern Politics, Physics, Philology, and Philosophy. (Please note that the competitions in the following subjects will be held in Russian only: Advertising and Public Relations, Design and Philology).

The Olympiad winners and laureates who apply for admission to study at HSE University in 2020 will be entitled to a full scholarship (within a quota) of the Russian Government to study in degree programmes at the Bachelor’s / Specialist level at HSE University, provided that they comply with application requirements which will be made available on the International Youth Olympiad’s website in November-December of 2019.

Detailed information about the Olympiad registration procedure and rules for taking part in the webinars are available on the International Youth Olympiad’s website

TSU has opened a VR laboratory

TSU has opened the first Russian laboratory to develop IT solutions that will use virtual and augmented reality for teaching, conducting research, and creating new breakthrough technologies that increase production efficiency, at the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

This project is pioneering not only for Russia but also for the world, because previously such platforms were used primarily for scientific research. For educational purposes, programs with VR/AR tools are created only by request of large corporations for corporate training. The open platform UniVRsity, which the TSU laboratory is currently working on, will use the unlimited possibilities of the virtual world to train schoolchildren, students, and employees of commercial and governmental organizations.

Along with this, the new laboratory will serve as a platform for training IT specialists with a new orientation, the need for which is increasing dramatically In Russia's transition to a digital economy. In September 2019, the TSU Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science will launch a Master's program that will train professionals who are able to create new applications and services for work in virtual and mixed reality.


Russian Research in Scopus and WoS: Refusing to Sacrifice Quality for Quantity

How highly is Russian science rated by the international academic community, and is there evidence that government support has been an important driver behind an increase in Russian universities’ publication output? A brief study of the Scopus and Web of Science (WoS) abstract and citation databases provides an answer.

To assess a country’s global academic standing in terms of its universities’ research activity, one can look at the number of publications in sources indexed by the international Scopus and WoS databases.

At the end of March 2019, Russian scientists authored over 98,000 publications in Scopus-indexed titles and over 75,800 publications in WoS-indexed ones.

Russia has been gradually improving its positions in Scopus over the past 15 years. The number of publications by Russian scientists included in the database rose from 36,650 in 2003 to 49,702 in 2013 to 89,449 in 2017. They were most numerous in such subject areas as physics and astronomy, engineering, materials sciences, chemistry and mathematics. Publications dealing with quarks, neutrinos and air conditioning and ventilation had the highest citation index (FWCI) value.

According to Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) data in InCites Benchmarking & Analytics (retrieved on March 11, 2019), Russian researchers published 382,935 papers in 2013-2018. This makes up 2.4% of a total of 16,051,825 major academic publications in WoS-indexed natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities journals and puts Russia in 15th place among 223 countries.