Students from over 20 Countries Begin Courses in HSE Online Master’s Programme
Classes in the Master of Data Science programme have recently begun. This is the first Master’s programme in Russia taught entirely online on Coursera global educational platform. All classes are conducted in English.
96 students have enrolled in the programme upon successfully passing the online qualifying exam in mathematics.
The new class comprises 62 students from Russia, 4 from Kazakhstan, 4 from India, 4 from China, 2 from Azerbaijan, 2 from Canada, 2 from the USA, 2 from Hong Kong, 2 from Japan, 1 from Germany, 1 from Mexico, 1 from the United Arab Emirates, 1 from Belarus, 1 from Indonesia, 1 from Colombia, 1 from Singapore, 1 from Uzbekistan, 1 from Ecuador, 1 from Tajikistan, 1 from France, and 1 from South Africa. The newly enrolled students range in age from 21 to 54.
Classes in the online master’s programme began on February 17. Students can complete the programme coursework from anywhere in the world while enjoying a flexible schedule and lower than average tuition costs. Students communicate with instructors in real time in chat rooms, video conferences, webinars, and online discussion forums. This real-time communication constitutes the main difference between HSE’s online master’s programme and a typical massive open online course (MOOC), where students study independently with minimal instructor contact.
The Master of Data Science Programme prepares students to pursue careers in modern data analysis, machine learning development, and data science research. The curriculum combines both theory and practice as students apply their newly acquired skills in real projects in the industry. The programme’s industry partner is the Russian multi-national tech company, Yandex.
‘The launch of an English-language online master's programme has become an interesting new experience for us. It was difficult to predict how it would go, simply because no one had done it before,’ says Vladimir Podolskii, programme academic supervisor. ‘It's nice to see that there is a demand for this type of programme among a wide range of applicants. We received a large number of applications, and, as a result, we have a very strong first class.’
HSE News Service spoke with students of the online English-taught master’s programme about why they chose to study in the programme.
I enrolled in this programme so I can apply the knowledge to my job—I have my own startup. I hope this journey will be fun!
My experience is not so vast—I have a degree in math and I used to work with data in an insurance company, but for the last several years my career was on hold due to personal reasons (I was a stay at home mom). I was doing a Data Analysis course and decided to go further and deeper— that's why I'm here. It's challenging for me, but I'm looking forward to new knowledge and skills!
Yuki Sakai, Japan
I am working for a Japanese conglomerate company as a business intelligence manager. Previously, I worked for an investment management company as a portfolio manager. I hope to create new business through this MSDS. In the meantime, I will take this opportunity to learn about Russian culture and economy.
I'm currently employed as a Senior Financial Analyst at a multinational organization and have over 5 years of international experience in various fields of corporate finance. However, I could not but notice the importance of technology and how it impacts every aspect of corporate world. I took part in implementing leading ERP systems and BI tools for my company and clients and it sparked my interest in computer science and big data in general. Hence, I decided to apply for the programme. I find it to be very challenging, but I look forward to a great journey!
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