Over 56,000 Participants from 196 Countries Registered for Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project
The first stage of the Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project for prospective master’s and doctoral students has concluded. The winners of the competition get an opportunity to study at Russian universities for free. HSE University is among the most popular universities on the project.
HSE University hosts the competition’s project office, which coordinates the activities of 21 organising universities in the framework of the Global Universities Association. ‘HSE University is among the most popular universities. One out of six competition winners chooses HSE programmes,’ said Grigory Yazev, head of the competition project office, HSE Director for Strategic Academic Partnerships.
One in four participants intends to pass intellectual competitions in two or more of the 14 profiles offered at the contest. The applicants filled in a total of over 78,000 portfolios, and over 21,000 applicants expressed their interest in doctoral programmes at Russian universities.
The sixth Open Doors competition is underway. The second stage will take place in January 2023. The winners of the master’s track will be announced on February 10, 2023. The third stage (for doctoral track participants) will take place from February 23 to March 15. The winners will be announced on March 17, 2023.
The competition is Russia’s first project to attract talent to master’s and doctoral programmes at leading Russian universities. It covers almost every country in the world and makes Russian higher education visible on the global market, helping it compete for the best applicants.
Over 90% of participants are from Asian and African countries. Surveys show that applicants consider studying in Russia on par with going to Australia, the UK, Germany, Canada, China, and the US, which have traditionally appealed to prospective students. Interest in the competition has remained high over the last three years, regardless of the political situation and COVID-related limitations. Open Doors has a master’s and a doctoral track. The master’s track competition is organised in two rounds. The first round is a competition of portfolios for participants who have passed the automated entrance testing. Applicants who successfully pass the first selection stage are invited to the second round for a problem-solving challenge. In addition to the first two rounds, participants of the doctoral track have an interview with their potential academic supervisors. If the interview is successful, participants choose an academic supervisor out of those who have expressed a willingness to work with them.
The competition covers 14 subjects in Russian and English. Successful applicants can gain the status of competition winner for further studies in Russian or English at a Russian university. Open Doors winners get an opportunity to study for free thanks to a Russian government scholarship, as well as other additional opportunities offered by universities.
Open Doors is highly competitive: only one in ten participants (6,500 applicants) passes the first round and goes on to participate in the problem-solving challenge.
The Open Doors Olympiad has been organised since the 2017/18 academic year by Global Universities Association members.
Over 245,000 students from 197 countries took part in the five past Olympiads; 2,800 of them won the opportunity to study at Russia’s best universities. Since the launch of the Olympiad, interest in it has been growing: compared to 2017, the number of participants has grown 5.5 times, the number of countries represented by applicants has increased by 25%, and the number of portfolios has grown by ten times.
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On March 16, the results of the Open Doors International Olympiad for master’s and doctoral applicants were announced. The competition is organised by the Association of Global Universities with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo). HSE University is one of the Olympiad’s organisers and the site of its distributed project office.
Wai Yan Phyo Naing first came to HSE University from Myanmar to enrol in a master’s programme at the Faculty of World Economy and World Affairs in 2015. After graduation, he decided to pursue a PhD at the Doctoral School of International and Regional Studies. On February 16, 2023, he successfully defended his dissertation on ‘Evolution of Myanmar’s Policy Towards China (1988–2020)’.
Majid Sohrabi is a 28 year-old student from Iran currently enrolled in a doctoral programme at the HSE University Faculty of Computer Science. Before starting his PhD, he graduated with honours from the university’s Master of Data Science programme. In addition to studying, he also works as an assistant at the School of Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence and a research assistant at the Laboratory for Models and Methods of Computational Pragmatics.
Ion Frecautan chose to pursue his doctoral studies at HSE University because of its reputation as a leading research university and its extensive academic infrastructure. With the latest enrolment campaign for doctoral schools now underway, we spoke to Ion about his green finance research at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, his activities as a lecturer, and more.
On February 1, 2023, HSE University will open admissions to its doctoral schools. The Doctoral School of Economics has held a webinar for prospective students, which attracted participants from various parts of the world. Materials and feedback from the webinar, as well as information on applications, are now available on the Faculty of Economic Sciences website.
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Doctoral Students Need the Support of Not Only Their Academic Supervisor, but Also of Other Faculty Staff
To successfully defend a doctoral dissertation, PhD candidates need not only the support of their academic supervisor and close friends and relatives, but also system-wide assistance from the university department or faculty where they study. However, HSE University researchers have found that such support can take different forms and that each has a different effect on how confident a student feels in their ability to successfully defend their dissertation. The results of their study were published in the journal Higher Education Quarterly.