1,700 International Participants Named Winners of Open Doors International Olympiad
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.
1,700 winners of the olympiad will be able to study at Russian universities for free under Russian government quotas for foreign citizens.
The Open Doors Olympiad is known all over the world. It is held every year for applicants of master's and doctoral programmes online in Russian or English at the choice of the participant.
Open Doors 2022–2023
21 organising universities
78,000 participants from 196 countries
Olympiad subjects cover 87 of the 252 areas of the international science map
750 employees involved in the distributed project office
Interest in Russian Studies (doctoral track)
In the first round of the olympiad, participants take entrance tests, prepare a motivation letter, and fill out their portfolio of achievements. In the second round, the selected participants solve olympiad tasks using proctoring technology. Doctoral applicants additionally undergo interviews with potential research supervisors representing the universities that host the olympiad. The winners are determined based on the competition results.
Irina Karelina, HSE University Vice President
The Open Doors Olympiad, created by the Association of Global Universities six years ago, offered a new product to the global market: intellectual competitions for young people, who get an opportunity to receive a quota from the Russian government and study for free on master's and doctoral programmes at Russian universities recognised on the global market. Studying at these universities means participating in the most advanced projects together with industrial partners, conducting fundamental and applied research with international specialists, and attending lectures from renowned professors and scientists who work at our universities.
The olympiad has a system of qualifying events that is understood on the global market and is available in a language comfortable for the participant. In addition, the online format, 24/7 service support in various communication channels, and the opportunity to enrol in programmes at leading Russian universities through the ‘one stop shop’ system have made Open Doors a prominent feature on the global market that attracts young international applicants from almost 200 countries.
Open Doors is held in 14 subject areas. The most popular subjects among international participants include ‘Business and Management’, ‘Engineering and Technology’, and ‘Computer and Data Science’. The most popular tracks are ‘Financial Management’, ‘Computer Science—Artificial Intelligence’, and ‘International Relations’. HSE University is one of the most popular universities among winners of the olympiad—more than 250 people have chosen it for their studies.
Despite the external political situation and COVID-19 restrictions, interest in the competition among international participants is growing. Compared to 2017, the number of participants has grown by 5.5 times, the number of countries represented has risen by 25%, and the number of completed portfolios has increased by 10 times. Alongside Germany, the USA, China, Australia, the UK and Canada, international students consider getting an education and doing research in Russia.
The Open Doors Olympiad has been held since the 2017/18 academic year by the members of the Association of Global Universities with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and Rossotrudnichestvo. In 2018, it was included in the federal project ‘Export of Education’ under the ‘Education’ national project. Since 2021 it has been implemented as part of the federal project ‘Development of Human Capital in the Interests of Regions, Industries and the Research and Development Sector’ under the national project ‘Science and Universities’.
Over the past six years, more than 325,000 applicants from 197 countries have taken part in intellectual competitions. About 90% of the participants live in Asia and Africa. About 4,000 international applicants have had the opportunity to study for free at top Russian universities.
‘My PhD Taught Me about Life, Professionalism, Research, and Controlling My Emotions’
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)’.
‘Working in Academia Is My Lifelong Desire’
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.
‘HSE University Gives You Everything You Need to Manage the Research Process’
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.
Graduate Admissions Webinars: PhD Programme in Economics
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.
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 Launches Study at GES-2 Cultural Centre
The MendiT Research Lab, based at the HSE University Doctoral School of Arts and Design, will become a resident of the GES-2 Cultural Centre for a month from June 5th. The researchers will introduce members of the urban community to the lab and explore the practices of mending clothes together with them. Some of the lab participants told the HSE News Service what it's like to be searching for a method and object of research.
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.
‘I Want to See Studies Emanating from Africa Contributing Substantially to Cognitive Science’
Abdul-Raheem Mohammed from Ghana has recently defended a PhD dissertation in cognitive psychology at HSE University via remote procedure. Abdul-Raheem and his academic supervisor, Dmitry Lyusin, talked to the HSE News Service about their cooperation, the advantages and complications of remote PhD defence at HSE University, and the prospects of cognitive science in African countries.
Applications Open for 2022 Full-Tuition Doctoral Scholarships
International students interested in joining HSE University can apply for full-tuition scholarships from the Russian government. Applications for the 2022/23 academic year are open from March 1–11. We spoke to HSE University doctoral students about their work and about how scholarships have helped them pursue their research goals.
‘Gaining Practical Knowledge and Learning to Do a Lot in a Short Time’—The Life of an HSE PhD Student
Milica Simonovic, from Belgrade, Serbia, is a doctoral student at the HSE University Faculty of Economic Sciences. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis on corporate governance and intellectual capital disclosure. We interviewed Milica to find out more about her thesis and her experience of the university’s application process for PhD students.