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New Season of Rediscovering Russia Student Expedition Project Begins

From January 15 to February 15, the project website is accepting applications to organise and conduct expeditions for the 2024 season as part of the Rediscovering Russia project. In 2023, 1,000 students from 157 universities took part in the expeditions.

Universities, commercial and non-profit organisations can submit applications to organise and conduct expeditions in 2024. In 2023, more than 130 universities and 60 organisations submitted applications, and 1,000 students from 157 universities took part in the expeditions. Expeditions that have passed the selection process receive support in the form of travel, accommodation, meals, and an excursion programme for participants and mentors.

The project is being implemented with the support of the presidential platform Russia—Land of Opportunity, HSE University, and the programme of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh) More Than a Trip.

Rediscovering Russia is an all-Russian inter-university programme of student expeditions. Students from the best universities in the country participate in socially significant projects that change life in Russian regions for the better.

Organisers: HSE University, the presidential platform Russia—Land of Opportunity, and the More Than a Trip programme. 

The Rediscovering Russia project has been implemented at HSE University since 2017. During this time, more than 400 expeditions have been carried out and more than 4,500 students and teachers have taken part. In 2022, the project reached a new, inter-university level thanks to the support of the presidential platform Russia—Land of Opportunity and the More Than a Trip programme. In 2023, more than 15,000 applications were submitted, and more than 1,000 students from 157 universities across the country took part in the expeditions.

‘The Rediscovering Russia project does not stand still. A month ago, we summed up the results of the 2023 season, and today we are starting to accept applications for expeditions in 2024. In 2022, the project reached the all-Russian level thanks to the support of the ANO Russia—Land of Opportunity and the More Than a Trip programme. Last year, we took the first successful steps towards the implementation of international expeditions, and I am sure that the new season will bring even more achievements to the project,’ said HSE University Vice Rector Dmitry Zemtsov.

Alexey Agafonov

‘Last season, over 15,000 students from all over the country applied to participate in expeditions, which, in my opinion, is a clear indicator that the project continues to be of interest to young people. I invite educational, commercial, and non-profit organisations to join the project and apply to conduct expeditions. The winners will receive support and be able to improve life in one of the regions,’ said First Deputy General Director of the ANO Russia—Land of Opportunity Alexey Agafonov.

ANO Russia—Land of Opportunity was created at the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who headed its supervisory board. The platform’s mission is to build Russia’s future by offering equal opportunities to everyone. The platform helps people gain opportunities for self-development regardless of their location, profession, or family circumstances. Over the five years of the platform’s operation, 20 million people from all Russian regions and 150 countries around the world have taken part in its 26 projects, and more than 1,500 companies, universities, and government and public organisations have become partners.

To participate in the competition, applicants must describe the concept of their expedition and specify the dates and objectives of the trip. After the winners are determined, with the support of the Rediscovering Russia project office, the expedition programme is developed, student participants are selected, and the work of the expedition is organised. Expeditions can span a wide range of topics: education, ecology, the social sphere, urbanism and territorial development, culture, and technology. One prerequisite is that the expedition is aimed at solving significant problems in the region, and that interested partners are available at the location.

The More Than a Trip programme has enabled over 150,000 young people to see unique places in Russia, learn about the achievements of universities and industrial enterprises, develop socially significant projects, and find new friends.

Active participants, prize-winners, and winners of all-Russian projects go on trips around the country: schoolchildren, students, young professionals from the regions, and family members of those in the armed forces. Trip participants benefit from both diverse tourism and professional self-realisation—they can prove themselves, receive internships and job offers, or apply the acquired knowledge in their home region.

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First 43 Expeditions Selected for New Season of Rediscovering Russia

The competitive selection of the inter-university student expedition programme Rediscovering Russia has ended. The expeditions will take place from May to November 2024 and will cover 26 Russian regions. Students and graduates from any university countrywide, including foreigners, can apply for any expedition.

Annual Report of Rediscovering Russia Student Expedition Project for 2022 Published

The team of HSE University’s Rediscovering Russia project, with the support of the presidential platform Russia—Land of Opportunity and the More Than a Trip programme, has published an annual report on the results of the 2022 season in the format of a book. The publication includes key results, travel geography, project development plans, and much more.

Rediscovering Russia Expedition Submissions Open until June 15th

The Rediscovering Russia project invites universities, commercial and non-profit organisations to apply to organise and conduct student expeditions in 2023. Candidates can apply until June 15th, and the winning expeditions will receive financial and organisational support.

Big Challenges: Project Session on Yamal Held at HSE University

HSE University has hosted the project session ‘The Big Challenges Faced by Yamal’, whose speakers included Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (YaNAO) Dmitry Artyukhov, HSE University Rector Nikita Anisimov, and Vice Rector Dmitry Zemtsov. HSE University students designed concepts for expeditions to the region that they will be able to embark on in 2023–2024 as part of the ‘Rediscovering Russia’ project.

Winning Expeditions of the First Wave of the ‘Rediscovering Russia’ Project Selection Announced

The first selection of winning expeditions of the inter-university student programme ‘Rediscovering Russia’ has been completed. The programme is being implemented by HSE University together with the presidential platform ‘Russia - Land of Opportunity’ and the ‘More Than a Trip’ programme. The Expert Council approved 47 applications, with 17 universities and 23 organisations among the winners. The expeditions will take place from April to July 2023 and will cover 41 Russian regions.

The Initial Results Are in for the Rediscovering Russia Student Expedition to the North Caucasus

KAVKAZ.RF summed up the initial results of the Rediscovering Russia student expeditions to the North Caucasus that were organised by HSE University and the Russia is the Land of Opportunities non-profit organisation. Drawing on the results of three expeditions, students prepared video depictions of six North Caucasus republics, developed a branding concept for Dagestani carpets, and drew up a new tour route through North Ossetia-Alania.