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08.09.2017 International Students

Tomsk Polytechnic University became the winner of the priority project on export of Russian education of the RF Ministry of Education and Science. In total, 36 higher educational institutions of the country joined the list of the roadmap participants to enhance attractiveness and competitiveness of the Russian education on the global market of educational services.

As the RF Government website reports, the project will be implemented from May 2017 until including November 2025. The Export of Education project entails to enhance attractiveness of Russian educational programs for international students, improve conditions of their stay during the study in Russia, and to raise recognition and status of Russian education on the global market of educational services thus contributing to considerable increase in revenues gained from the export of educational services.

The project roadmap embraces 39 Russian universities, including Tomsk Polytechnic University, which will contribute to the attractiveness of educational programs for international students through development and implementation of the university target model and creation international support services for such students. At the beginning, such model will be implemented in 20 Russian universities and since 2021 in all universities of the country.

“On the one hand, the inclusion of TPU into the priority project of the RF Ministry of Education and Science, demonstrates achievements and experience of Tomsk Polytechnic University related to attraction, education and training of highly-qualified staff for the international market. However, on the other hand, this is a great opportunity for TPU to systematize its vast expertise and present it in a single target program that may serve a helpful tool for other universities willing to take the same path.

Being in the centre of decision-making and policy development regarding the export of education of the RF Government, TPU will fully demonstrate its expertise and potential,”  

— comments the head of TPU Division of Academic Methodology Yury Daneykin, and specifies that at present there are over 4 thousand international students from across 40 countries worldwide study at TPU.

The project implies development of new forms of joint educational programs and English-mediated programs, on-line education, academic tours and summer schools, as well as an internet navigation system for international students.

Besides, the enrollment and education procedures for international students will also be modernized, alongside with the recognition of foreign academic certificates, entrance, exit and stay of foreign professors, as well as taxes on education within the framework of international cooperation.

It is anticipated that as a result of project implementation the number of full-time international students will increase from 220 thousand people in 2017 to 710 thousand people in 2025, while the number of international on-line course users – from 1.1 mln to 3.5 mln people. As compared to 2016 the number of international school students having completed their additional courses shall increase twice by 2025.

“Funds raised from the export of the Russian education shall increase more than 5 times and amount to over 373 bln rubles by 2025,”

— says the project summary.

It is worth mentioning that Tomsk Polytechnic University joined the list of 200 Times Higher Education World Universities Rankings with the highest rate of international students. Only three Russian universities were included into this list: People’s Friendship University (RUDN), Lomonosov Moscow State University and Tomsk Polytechnic University. TPU ranks the 194th in the list.

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