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What is the most efficient way to tell about a Master’s program to potential applicants? And what will help attract the best of them? These questions were at the center of the meeting “Force of attraction, or development strategy of an educational program”, which was organized for heads of educational programs by ITMO’s Master’s Programs Department in collaboration with the Strategic Communications Department as part of the ITMO.Expert project. Alyona Gupaisova, vice head of the Strategic Communications Department, Ksenia Kuzmina, head of the Master’s Programs Development Center, and Yuri Monahov, head of Master’s Admission Office, spoke about the tools for attracting applicants and things that one should consider when developing Master’s programs.
This year’s admissions at universities have long been completed and yesterday’s schoolchildren have already officially become students and are getting used to their new status. Meanwhile, on October 30, 2019, the results of the annual “Quality of Admission to Universities 2019” ranking were published by the Higher School of Economics and Yandex with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media. The ranking is aimed at assessing the quality of the admission campaigns for full-time Bachelor’s and specialty programs at Russian universities.
Starting from 2018, prospective students thinking about studying at ITMO University can choose between different types of Master’s programs: scientific, industrial, corporate or entrepreneurial. Such diversification allows students to decide on their preferred development trajectory and choose the program that most suits their interests and career plans. In this series of articles, we join forces with heads of the programs and ITMO’s academic and industrial partners to give a comprehensive overview of different types of the programs the University offers, as well as career opportunities that they entail. Part one focuses on scientific and corporate Master’s programs offered by ITMO.
The results of the 2019 national student competition “I am a Professional” have just been announced. From a total of 500,000 students from all over Russia participating in this year’s competition, 3,472 became prize winners. This roll call of participants with the best results includes 80 ITMO University students, five of whom were even awarded gold medals. Diplomates of “I am a Professional” get admission perks when applying to Master’s and PhD programs at Russia’s leading universities, as well as an opportunity to partake in an internship at major companies.
Today marks the start of the registration process for the ‘I am a Professional’ national competition for students. For a second year in a row, students from all over Russia can try their hand at the competition’s challenges in a bid to win an internship in a major company, a money prize, and easy access to Master’s and PhD degrees in leading Russian universities. This year’s competition consists of 54 tracks, five of which are coordinated by ITMO University.
2018’s admission campaign has just ended at ITMO. More than a third of the new students getting tuition-free education are winners and runner-ups of national competitions and competitions included in the list of the Russian Council of School Academic Contests. In order to successfully participate in such events, you have to start training in advance, even as early as in summer. ITMO.NEWS interviewed the university’s lecturers and asked them to share advice on training for competitions in several of the university’s fields of focus.
First All-Russian “I am a Professional” student competition was held last year. Attracted by the opportunity of free admission to leading Master’s and doctoral programs nationwide, 294,242 students took part in the contest. To encourage the participants, ITMO University decided to go against the usual ‘the winner takes it all’ rule and stretched the right to free admission to the winners of the Semi-Hackathon that was held as part of ITMO’s “It’s Your Call!” winter school. ITMO.NEWS met with the competitions winners who decided to apply to ITMO and asked them what was memorable about the competitions, why they decided to take part, why they chose ITMO, and how the experience changed them.
Starting with the next academic year, ITMO University launches Russia's first Art&Science program in English which will combine the resources of the university's laboratories and competencies of leading Russian and international art specialists. The program will be conducted in English, with involvement of guest lecturers. Its graduates will have the opportunity to apply their new skills in such fields as contemporary art, art entrepreneurship, development of high-tech art projects, museum and exhibition management, and different other fields that only start to emerge on the market. The program will be supervised by Dimitri Ozerkov, a Russian art expert and head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the State Hermitage Museum. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, he expanded on the program's content and features.
An intellectual competition for future international Master’s students, the Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project, is kicking off soon, with registration of participants beginning on Nov. 20, 2017. Winners will get an opportunity to study tuition-free, courtesy of the government of the Russian Federation, at Russia’s leading universities. The subject areas include Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Economics. The contest is supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and is organized by the “Global Universities” Association.