Vice-Rector for International Cooperation Alexander Linnikov made comments to the newspaper "Vedomosti" about the creation of the State Information System (SIS) "Education in the Russian Federation for foreigners".
After the end of the pandemic, the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) intends to launch a service that will make it easier for citizens of other countries to enter Russian universities.
According to the plans of Rossotrudnichestvo, a "single window" will be created for all users, where they will learn about the programs offered to foreigners by Russian universities. The portal should also help to process visas and all the necessary documents online.
Alexander Linnikov, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, explained to "Vedomosti", that although the Financial University has all the necessary tools for direct admissions of Russian and foreign students, in some countries local intermediaries, so-called "operators" , continue to play a significant role in the admissions process.
"This complicates direct contact between the university and an applicant. In some Asian and African countries, applicants who want to study on a tuition-fee basis sometimes have difficulties in getting through "operators". “Operators” use contacts in Russian universities not to assist in the enrollment, but solely for the purpose of earning", comments Alexander Linnikov.
Another important task for the service is the connection of the portal and the system of state quotas, which allow foreigners to study in Russia free of charge. During the course of study and after the completion of the program, foreign students will be able to find internships and vacancies on the portal.
The portal will operate in at least 15 languages, including English and Chinese.
The creation of such an accessible and transparent service could potentially increase the involvement of universities, and this meets the interests of the Financial University
According to the project’s terms, the service should be able to search for courses for schoolchildren during the pre-univeristy stage of their studies, including the search for a tutor in Russian. The portal’s target audience are schoolchildren, their parents, staff of educational non-governmental organisations and commercial organisations.