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The Russian government has revealed plans to encourage students to study abroad, by funding up to 10,000 students a year to attend some of the world’s leading universities.
The plans will see the government funding 2,000 Russian students to enrol in overseas universities in 2012, which will rise up to 10,000 a year in 2015. They will have tuition fees and living expenses paid for, however, the funding will only apply to postgraduate degrees – master’s, PhDs and MBAs.
It’s estimated that the first year alone will cost the Russian government US$60 million.
For the time being, students under the scheme will be able to choose their courses, but in the future funding will targeted to specific courses in order to develop specialists in in-demand areas, such as engineers. There are also plans to prepare lists of employers who can offer the returning graduates attractive job offers.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said: “Thousands of our young scientists, engineers and public officials will receive master’s and doctoral degrees at the world’s leading universities during the next decade. Hopefully, studying abroad will allow them to take key positions in Russian business, government, science and education.”
The students taking part in the scheme are expected to go mainly to English-speaking countries such as the UK, USA and Australia, although other countries in Europe are also thought to be on the list of approved destinations from the Russian government.
Posted by Keith Broomer
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