Each Year Education Abroad Continues to Become More Popular

24 june 2015

Experts of the Analytical Center have issued another review of the state of Russian education. The main topic of the latest review is international student mobility.

Education statistics for 2013 through 2015 show that the number of people getting an education has increased by 1.5%, with the number of kids getting a pre-school education having gone up by 1.7%, while the number of people enrolled in higher education has gone down by 1.9%. Taking into account the economic challenges the country has faced with in 2015, the level of state spending on education has been curtailed at all levels, the experts write. Thus, state spending on education as a percentage of GDP has decreased from 4.25% to 4.14%.

The experts have also analyzed the state of international student mobility. They have concluded that studying overseas is gaining popularity with every passing year, despite a surge in online courses and establishment of educational centers and branches by foreign universities in Russia. The Education at a Glance report prepared by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and published in 2013, between 2000 and 2011 international student mobility increased more than twofold. The experts note that in 2011 the global leaders in terms of the number of foreign students enrolling at their universities were the US (16.5%), the UK (13%), Germany (6.3%), France (6.2%) and Australia (6.1%). Only 4% of foreign students were attending Russian universities. At the same time the number of foreign students at Russian universities in 2014 and 2015 has been up 9.2% on the same period of last year, the experts note.

The education review also looks at the exports of Russian educational services. According to the experts, educational services are being exported in three ways: by getting foreign students to enroll directly at Russian universities, by opening branches of Russian universities abroad and by offering Russian education programs abroad. The experts believe that developing exports of Russian educational services can make it possible to attract extra funds to the Russian economy, especially to the higher education sector. 

In addition, the review presents the latest news in international law and enumerates measures, professional holidays and memorable dates related to education in July-September 2015.

For more information about amendments to the law on education in Canada’s Alberta province and other educational reforms, see the online version of the International Student Mobility as a Measure of Success of an Education System review.  

For other reviews of the state of Russian education visit the Publications section.