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Coursera Assessed Russia's Competencies in Technology and Business
July 16, 2020 15:12

Russia is the leader in technology and data science competencies in the Coursera world ranking. In the field of business, Russia takes only the ninth position.

Russia leads the world in human competencies in technology and data science, but ranks only ninth in business competencies, which does not help talented IT specialists find high-paying jobs, according to the study "Global Competence Index" conducted by Coursera.

In the course of the research, Coursera analyzed information on 65 million students on the platform and, based on data on their learning outcomes over the past 12 months, assessed the level of qualifications in 60 countries, 10 industries and 11 areas of study.

As a result, in the field of technology, the top three were Russia, Belarus and Switzerland, it follows from the study. The USA ranked 37th on the list, Germany  - 12th, France  - 8th. In the field of data science, Russia is followed by Switzerland and Belgium. The United States in this ranking was in 23rd place, and for example, Great Britain - in 24th. Switzerland took the first place in terms of business competencies, Austria came second, and Denmark came third.

Russia's leadership in technical skills "reflects high-quality technical education at universities in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tomsk and Novosibirsk," Coursera points out. At the same time, 30% of Russian graduates now point to a lack of business skills in teaching, Coursera emphasizes, citing a survey by the ANO “Russia - the Land of Opportunities”. The situation can be corrected by "the growing wave of Russian entrepreneurship", Coursera points out: with the emergence of new startups, Russia's position in competencies in the business area may grow.

As examples Coursera cites the VkusVill network founded by Andrey Krivenko, the developer of mobile games Playrix created by the billionaire brothers Igor and Dmitry Bukhman, and the taxi service InDriver based in Yakutia.

Overall, “all types of organizations adapting to the pandemic continue to prioritize the development of business, technology and data science competencies,” Coursera notes. At the same time, in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, competencies in such areas as public health, symptomatology and contact tracing were in greatest demand. Since March, more than 800,000 people have registered for such courses, which corresponds to an increase of 540%.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: education Russian business Vkusvill   


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