HSE and Coursera Announce Russia’s First Top-Tier Online Master’s in Data Science

By Dil Sidhu, Chief Content Officer at Coursera

In a digital-first world, Russia is uniquely poised to benefit from learning technology and data science skills, delivered online to meet the needs of learners anywhere. According to McKinsey, over 50% of work activities are at the risk of automation in Russia. This, coupled with demographic challenges of a vast country, creates a strong need for a vibrant workforce equipped with the most in-demand skills. The emergence of high-profile technology companies in Russia has further accelerated the demand for talent required to meet the pace of innovation.  

Today, we proudly announce the online Master of Data Science from the Higher School of Economics (HSE), one of Russia’s top universities, located in Moscow. This English-language degree is the first fully online master’s program in data science from a top-ten university in Russia. Open to those without any programming background, the program will offer hands-on training opportunities to prepare students for high-demand roles in data science, machine learning, and software engineering.

The program is  designed by world-class professors from HSE’s Faculty of Computer Science and offers three career-related tracks: Data Scientists, Machine Learning Engineers, and Researchers in Data Science. Each track provides students with the opportunity to work on real-world projects from the best technology companies in Russia, like Yandex. Students work closely with data science experts and complete projects with actual datasets from industry partners. 

Offered on Coursera at a breakthrough price, students — even those without previous experience in the field — can enroll in the program from anywhere in the world and complete the courses on their own schedule. Learners can also take open courses before they commit to the full degree program. 

“In education, modern technology allows us to go beyond traditional borders in many ways. The development and growing number of educational programs taught entirely online is an important dimension of education today,” said Sergey Roshchin, Vice Rector at HSE. “HSE is expanding as a global university, and the development of such programs is a great opportunity for us to provide quality education to students in different countries all over the world. Moreover, this program allows students to gain in-demand skills in almost all areas that are experiencing a transformation with big data. We’re thrilled that Coursera is our strategic partner in this new degree.”

HSE is one of the most respected institutions in Russia and a leader in combining Russian education traditions with the best international practices in teaching and research. We’re honored to partner with them in this effort to train the next generation of data science practitioners. 
Applications for the online Master of Data Science from HSE are open now, and the first cohort will begin in February 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.coursera.org/degrees/master-of-data-science-hse.

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