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Yandex Helps Establish Online English MS in Data Science from HSE University

We’re always looking for new ways to provide people with the tools they need for learning the most in-demand data science skills.  Collaborating with leading academic institutions to create online learning opportunities is an excellent way for us to impact as many learners as possible.  Today, we’re proud to announce another channel for online learners - we’ve partnered with Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) University and Coursera to help launch Russia’s first online English master’s program in data science.

Students of the Master of Data Science will benefit from the combined expertise of one of Russia’s top universities, the country’s largest tech company, and the world’s leading online learning provider.  By hosting the courses on Coursera and teaching the curriculum entirely in English, the new program will be more accessible to learners around the world and help prepare students for more global opportunities.

As an industry partner for the program, we will lend our background in end-user products to suggest today’s most critical data science skills.  Experts from Yandex helped create some of the courses for the online program, and Yandex representatives will take part in reviewing final project presentations.

“Yandex and the Higher School of Economics are both renowned experts in data science and leaders in online learning,” says Elena Bunina, Director of HR and Educational Programs for Yandex.  “Working with academic partners to create online learning opportunities is a key part of our education initiatives.  We believe that online education is crucial for satisfying the growing demand for data scientists.  Thanks to a combination of practical training, complex mathematics, and a research training track, future Master of Data Science graduates will be prepared to pursue opportunities in either tech or scientific research.”

The new Master of Data Science program is just the latest in our academic collaborations with both HSE and Coursera.  We also co-founded the Faculty of Computer Science at HSE, which now has nearly 2,200 students across ten degree programs.  There are several specializations on Coursera jointly designed by FCS and Yandex experts, one of which Coursera recognized with the Outstanding Educator Award for Innovation earlier this year.  We also offer several data science courses on Coursera, in both Russian and English.

Prospective students can learn more about the Master of Data Science on the HSE website, as well as on Coursera, where they can apply to enroll in the program.  Applications are due on December 6th.  Good luck and happy learning!