Starting on June 1, St Petersburg University launches online courses that were exclusively presented on Coursera international learning platform. More than 100 online courses and programmes of St Petersburg University, of which more than 70 are in English, including courses on learning Russian as a foreign language, quantum computing, management, psychology and many other subjects, will be available on the national Open Education platform.
Nowadays problems of import substitution are particularly acute, which have become even more important after international educational platforms Coursera and EdX decided to suspend cooperation with Russian universities on March 4, 2022.
SPbU as a leader in online learning regards ensuring of free access to quality education for an international audience as its mission, despite sanctions and restrictions, therefore all online courses in English will be available to everyone free of charge.
This decision will allow Russian and foreign students to study the most high-demand courses of St Petersburg University and promote educational export development of the Russian Federation - Vladimir Starostenko, Director of the Centre of E-Learning Development of SPbU
SPbU has been actively engaged in the development of the national Open Education platform, co-founded by University.
At the strategic meeting on March 3-4, 2022 in St Petersburg representatives of SPbU raised ideas that became a starting point for discussion of further development of the platform towards audience expansion and launching products for foreign students.
Moreover, on May 19-20, 2022, another strategic session ‘Elaboration of the platform development strategy for the next 3-5 years’ of ‘National Platform for Open Education’ Association was held in Yekaterinburg. At the moment, Association determined main directions of the platform development: implementation of innovative financial mechanisms, creating of more convenient user interface, subscription based services, development of ambassador institution.