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The first round of completion of the Open Doors International Olympiad for prospective post-graduate students is closed. The Olympiad is organised by the Global Universities Association within the framework of the Federal Project “Development of Human Capital for regions, industries and research areas” of the National Project "Science and Universities".

More than 56,500 students (the exact number is 56,652) from 196 countries have participated in the project this year. Every fourth Olympiad participant wanted to participate in two or more subject areas out of the 14 offered. All in all, participants submitted almost 78,000 portfolios (77,949, to be exact). More than 21,000 students have shown interest in doctoral degree programs run by Russian universities; they have filled in more than 28,000 portfolios.

The Olympiad was the first project in Russia to globally attract talented international students to Master's degree and doctoral programs run by leading Russian universities. The geography of the Olympiad covers almost every country in the world and widely represents Russian higher education on the global market, competing for the best university applicants.

More than 90% of participants are from Asia and Africa. Questionnaires of the Olympiad participants show that they view Russian higher education on a par with the education leaders of the world - Germany, Canada, the UK, Australia, USA, which are traditionally attractive to university entrants. The participants' interest in the Olympiad has been stable for the last three years, irrespective of the political situation and restrictions connected with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Olympiad is held in 14 subject areas: Business and Management, Biology and Biotechnology, Engineering and Technology, Clinical Medicine and Public Health, Cognitive Neurosciences and Psychology, Computer and Data Sciences, Linguistics and Literature, Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, Earth Sciences, Education, Political Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemistry and Material Sciences, and Economics and Econometrics. The most popular subject areas among international participants of the Olympiad are Business and Management (chosen by 16% of participants), Engineering and Technology (selected by 15% of participants), and Computer and Data Science (chosen by 13% of participants).

The Olympiad is organised into two tracks: the Master's and the doctoral tracks. The Master's track is held in two rounds. The first stage is the evaluation of portfolios. Those who have successfully passed the selection stage are invited to take part in the second round. 

Participants of the doctoral track have interviews with potential research supervisors in addition to the two rounds. If the interview is a success, the participant can then choose a research supervisor from among those who have expressed their willingness to supervise a doctoral research project.

The Olympiad is conducted in two languages - Russian and English. After the successful completion of the qualifying rounds, participants can get the status of a winner or a runner-up and choose a degree program taught in Russian or English at a Russian university. Winners of the Open Doors Olympiad have the right to free tuition within the quota of the Government of the Russian Federation. They also have additional opportunities offered by the universities hosting the Olympiad.

The Olympiad allows the selection of the best candidates, among all the competing applicants only every 10th candidate is granted the access for the second round, with the total number of 6,500 applicants to proceed. 

Main facts about the Olympiad. The Olympiad has been conducted since 2017/2018 by universities-members of the Association, and since 2018 it has been included in the Federal project “Export of Education” of the National Project “Education”. Furthermore, since 2021 it has been supported by the Federal Project “Development of Human Capital for regions, industries and research areas” of the National Project "Science and Universities".

The 5 -years Olympiad’s achievements are over 245 000 Participants from 197 countries. 2800 winners of the Olympiad were granted the opportunity to study for free at the best Russian universities. 

Since the start of the Olympiad, there has been a growing interest in it. Compared with the year 2017, the number of participants grew by 5,5 times. There was a 25% increase in the number of countries of origin of the participants, and the number of completed portfolios grew 10 times.

The second round of the current 6th Olympiad will take place in January 2023.

The winners of the Master's track will be announced on the 10th of February, 2023. The third round (for the doctoral track only) will be organised from the 23rd of February to the 15th of March, and the winners will be announced on the 17th of March, 2023.