A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 180 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 81 countries worldwide, and 186 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, Spanish – t.me/RoscongressEsp and Arabic t.me/RosCongressArabic. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation:roscongress.org.

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Online Education 2020: Which Russian Universities Were Ready for Remote Learning

In recent years, Russian universities began to use online courses more actively, but compared to 2016, the situation has not changed much. Most universities that hold courses online are located in major Russian cities. Technical universities were recognised as the most active in terms of e-learning.

Most online courses at MOOC were published by the National Research University Higher School of Economics (18%) and St. Petersburg State University (16%). Polytechnic University (14%) and TSU (12%) moved up to ranks three and four. ITMO University closed the top five (8%). Compared to 2016, the situation has not changed much: NRU HSE continues to do almost every fifth online course.

Among 19 universities, which published their online courses, only three areas were represented: technical (53%), socio-economic (21%) and transport (5%). Four universities belong to classical universities: St. Petersburg State University, Moscow State University, Ural Federal University and Tomsk State University. They account for 21% of the total number.

The National Open Education Platform (NOEP) remains the most popular platform for publishing online courses (68%). In addition, a total of 148 courses (20%) were presented on Coursera — one of the main foreign educational platforms.

In total, universities have used eleven MOOC platforms to publish their online courses. The most popular platforms for posting materials were the National Open Education Platform (NOEP) — 68% of courses, Coursera — 20% of courses, Open Online Academy — 4% of courses, Moodle — 2% of courses and edX — 1% of courses.

The most popular platform for course publication is the National Open Education Platform (NOEP), where 16 out of 19 universities have hosted their courses.

The most popular online courses were related to the humanitarian sciences (47%) and physics and mathematics sciences (33%).

When reviewing the course directions, the authors of the research revealed that despite the prevalence of technical sciences in the list, most of the courses were in the humanitarian sciences — 333 courses (47%). Physics and mathematics sciences were represented by 237 courses (33%).

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