The Education System in Russia?

I chose to continue my higher education in Civil engineering in Russia , but some people says that the education system in Russia is Poor and it is not well recognized Abroad , are they right or it is deferent?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Russia has been granted provisional status for inclusion to the Washington Accord.

    The Washington Accord, signed in 1989, is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programs. It recognizes the substantial equivalency of programs accredited by those bodies and recommends that graduates of programs accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognized by the other bodies as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering.

    Russia is in the process of migrating from its traditional tertiary education model, incompatible with existing Western academic degrees, to a modernized degree structure in line with Bologna Process model. (Russia co-signed the Bologna Declaration in 2003.) In October 2007 Russia enacted a law that replaces the traditional five-year model of education with a two-tiered approach: a four-year bachelor (Russian: бакалавр) degree followed by a two-year master's (Russian: магистр) degree.

    Russia has had an excellent and demanding higher education system for many years, pre- and post 1917 revolution. It has produced superior engineers and scientists, many of whom are now professors in universities throughout the world.

    I don't have any first-hand experience about how well universities in Russia are organized in terms of delivering courses, going by the number of international students studying in Russia, they must be doing OK. Also, given that Russia has been given provisional status by the Washington Accord, it is merely a matter of time before they will receive full status. Please be aware that a provisional status does not imply that you will not be able to practice engineering anywhere else in the world. You will be. You just have to provide a bit more documentation to be recognized in other countries. Many engineers are very mobile and work in places outside their country of degree attainment.

    Personally, based on a few Russian engineers I have worked with, I would have no hesitance to go and study in Russia. It would be fantastic experience. Clearly their education system is good enough to still graduate thousands of professionals every year and whose qualifications are recognized throughout the world for further studies toward PhDs and professional practice.

    Hope this helps a bit.

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