There are a lot of studies, links to which can be found even on our website www.eduexport.ru
, which confirm the stated judgment. The short conclusion is that from 40% to 70% of all foreign students, depending on the level of education and the study majors, stay in destination countries for more than 1 year after graduation. This is also facilitated by the migration policy of many countries, which allow foreign graduates to stay in the country for at least 1 year to find a suitable employment option or continue their studies — up to obtaining a residence permit and citizenship. Such transparent, understandable, student-driven policy is, and will always remain, a guarantee of high interest in the country from talented, ambitious and strong young people.
In the context of the above, it can be noted that the leaders of the world market are still Anglophone states, which facilitates access to education for foreign students, taking into account the global dominance of the English language. However, due to the ongoing changes, the professional community of Russian international education experts should begin to form a new, attractive image of Russian education for foreign applicants.
Despite temporary difficulties and limitations, Russia is reviving as a world power, which, among other things, forms its own educational and professional space. This space, even though experiencing an era of trials, being in the "island" mode, has sufficient potential to attract foreign students:
- The quality of education in Russian universities continues to grow and is recognized worldwide;
- The cost of training in comparison with other market-leading countries is low;
- The labor market is ready to absorb unlimited amounts of skilled labor.
Of course, Russia offering excellent opportunities for education and further professional development, can become a Mecca of educational tourism and academic migration.
The only challenge is the language training of foreign students. It's no secret that even young people from the CIS countries are gradually losing their Russian language skills – what can we say about guys from Far Abroad! Poor knowledge of the Russian language restricts access to education and work in Russia and doesn't allow to fully integrate into Russian society and become part of our cultural space.
There can be only one way out: dramatically increase the status of preparatory faculties, make them centers of adaptation and integration of foreign applicants. At the same time, it should be taken into account that an increase in interest in studying in Russia will lead to an increase in the number of levels and sublevels, directions and subdirectories of programs of preparatory faculties: long, short, intensive, for work in the field of hospitality and service, for higher education, for secondary education, for negotiations, and so on, in all its diversity.