Several times per year, prospective students from across Russia and around the world converge in Skoltech for “Selection Weekend” and a chance to gain admission to one of the institute’s growing MSc programs in technology and science. During these “Selection Weekends”, participants go through two and a half days of interviews, rigorous written examinations, an English test, and – most important – problem-based engineering modules that are designed by Skoltech faculty and senior staff. The final event for 2014 will be held this weekend, July 11-13, at the Moscow School of Management.
Invitations to Selection Weekend are reserved for those students who submitted the strongest online applications to the program, but Skoltech’s faculty believe that students should be evaluated not only on what they know, but also what they can do. The Weekend thus emphasizes the application of knowledge in different settings, and is designed to simulate what it is like to be a Skoltech student. At the end of the Weekend, faculty are given a greater picture of which students are the best fit for the kind of education provided at Skoltech.
For a new university like Skoltech, the weekend is also an opportunity to provide prospective students with the latest developments in the research and innovation programs. Because of the unique experience, students who receive an offer of admission after Selection Weekend usually accept it (more than 90%, which is a better rate than at many top-ten ranked institutions).
* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.