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Recruitment Days 2016: Selecting the best for Skoltech

SW2014About 150 students will fill Skoltech this week, in order to show they have what it takes to become a Skoltech student. Only as much as half of them will eventually be admitted. For three intensive days, under a tight and tiring schedule, the applicants will be evaluated to see if they meet the Skoltech standards. Continue reading

Welcome Aboard: New Cohort of Students Joining Skoltech

Selection Weekend: Part of Skoltech's unique admission process which focuses not only on what applicants already know – but on what they can achieve in the future as agents of knowledge exchange, innovators, company founders and leaders

Selection Weekend: Part of Skoltech’s unique admission process which focuses not only on what applicants already know – but on what they can achieve in the future as agents of knowledge exchange, innovators, company founders and leaders

Design and build electrical circuits in a few minutes. Team up with a group of total strangers to turn a pile of flimsy boxes into a seriously high tower. These were among the challenges that dozens of prospective Skoltech students had to tackle at Selection Weekend – a 72 hours long marathon of exams, challenges, and interviews – which is the final stage in the admission and selection process. For 38 young women and men it was all worthwhile. On the other end of the final 2014 Selection Weekend they were admitted to Skoltech as new students.

The admission and selection process involves more than submitting an application, being interviewed by faculty, or taking math and English exams. It focuses not only on what applicants already know – but on what they can achieve in the future. Skoltech aims to attract, support and nourish outstanding students who have the capacity to become agents of knowledge exchange, researchers, innovators and company founders, who will have impact on Russia and around the world. More than 45% of current Skoltech students are actively involved in a startup company or project.

Selection Weekend: Part of Skoltech's unique admission process which focuses not only on what applicants already know – but on what they can achieve in the future as agents of knowledge exchange, innovators, company founders and leaders

Selection Weekend 2014: 67 prospective students invited, 38 admitted to Skoltech

The goal is to enroll new students who will follow these trailblazers’ example. In order to admit the right people, Selection weekend involves the entire Skoltech community. Nine professors, two Faculty Founding Fellows, one PhD student and one MIT professor interviewed 60 people in under 24 hours. Two current students led one of the challenges, and the applicants also had a two-hour activity with current Skoltech students. This was held independently by the students, with no faculty or staff present.

The bottom line in numbers: out of 208 prospective students who applied over the last application period (April – June 2014), 67 were invited to Selection Weekend, and 38 were admitted to M.Sc. programs in Energy and IT – an admission rate of 18%. Currently, the total number of Skoltech Masters and Ph.D. students in Energy, IT, Biomed, Space and Manufacturing is 176. More than a third of students are women, and 18%  come from an international background, hailing from more than 10 countries. A total of 101 new students are joining Skoltech this year. They’ll be attending the first course of the academic year 2014-2015, Innovation Workshop, today.

 

 

 

* 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.

Students Selection Weekend 2014: Who Will be Admitted to Skoltech?

Skoltech’s faculty strongly believe that students should be evaluated not only on what they know, but also what they can do

Skoltech’s faculty strongly believe that students should be evaluated not only on what they know, but also what they can do

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.

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