17 July 2020

Russia ranked as top country in technology and data science skills

Global Skills Index by Coursera
Coursera previously published report Global Skills Index (GSI). Educational platform studied 65 million learners on the platform in the past 12 months across 60 countries, 10 industries, and 11 fields.

The report highlighted 3 fields of study that are most popular on Coursera – business, technology, and data science. According to the report, Russia ranked #1 in 2 of these fields – technology and data science.
Business Skills - Global ranking (cutting-edge countries are solid)
Coursera GSI - Business skills - Global view
Business skills - Russia ranked at 9 place (86%).
Image source: Coursera Global Skills Index 2020.
Business Skills - Global ranking (cutting-edge countries only)
Technology Skills - Global ranking (cutting-edge countries are solid)
Coursera GSI - Technology skills - Global view
Technology skills - Russia ranked at 1 place (100%).
Image source: Coursera Global Skills Index 2020.
Technology Skills - Global ranking (cutting-edge countries only)
Data Science Skills - Global ranking (cutting-edge countries are solid)
Coursera GSI - Data Science skills - Global view
Data Science skills - Russia ranked at 1 place (100%).
Image source: Coursera Global Skills Index 2020.
Data Science Skills - Global ranking (cutting-edge countries only)
Top skills in business, technology and data science
Coursera also detailed trending skills in all three leading fields. That means these skills are most wide-spreaded amidst professionals. Here is the list of these skills:
Top-10 business skills (expand)
  1. Microsoft Excel
  2. Project Management
  3. Digital Marketing
  4. Blockchain
  5. Business Analytics
  6. People Management
  7. Writing
  8. Human Resources
  9. Product Placement
  10. Supply Chain
Top-10 technology skills (expand)
  1. C
  2. Artificial Intelligence
  3. Javascript
  4. Web Development
  5. User Experience Design
  6. Cybersecurity
  7. Convolutional Neural Network
  8. Cloud Computing
  9. Internet of Things
  10. Application Programming Interface
Top-10 data science skills (expand)
  1. Python
  2. Data Storytelling
  3. SQL
  4. R
  5. Deep Learning
  6. TensorFlow
  7. Cloud APIs
  8. Multi-Task Learning
  9. Linear Algebra
  10. NLP
Why is Russia on the 1st place in technology and data science?
According to the report, Russia is the most skilled country in technology and data science. The country is unparalleled in its software engineering, statistical programming, data management, database, and operating systems skills. All of Russia's tech and data science competencies are categorized as cutting-edge or competitive.

Coursera admitted, that Russia produces some of the most talented Software Engineers in the world. The country consistently dominates international programming contests, outperforming both China and the U.S. Its STEM education also has scale; Russia produces the most engineering graduates of any country—more than 450,000 per year. Russian students get a head start in computer science compared to students in countries like the U.S.; Russia's Federal Educational Standards (FES) mandate that informatics be compulsory in middle school. Students' technical skills are then fostered through a career-focused curriculum in higher education; Russia's Higher School of Economics, for example, recently announced the first top tier online master's program in data science that offers three career-related tracks for Data Scientists, Machine Learning Engineers, and Researchers in Data Science.

Besides that, Index shows that while Russia is highly competitive in tech and data science skills, it currently lacks the startup pipeline to help its talented IT experts secure high-paying jobs. This may be, in part, why the country struggles in business skills. Russia ranks #9 globally and #8 regionally in overall business skills. As Moscow and St. Petersburg's startup scenes continue to grow, it's expected that Russia will soon rise in the business domain rankings.

Previously we also wrote, that Moscow had made into the top 20 European cities with the most promising high-tech, innovation and startup investment opportunities.
Main Tech Global challenge: proliferation of Russian engineers' skills
Russian professionals have essential skills across business, technology, and data science. It allows Russia to export ICT products across the world and participate in the digitalization of emerging markets.

Many countries in Latin America, MEA, and APAC use IT systems developed in EU, UK, and USA with the help of Russian engineers. But there is an opportunity, especially in times of high demand for secured and sovereign IT solutions in critical fields, to work with ICT vendors right from Russia. Tech Global provides emerging markets such opportunity through international support, funding, education, and localization.
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