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.