According to a nationwide survey conducted by the NAFI Analytical Center in association with the Ministry of Digital Development of Public Administration of the Republic of Bashkortostan, 50 percent of Russians would like to obtain additional education in Information Technology. The greatest interest to this idea was expressed by young people under the age of 24 years. The leading fields were the technical problem solution of devices and programs (38 percent), the digital search for the necessary information (37 percent), cyber security (37 percent) and the work with files and programs (35 percent).
Of all respondents, 90 percent admit that education should be obtained throughout life, but only 21 percent have obtained additional education at least once in their life.
Of all people wishing to obtain additional education in Information Technology, 75 percent are interested in free distance education, while half of Russians (54 percent) have a positive attitude towards distance education. The main disadvantage of distance education for respondents was limited communication with teachers. We understand that communication with a teacher is important, therefore the Swiss International Institute Lausanne - SIIL online education program includes mandatory webinars with teachers and final speaking exams. This format allows students to get the most out of individual online education, having the opportunity to maintain contact with teachers.
According to the survey, more than half (52 percent) rated their digital literacy as average, one third as low, and one in ten (9 percent) as high. Most of all, Russians with an average level of digital literacy want to study. Only 22 percent of respondents possess no devices that could allow them to undergo online education (computer, laptop or tablet). As it turned out, 68 percent go online every day, another 9 percent – several times a week.
Innovations in cloud technologies have been brining great opportunities to online education.
Online education brings countless benefits from lower fees and location freedom to extra flexibility in terms of choosing your courses and the time you want to invest in studying.
On 15 November 2020 SIIL jointly with our partner SSHE (Swiss School of Higher Education, Montreux) announces the opening of the Swiss International Centre of Languages and Translation.