IT in the Russian Federation

Russia: IT Workforce

Overview

 Russian developers stand out for their ability to handle complex projects based on core engineering.  “They are extremely creative; they are imaginative; they are disciplined,” said Steve Chase, president of Intel Russia.  “When it comes to solving mathematical algorithms, they are basically unbeatable.” (53)  They are also cheap, making only about 25% of what an American developer would make. 

But currently the main challenge for Russian software developers is differentiating themselves in the international markets.  “One of the biggest struggles is that they are up against the dominant player in the industry [India].” (47)

Key Stats

  • Literacy: 99%
  • Percent of adults who are college graduates: 20% (60)
  • Number of CS/CE/MIS post secondary programs
    • Admissions in computer related degrees in 2000: 25,000 (60)
  • Percent of Russian software companies who employ PhDs: 77.4%
    • In 45.8% of those, PhDs make up about 10% of staff (60)

 

Quality of IT Education

Russia has a long tradition of strong mathematical and scientific education.  Software related disciplines contain heavy mathematical components sometimes at the cost of extensive programming practice.  Yet Russian programmers learn a wide range of skills that can be applied to complex R&D situations.  The emphasis on math may well help graduates deal with cutting edge domains and extremely challenging problems.

 

Supply and Demand of IT Professionals

Russia is where India was 10 years ago,” said Steve Chase, president of Intel Russia, “Information Technology makes up only 1% of Russia’s gross domestic product.  Although 1.3 million Russians have degrees in fields like computer science or engineering, only 70,000 currently work in information technology-related jobs.” (53) In 2001, the Russian Offshore programming industry alone employed 5,000 to 8,000 programmers with totals for the industry ranging from 50,000 to 80,000 people. (56)

 

Praise for the Russian Programmer

Russian developers stand out for their ability to handle complex projects based on core engineering.  “They are extremely creative; they are imaginative; they are disciplined,” Chase said.  “When it comes to solving mathematical algorithms, they are basically unbeatable.” (53)  They are also cheap, making only about 25% of what an American developer would make.

 

Colleges and Universities

 Academy of the National Economy

http://www.ane.ru/en/

 Kaliningrad State University

http://www.albertina.ru/eng/

 Kazan State University

http://www.kcn.ru/tat_en/university/index.php3

 Moscow State Technical University

http://www.bmstu.ru/mstu/English/

 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

http://www.mipt.ru/eng/

 Moscow Engineering Physics Institute

http://www.mephi.ru/eng/second.html

 Moscow State Institute of Electronic Engineering

 Moscow University Touro

http://www.touro.ru/

 Nizhni Novgorod State University

http://www.unn.ru/main_eng.htm

 Novgorod State University

http://www.novsu.ac.ru/e-index.php3

 Novosibirsk State Univeristy

http://www.nsu.ru/english/

 St Petersburg State Polytechnical University

http://www.spbstu.ru/english/index.html

 St Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics

http://www.engec.ru/eng/index.shtml

 St Petersburg State University

http://www.spbu.ru/e/

 


 

Contact Me | ©2004 Sarah C. Waylett