Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ural State Mining University improves application process

Ural State Mining University (USMU) recently took proactive steps to improve its application process, just in time for another wave of applicants to begin the process of submitting paperwork to universities.

George Zemsky, the executive secretary of the selection committee at USMU, has offered advice about what students should focus on as the application process has changed.

The selection team at USMU recommends students take four additional subjects on their Unified State Examinations (USE): social studies, geography, physics and history. Mathematics and Russian are already required subjects. Taking a wider variety of tests exposes the students to more universities that may be interested in their applications.

Because of the competitiveness in the engineering department, USMU only considers engineering students who attain a minimum of 160 points on their entrance exams. This score includes results from subjects including Russian, mathematics and physics.

The minimum 160 is a relatively low score. Many universities require a much higher grade, but USMU wants to make higher education available to students from provincial towns where they may not have had the same educational resources as students from the suburbs. Forty percent of students at USMU are from Yekaterinburg and other suburbs, while the remaining 60 percent are students from other areas in Russia or from abroad.

Economics students must also receive a 160 or higher on their USE scores, though the competition within the economics department is not as intense as in the engineering department.

USMU anticipates even more growth in its online distance learning program in the coming year. This option creates more opportunities for part-time students.

As part of the changes, USMU now has 230 openings within its distance learning program. University officials made this adjustment in hopes of encouraging more qualified graduates for careers in the oil, gas and mining industries. Many USMU graduates pursue professions in these fields, which are key to sustaining the Russian economy during the current crisis.

USMU has also created a department called the Institute of World Economy. Its curriculum exposes students to work in engineering, international economics and business. The wide variety of departments within this institute opens further options for USMU students, who can now study in two fields rather than one.

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