According to Russian Ambassador Vladimir Dorokhin, the program on providing government scholarships to study in Russian universities from the budget of the Russian Federation is being implemented not for the first time. In 2009, 123 Azerbaijani students of this program, in 2010 - 192; 2011 - 141; 2012 - 138; 2013 - 139 people moved out to Russia. Today 115 people are enrolled in Russian universities. A decision to enroll 15 more students is being worked out.
The Ambassador noted that the geography of high schools selected by Azerbaijani students is broad - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Astrakhan, Volgograd, Kazan, Kuban, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Ryazan, Samara, Saratov, universities of Dagestan. Areas of training are various - journalism, linguistics, philology, historical, pedagogical and sociological sciences, informatics and computer science, economics, law, pediatrics and general medicine, oil and gas business, and others.
"All the numbers I mentioned show great interest in the preservation of higher education in Russia, the high prestige of Russian diploma in Azerbaijan. Students choose our universities and study here not only on the budget line, but also on their own initiative, at their own expense. Therefore, Russia remains one of the leading international centers for the training of Azerbaijani specialists", the ambassador said at a meeting with students.
According to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation in 2013-2014 academic year 12,843 students from Azerbaijan were enrolled in Russian universities. 1140 of them were trained by the budget of the Russian Federation, and the rest - at their own expense. 9835 students study at state universities and 3008 at private ones.
The vast majority 7,466 people has chosen distance learning, 4997 - full-time, 255 - part-time, 125 people were trained externally.
Azerbaijan occupies the 5th place among the CIS countries in the total number of students studying in Russian universities. More students from Kazakhstan, Belarus, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan come to study in Russia.