Education for all

Yandex understands the value of quality learning. It opens new horizons and allows people to pursue their most ambitious professional opportunities.

Educational Initiatives Through Time

Free Educational Initiatives Today

In 2019, we consolidated our experience with educational projects and introduced a comprehensive pro bono educational stream that focused on four areas of impact – teaching computer skills to the youth, training educators on effective teaching techniques with the use of cutting-edge digital instruments, supporting research and modernizing education infrastructure.
Free educational programs lay at the core of our commitment to creating equal opportunities and changing the perception of IT occupations being 'male' jobs. We focused on building awareness about careers in IT and developing technological acumen among all, empowering female students, the ones who often feel hesitant, to pursue university degrees and careers in tech.
Yandex employees have been playing the key role in carrying out the Initiative’s objectives: many of them contributed and keep contributing as course developers, trainers and facilitators.

First Educational Projects

With the aim to contribute to fostering education in Russia and to address the shortage of IT specialists in the market, we launched our first educational project, Yandex’s School of Data Analysis (YSDA), back in 2007. The YSDA began offering free then-unique data science courses to university students and graduates. Building on the initiative’s success, we proceeded with investing in knowledge sharing and digital tools for improved learning experience – through partnerships with leading universities and research institutions and learning solutions for students and teachers.

Areas of Impact

Improving access to quality IT and mathematics education


schoolchildren graduated from Lyceum by Yandex in 2022


of graduates of Yandex School of Data Analysis have worked or currently work at Yandex

Key projects

  • Free IT training for the youth. Includes Yandex Lyceum for middle and high school students, Yandex School of Data Analysis (YSDA), seasonal schools, internships and other projects.
  • Joint degree programs

    Offered at leading universities: Lomonosov MSU, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, HSE, Ural Federal University, Belarusian State University and more.
  • Student competitions

    In mathematics, programming and linguistics. Yandex is also the main partner of the International Collegial Programming Contest in Russia, the CIS and Baltics
  • Regional programs

    IT study programs offered for students of local educational institutions across Russia

Helping teachers and developing the community of educators

4.3 million

schoolchildren from 40,000 Russian schools use Yandex Textbook at the end of March 2023


teachers deliver training using Yandex Textbook at the end of March 2023

Key projects

  • Free online learning platform containing interactive courses and sets of exercises that cover school curriculum
  • A flagship event bringing together educators, EdTech experts, product developers, researchers and learners to discuss challenges in education and training and ways to address those

Supporting science and fostering a knowledge society


Ilya Segalovich Award winners since 2019

1.2 million

people participated in the Cultural Marathon in 2022

Key projects

  • Established to support the scientific community in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan by recognizing outstanding achievements in computer science
  • Russia-wide educational project that introduces children to the basics of digital economy and technology trends
  • An online immersive quiz for children and adults that aims to deepen knowledge of cultural and ethnic diversity of Russia
  • One of the oldest and the most influential scientific congresses in the world held since 1897

Building strong education infrastructure through technology and research

Key projects

  • Yandex services for universities

    Yandex Cloud, Yandex 360, a comprehensive digital assistant, and an AI data labeling platform to support machine learning
  • I’m a Professional

    Hosted on a digital platform provided by Yandex, the contest challenges job-specific knowledge of undergraduate and graduate students
  • An online platform for hosting computer programming contests among students
  • Research support

    Access to digital tools and knowledge databases, collaboration with Yandex engineers and industry experts

Practicum by Yandex

Yandex also runs Practicum, an online bootcamp that targets self-driven individuals seeking careers in IT.
Practicum by Yandex offers over 50 digital professios and more than 80 paid reskilling and upskilling programs in the areas of web development, data analysis, backend development, QA testing, data engineering and other fields, each calibrated to suit learners of different backgrounds and skill levels, from the beginners to the advanced audience. Students are offered immersive, practice-oriented experiences guided by tech industry professionals.

Real-life business cases

Immersive, practice-oriented experiences

69%( of Practicum students aiming at a new profession get a job in their chosen field, as per the Higher School of Economics study (RU) conducted in 2022)

Guidance from tech professionals and career support

From course completion to job interviews and first weeks at work, learners receive personalized guidance and assistance by Practicum’s team of experienced tutors, reviewers, and career specialists. Today, Practicum graduates can access job openings at more than 1,000 companies partnering with the platform.

Equality and representation

In 2022, women made up 48% of Practicum graduates, while the share of women enrolled in a number of courses exceeded 50% (for instance, there were 68% of women among students in the UX Researcher track in 2022). Within six months of graduating, a new job is generally landed by nearly of female graduates (47% in 2022).