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
In 2019, we consolidated our experience with educational projects and introduced the Educational Initiative. The Initiative became a comprehensive pro bono program 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.
The Initiative laid 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.
An online platform for hosting computer programming contests among students
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 paid courses in the areas of web development, data analysis, data science and some 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.