To date, 30.6 thousand students from Turkmenistan study at Russian universities. The Press Service of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation provided this data.
In total, the number of foreign students in higher educational institutions of Russia has increased by 26 thousand people over the past three years and reached 324 thousand in 2021.
It is specified that most foreigners study at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Kazan Federal University, Moscow Financial and Industrial University "Synergy", Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and Moscow State University after M.V. Lomonosov.
Turkmen citizens choose medical and economic areas of study most often. In addition, pedagogy and psychology are in demand among Turkmen students.
In Turkmenistan, Russian education is in high demand. Last year, 1,800 applications were received for 220 quotas for studying at Russian higher educational institutions at the expense of the federal budget, that is, the competition amounted to nine people for one place. Experts explain the interest in Russian education by traditional, historically established ties.
Russian party plans to increase the number of free places for foreign students this year, including from CIS countries.