This year, Ural State University of Economics (USUE) celebrates its 50th anniversary. In his interview to Interfax-Ural, USUE Rector Yakov Silin told what the University had achieved over the years, how requirements for students and teachers had been tightened, whether the university had integrated into the economic life of the region.
- Yakov Petrovich, this year the University celebrates its 50th anniversary. With what results you come to this date, what has been achieved over the years?
- We approached the jubilee with a strong team. We established new dissertation councils and scientific journals. While requirements to quality of education are toughening, the number of students at our University is growing. We expel low-performing students and it seems that it should deter applicants, however, we see a reverse process: people want to receive good economic education and pay more attention to our University. USUE students are future managers and a future manager could not be irresponsible
- How many students are currently studying at the university?
- 19.5 thousand. These are undergraduates, graduates, post-graduates, distance learning, full-time and part-time departments... A big team.
In particular, this year USUE admitted more than 1 thousand students at bachelor’s courses and about 500 people came to study master’s programs both full-time and correspondence courses.
– Did USUE enroll more students this year than last year?
– Yes. Even if we take into account that several hundred people had been expelled.
- What was the passing grade?
- The passing score is calculated for state-funded places. This year it was between 72 and 84 points. It is necessary to take into account the specifics of our University; it is not narrow-focused. This is the only university that provides its own financing by 85-90%.
- But you have not refused state financing, have you?
- Of course, we have not. If we had at least one-third of the state funding, we would have done much more. We need another academic building; we need at least one more dormitory. Then we would have increased the number of students. Our graduates are in high demand.