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Online education in Russia - statistics & facts

The eLearning, or digital education market is on the rise in Russia. The country is seeing an increase in online services usage, and the implementation of distance education during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic positively impacted the industry. Between 2019 and 2023, the Russian B2C eLearning market was forecast to grow by 56 percent. Since the early 2000s, the number of educational startups has significantly increased nationwide, and eLearning has become the second most popular sector for which startups offered products and technologies.

Online education market segments in Russia

The Russian eLearning market is actively developing for both child and adult audiences. For children, programs start from the pre-school level. The courses offer assistance in school preparation as well as complementary education. School education received the highest volume of investment among B2C segments. For adults, the most prominent categories were corporate, professional, and language training. Furthermore, several online schools taught digital professions, such as in IT, online marketing, and web design. According to a survey among founders of online schools in the country, most companies were active in business education.

Leading eLearning providers in Russia

The online business school Like Center, which offered trainings for entrepreneurs, generated the highest revenue on the Russian online education market in the second quarter of 2021. Another market leader, Skyeng, started as a platform for online language courses, but later expanded into services for children under the brand Skysmart. In 2021, the most visited service was, which operates in the school education segment. When asked about which online course providers they used in 2019, most Russians named the U.S. platform Coursera and the Russian company GeekBrains. The latter, as well as Skillbox and Yandex.Praktikum, provided programs in digital skills. Another key market player was Netology Group, which offered online courses under the brand Netology, a school eLearning platform Foxford, and a service for education specialists EdMarket.

Distance education during COVID-19 in Russia

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools and universities closed in Russia in March 2020, reopening at a different pace depending on the regional epidemiological situation. Prior to the lockdown, 60 percent of Russian higher education institutions were prepared for remote learning. To facilitate the public education system, state authorities set up platforms like the Russian Electronic School or the Moscow Electronic School; the latter saw a 630 percent growth in search queries in the capital in March 2020. Moreover, several EdTech companies offered free courses during the lockdown. However, approximately one third of Russians living in medium-income households stated that they did not possess the necessary resources for distance education, such as a workplace, electronic devices, or an internet connection.

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