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eSTARS 2018 

December 5-6, Moscow

State policy, academic research, managerial and technological solutions

eSTARS 2018 is the international scientific conference dedicated to both the present and future of online education, the unique platform for professional discussion of global E-learning trends, presentation of advanced research and exchange of technological and managerial practices.

eSTARS 2018 is

 Definition of the strategy and prospects for the digitalization of education.

Discussion of the main trends and state policy in the field of digitalization of education; challenges of the market and the position of the business as a potential employer.

Leading global researchers and organizers of online learning, representatives from education, business and technology.

 Unique studies of online education. Ideas and new solutions obtained during the intersection between scientists and practitioners.

Productive networking, master-classes, workshops; the opportunity to meet and share experiences with the leaders of the online education market.


Topic: The role of universities in the development of human capital for the digital economy


Consistently ranked as one of Russian's top universities the Higher School of Economics (HSE) is a leader in Russian education and one of the top economics and social sciences universities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The co-founder of the Russian National Platform for Open Education, HSE includes MOOCs into its curricula since 2013. More than 13,000 HSE students completed online courses in 2017 alone.

#1 among Russian universities on Coursera

#4 in terms of total courses on Coursera

2,000,000 learners

141 online courses

The world's leading online education platform offering courses, specializations and degrees from universities and educational institutions from 160 world universities in dozens of topics from business to technology, from data science to creative arts. Coursera empowers learners around the world to achieve their career, educational, and personal development goals throughout their lives.

160 top global universities

8 universities from Russia

30,000,000 learners

2,900 online courses

Supported by

UNICA - Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe founded in 1990. It is currently made up of 49 universities from 37 capital cities of Europe, combining over 160,000 university staff and 1.900,000 students. It is known for transmitting democratic values, acting as a catalyst for the advancement, integration and cooperation of Member Universities throughout Europe as a means of social understanding, global collaboration, and sustainable development.  Higher School of Economics and Lomonosov Moscow State University are the members and representatives of Russian Federation in UNICA.

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Who should attend eSTARS

Legislative and executive authorities

to keep up with the development of online education and regulate these process

Heads of universities and educational organizations

to understand the lastest trends and identify roles they can play in education reform

ELearning and pedagogical researchers

to share their latest ideas and highlight points of growth on the market

Managers of online educational projects

to create better solutions using the latest technologies

Heads of corporate universities

to learn about bettering human potential and building stronger teams

Distance learning professionals

to get inspiration from experts and create effective learning programmes

Key Speakers

Yaroslav Kuzminov

HSE Rector

Shravan Goli

Chief Product Officer,

Luciano Saso

President, UNICA,
Chair of the EdulLAB Working Grou

Doug Lederman

Co-editor and co-founder, Inside Higher Ed

Neil Morris

Professor, Director of Digital Learning, University of Leeds

William Kuskin

Vice Rector & Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives Boulder, CO

Eduard Galazhinskiy

Rector, TSU

Nikolay Kudryavtsev

Rector, MIPT

Andrey Rudskoy

Rector, SPbPU

Valery Katkalo

Dean, Sberbank Corporate University

Vasily Tretyakov

CEO, University 20.35

Nadezhda Surova

Member of the Expert Council for Digital Economy and Blockchain Technologies, the State Duma of the Russian Federation

Stephen C. Ludwig

Regent, University of Colorado

Shijie Yu

Prof., Deputy Director, Research Center for Online Education, Ministry of Education, PRC, Director, Online Education Office, Tsinghua University

Ting-Chuen Pong

Professor, Senior Advisor to the Provost, Director of the Center for Engineering Education Innovation and Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

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The eSTARS-2018 Conference Program

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More than 400 visitors attended the 1st International Research Conference eSTARS-2017 over the course of 2 days.

11 countries were represented, including: USA, UK, Netherlands, Israel, India, Switzerland and South Africa.

Leaders and professionals from 56 universities, leading Russian experts, representatives of the Ministry of Education and corporate business.

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Contact information

+7 (495) 772 9590 *23160


Venue (5 december)

Digital business space
47, Pokrovka street, Moscow, Russia
Nearby metro stations: Krasnye Vorota, Kurskaya

Venue (6 december)

HSE Main Building
11, Myasnitskaya street, Moscow, Russia
Nearby metro stations: Kitai Gorod, Lubyanka, Teatralnaya