January 23, 2018 | Tel Aviv University will partner with Yandex, the Russian multinational technology company operating Russia’s largest search engine, to launch the Yandex Machine Learning Initiative, the tech firm announced in a statement. The initiative will run through TAU’s Blavatnik School of Computer Science as part of the Bachelors of Science program in computer science. The partnership will expand machine learning education at TAU through the launch of courses that will focus on machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and robotics as well as lecture series that will bring experts from around the world to lecture on machine learning and collaborate with TAU faculty. The initiative will also support the recruitment of new faculty and the acquisition of new equipment for research. Yandex Fellowships will provide scholarships opportunities to students at Master’s, Doctoral, and Post-doctoral levels. Tel Aviv University will be the sixth branch for the Yandex School of Data Analysis (YSDA.) YSDA will offer a one-year career advancement program in machine learning in fall 2018. Founded in 1997, Yandex celebrates more than 20 years as a company providing Internet-related services, with 10 years running its free Master’s program in computer science and data analysis. Yandex operates the largest search engine in Russia, with about 65 percent market share in the country, according to a March 2017 report from BBC News.