Russia's national college entrance exam will include Mandarin as an elective foreign language, according to an announcement by Sergey Kravtsov, Russian deputy minister of education and science, Sputnik News reported.
The three-year preparation work was completed in 2017, including technologies for written and oral tests, reference materials and talent reserves, according to the deputy minister.
Mandarin will soon become the fifth elective test item for the Russian college entrance exam in addition to English, German, French and Spanish.
The study of Mandarin has grown in tandem with increasing co-operation in trade and economics between China and Russia.
The number of Mandarin learners in Russia has grown hugely in the past 10 years, from 17,000 in 2007 to 56,000 in 2017, according to a survey of a regional linguistics research centre in Russia.
Insiders from the Russia education industry confirmed students with both relevant professional background and Mandarin proficiency are more competitive in job applications.