SKOLKOVO Business School Develops Educational Programmes for Russian Officials

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Moscow, October 17, 2017. – The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO should participate in generating the strategy for the long-term development of the country and nurturing managers for state companies, believes Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

SKOLKOVO: SKOLKOVO Business School Develops Educational Programmes for Russian Officials

Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation:
“I consider it important for the scientific and educational potential of the School to be used to improve public administration, as well as the long-term development strategy of the country.”

On October 17, the annual meeting of the International Advisory Board was held at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. The main topic addressed by the meeting was the future of business education and international cooperation. The meeting was attended by special guests—the heads of the world’s leading business schools: Jean-François Manzoni, IMD President, Wei Shyy, Provost of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and Jörg Rocholl, President of the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT). The deans and the members of the International Advisory Board discussed the factors that determine the success of business education in the era of digital transformation, the kinds of knowledge that will be in demand in the coming decades, and the possible ways to use the opportunities of partnership and cooperation.

Jean-François Manzoni, President of IMD:
“I can see many obvious similarities between IMD and the SKOLKOVO Business School. 80% of the IMD educational programmes are aimed at professional training of senior executives. We believe that training current top managers is exactly what is necessary in the constantly changing environment. I am sure that the programmes jointly developed by IMD and the SKOLKOVO Business School will allow us to build a new entrepreneurial elite, capable of successfully implementing projects on the world stage under any scenarios.”

Over the last several years, the SKOLKOVO Business School has been actively developing the area of international cooperation. In autumn 2016, a strategic partnership agreement between the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was signed in the presence of Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. The SKOLKOVO Business School became a full member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)—the leading association of business schools, and entered the process of international accreditation (EFMD European Quality Improvement System (EFMD EQUIS)), thus confirming its world level of education and research. In the coming years, the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO aims to enter GNAM, the global alliance uniting the best business schools in the world (including IMD, Yale, INSEAD, ESMT, and HKUST).

Andrei Sharonov, President of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO:
“It is important for us as a business school to develop the area of international partnerships. The modern world gives no quarter to those who close up and turn away from cooperation. We believe that although cooperation, exchange of experience, working in a multicultural environment, and search for synergy might be far from the easiest way, it is definitely more effective and leads to a better understanding of oneself and one’s own peculiarities. With that in mind, we have chosen entering the global space to be one of our priority objectives.”

Another item on the agenda was the development of the SKOLKOVO Education Hub, the agreement on the creation of which was signed in February 2017. The SKOLKOVO Education Hub brings together the SKOLKOVO Business School, Skoltech, and the New Economic School (NES).

“Collaboration between the SKOLKOVO Business School, Skoltech, and NES opens up new research opportunities. It creates business education of a fundamentally different quality. I believe that it is the SKOLKOVO Education Hub that should train managers not only for the private sector, but also for state companies [within the framework of the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation project.] After all, the more people are able to manage and think in a new way, the more chances the country has for innovative breakthrough,” said Dmitry Medvedev.

Among the guests at the International Advisory Board meeting was Jack Ma, the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Alibaba Group.

Jack Ma, founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Alibaba Group:
“I think that the Internet and digital technologies will solve many problems. With them, development will be more sustainable. I think it will make people happier.”

During the International Advisory Board meeting, two cooperation agreements were signed: one with Enel, a multinational energy company, and the other — with the ESMT Business School.

The Memorandum of Cooperation, concluded with ESMT, provides for carrying out joint educational programmes and research projects, as well as cooperation in conducting on-site modules in the campuses of the schools.

Enel and the SKOLKOVO Business School have agreed to conduct joint research programmes in the field of long-term and sustainable development of the economy, energy industries, and global energy markets.


Background information:

The International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO provides strategic advice and participates in defining the vector for further development of the School. The members of the Advisory Board are highly respected representatives of large companies, as well as public and political figures, both Russian and international. The Board includes representatives of international companies such as Credit Suisse, Schlumberger, Mastercard, EY, Unilever, International Paper, and PWC. The International Advisory Board is headed by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev. The annual meetings of the Board take place every September, and are timed to coincide with the birthday of the School.

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