Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: “The School is Known for Its Progressive Educational Methods and Global Perspective”

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Moscow, October 22, 2019 – The International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO held a regular meeting.

SKOLKOVO: Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: “The School is Known for Its Progressive Educational Methods and Global Perspective”

Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and the Chairman of the International Advisory Board, congratulated the school on receiving the international EQUIS EFMD accreditation: “It is indeed a rare accomplishment achieved by only around 1% of all global schools, which places SKOLKOVO alongside with the acknowledged world leaders and confirms its high international standards of education. That was the goal we set for the School when discussing its establishment.”

According to the Prime Minister, today the School can be fairly considered the largest private business school in Russia and Eastern Europe.

“I hope it is known for its progressive educational methods and global perspective. For many people, studying here was one of the main steps towards success. It is a place where famous professors teach alongside with the leaders of business,” said Dmitry Medvedev.

The International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO includes the representatives of both Russian and international businesses, as well as public and political figures who provide strategic advice and are actively involved in the development of the School’s educational and research agenda.

During the IAB meeting, the participants discussed global trends and analysed best practices of developing new-generation leaders and managers. Speakers of the event included Jay Nibbe, EY Global Vice Chair, Mark Sutton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Paper, and Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chairman at Mastercard.

The participants of the meeting also talked about developing opportunities for entrepreneurs and companies that had already succeeded in Russia and strove to enter international market. In autumn 2019, the School, together with the Russian Export Centre, launched the Exporters 2.0 programme for SMEs that are working to expand their markets and build up export strategies for Europe, Asia and America.

“We know how much this business area of focus means for the Russian Government. We want to steadily develop non-resource export and help Russian entrepreneurs find new markets,” said Andrey Sharonov, President of the SKOLKOVO business school.

During IAB meeting two partnership agreements were signed. The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and International Paper extended their three-year cooperation agreement for the third time, which means they will carry on with the joint research and educational projects, support the development of the Business School’s Campus infrastructure and SKOLKOVO MBA grant programme.

Mark Sutton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Paper, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO: “Nine years ago International Paper began this journey with SKOLKOVO Business School. We signed our Today we signed our third Memorandum of Understanding for the next 3 years of this strategic partnership with the School to support SKOLKOVO in further delivering world class business education programs in areas such as strategic leadership, sustainability and talent development. For International Paper, sustainability and the responsible use of natural resources are a core value and I applaud SKOLKOVO’s increasing focus on sustainability. Through our partnership with the School, we are proud to be providing knowledge and skills that the leaders of today and tomorrow will need to succeed in the global business world.”

The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO also signed a three-year agreement on strategic partnership in education with PepsiCo. The cooperation between the two companies entails supporting and conducting joint events aimed at the development of business education and research projects.

Ramon Laguarta, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of PepsiCo and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO: “At PepsiCo, we invest in more environmentally-friendly solutions and scenarios that can help decrease the level of pollution. It is an honour for us to become a partner of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. We hope to create joint projects that will contribute to the development of people and the region.”

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