The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO Is to Manage Global Education Programme

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Moscow, September 24, 2014. – The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO was chosen to operate the Global Education programme. The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation tender committee announced its decision at the meeting of the programme Supervisory Board on September 24.

SKOLKOVO: The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO Is to Manage Global Education Programme

The Global Education programme aims at preparing talent for the Russian economy. By 2016, at least 1,500 Russian citizens will finish their training at the leading foreign universities. The programme was commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SkolTech). ASI initiated the programme and developed its concept.

Under the programme, students will be awarded grants to study at graduate, postgraduate and residency levels in several areas, including engineering, science and education, medicine, economics and management in the social sphere. Upon completing the training programme, the participants will be required to work in a Russian company for at least 3 years.

The SKOLKOVO business school’s task is to build all the logistics – from organizing the competition and selecting students to working with Russian companies and monitoring graduates’ career development. The SKOLKOVO Education Development Centre – the research institute, implementing new approaches and practices in education – will oversee the project work.

Andrei Sharonov, Dean of The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, commented: "Soon, we are launching an online portal where applicants will be able to find all the selection criteria and apply for the programme. Our task is to find the most promising and ambitious students, give them an opportunity to gain competencies at the world's top universities and help them apply their potential in Russian companies".

The list of more than 500 potential employers and universities, included in the ratings of the world's best schools, has already been created. The first students will leave for their studies by the end of 2014.

"The programme is aimed primarily at providing highly qualified personnel for Russian regions: only 10% of graduates will be able to find jobs in organizations, located in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Particular attention will be paid to the Far Eastern Federal District," said Andrei Nikitin, General Director of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

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