The past year was a test for all of us. Nevertheless, we have used that time to become better and stronger, to make our programmes more interesting and relevant than ever. The results we accomplished in the challenging year of 2020 are impressive: we entered the top 50 of the Financial Times ranking of corporate programmes (for the first time in our history); the SKOLKOVO Practicum Development of Entrepreneurship in Russia programme won the EFMD 2020 Excellence in Practice award in the special Ecosystem Development category of the business case competition.
Today the business school is gradually getting back to normal. However, the pandemic persists, and our mission—developing people able to develop themselves, the country, and the world—is more relevant than ever.
Last year, we launched the Next Step initiative and, thanks to the support of our alumni, raised more than 11 million roubles. We have used the money to train entrepreneurs who run small and medium-sized businesses and to purchase advanced equipment for the business school, in particular, for our GLASSROOM studios. I am so proud of our unique community of alumni—a community of driven people who care. Many of you have become volunteers. You help one another during this difficult period. On behalf of the entire staff of the business school and its founders, I would like to thank you all for your invaluable support. You have proven: a business school is as strong as its alumni.
Starting this year, we intend to hold the Next Step grant campaign on an annual basis. I invite you to join this initiative and give a chance to study at the business school to the best and most promising applicants that we, together with the grant sponsors, are going to select on a competitive basis.
This can change the country and the world for the better. Let’s make a difference!
I wish you and your loved ones health and strength!