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Executive MBA Programme

The SKOLKOVO Executive MBA is an international business education for senior executives and business owners

Advantages of the programme:

1 Unique class profile

SKOLKOVO EMBA students are the people who will define the future: the intellectual elite and the most promising representatives of senior management and the business community from Russia and the CIS.

  • 45 are leaders from different areas of business in the class
  • 40% run their own businesses
  • 60% are CEOs and directors
  • On average they have nine years of management experience
  • They work in 30 key industries of the economy
2 Stellar faculty

They are top professors from international business schools: CEIBS, INSEAD, IMD, Cambridge University, IESE, MIT, HKUST, Stanford University.

  • The professors have been selected in line with the individual attributes and requirements of the class
  • They are all academic practitioners boasting vast consulting experience in different industries.
  • They are the authors of courses that have been developed specifically for the programme
3 Opportunities of the SKOLKOVO community

During your studies at SKOLKOVO you will join a unique business community, establish valuable business contacts and friendships, grow personally and develop projects in a stimulating environment surrounded by talented individuals.

  • SKOLKOVO students and alumni
  • Your project mentors are Russia’s leading senior executives
  • The programme experts deliver presentations as part of each module
  • Programme professors/the faculty
  • The Founding partners of SKOLKOVO
4 Practical focus of the programme

In addition to traditional lectures, our professors use innovative teaching methods that facilitate your assimilation of information and development of skills

  • Home assignments are individualised, and address the current business challenges facing your company
  • Interactive lectures
  • Group work on foreign and Russian case studies
  • Business simulations
  • Project work in China and the USA
5 More than just an education
The SKOLKOVO EMBA is not only a world-class business education, but also an experience that will change your entire life, a powerful personal development tool and an opportunity to push you to new limits

Students about programme

  • Students about programme (04:13)
Yury Eremenko
EMBA 1 (2009–2010)
Technosila, General Director

...It is good to learn to think differently...

I myself feel that I have actually changed. I don't know if this is a good thing or not, but my self-confidence began to waiver. That is probably a good thing. It was good to enjoy a new experience, to learn to think differently and understand that you are not the most important person on this planet and not the most intelligent individual.

The studies have no impact on work – you only miss two business days and two days off a month. I still manage to stay in touch all the time, which probably irritates the teachers. I find the time to answer e-mails, agree on certain actions, and take some decisions. Immediately after the end of each module I would return to work and start implementing something new immediately. Some people were annoyed by my disappearances for study – they realised that there would be changes as soon as I came back. The most striking example happened after one of the modules when we restructured the HR department. We did everything correctly and properly as we had been explained. The changes primarily concerned training individuals and enlisting them in the common cause. And this yielded results. Whereas we had been assessed as the worst company for quality of service when benchmarked against competitors at the end of 2008, by 2009 we were the best.

My life is also changing. I am currently at a crossroads – I have received a number of offers regarding participation in business (not start-ups); I received offers to manage companies, even proposals on joint projects from people who are studying here. I think that the number of offers is attributable to my studies. On the one hand, I have some doubt about my persona and development desires. On the other hand, as a professional I have started behaving in a slightly different way, and I have acquired more knowledge, which has affected my behaviour in a constructive and positive way.

I find it hard to highlight any bright impressions – I always perceive everything in the same way. I remember that after the first management module some of our class said: we feel like we already know everything and it is unclear what else we can be taught – the teacher was that striking. The trip to China was very good. This was the penultimate international module. One of the students and I asked if our programme could be related in some way to retail. They arranged a meeting for us with the Director General of Louis Vuitton in China and also an entrepreneur who, after graduating from the INSEAD business school, had established a major distribution business in China with other graduates. All this was extremely interesting. However, I found another experience more significant. We were in Sichuan, in an area where there had been an earthquake two years previously. We lived in the house of the head of one of the villages that had been rebuilt from scratch. It was very interesting to immerse myself in his way of life and get to know certain national specifics from the inside. I had previously visited China a number of times on business, but this trip was real revelation.

Such things take you out of the daily routine. Indeed the daily routine also changes, as now it can be investigated from within, and new elements can be added, obtained during such self-experimentation as an overnight stay in a village house without heating, and communications and dinner with a peasant.

I am completing my studies and summarising the results in my head. Until recently I wondered whether it would be hard to study or not. And I have realised that even though I had to read and write a lot, I enjoyed everything. I wouldn't say that I considered the modules work that tired me out at the end of the working week. On the contrary, this was leisure.

Alexander Lagutin
Nazvanie.net CFO

– What knowledge and skills obtained during the programme did you manage to apply in your work?

You come away with something new from each module. Take, for example, the decision tree. I had a problem involving the restructuring of debts running into hundreds of millions of dollars. This brought with it a heavy emotional burden. However, thanks to the decision tree, I was able to look at the situation rationally, understand and start to act. I was also helped by the negotiating module.

In general, all the knowledge is accumulated and streamlined throughout the studies, and you gradually change your way of thinking. As a result many people change their jobs and start aspiring to do something new. When I came to SKOLKOVO, I had to pigeonhole the knowledge I had at the time and understand whether I was using it correctly. I wanted to analyse my own experience and reach the next level. When this transition occurs, you start to communicate with your work colleagues in a new way. Sometimes misunderstandings can occur. Sometimes it can be boring. Sometimes you leave a job due to certain circumstances, whereas in another situation you would have immediately started considering new offers. However, now first and foremost you want to complete your studies.

– How did the programme affect your personal development and performance?

My performance clearly improved. I started to do some things more quickly. During the studies you gain access to new management technologies, methods for performing analysis, etc. After each case I applied the knowledge and skills that I had obtained. This enabled me to organise people in a different way and to identify my own strengths and weaknesses.

Mikhail Kokorich
EMBA 1 (2009–2010)
Ilim Timber Industry, CEO

...I was one of the last students to enrol on the Executive MBA programme. I believe that this was one of the best decisions that I have taken in my life. Personally I benefited not only from the knowledge, but also from socialising in a new business environment...
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