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Programme start

November 8, 2017
group in English

December, 2017
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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)
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...
Erlan Balgarin
Samruk Kazyna Finance, Managing Director

– Please list your key achievements from the programme at present.

– Approximately 30% of the knowledge that I obtained during the studies is applicable to my work, as it implies far greater authority than I have at present. In general I use the skills acquired in corporate finance and HR. Business performance indicators have also improved. I am on the board of directors of the bank. The bank’s financial position has improved and capital has increased significantly recently. It goes without saying that this is due to teamwork. However, I have also played a role in this success.

– How did the programme affect your personal growth and effectiveness?

– The SKOLKOVO EМВА programme does not involve simply studying individual disciplines; you also achieve self-identification. I am grateful to the school for identifying my strengths and weaknesses from the very outset. Throughout the course I constantly worked on them and analysed myself – previously I had never even thought about this. In general, I perceive SKOLKOVO as a whole period in my life that has an impact on everything: relations with family, friends and colleagues, and also certain important decisions. And I am very grateful to my fellow students. We have a great deal in common when it comes to value systems and culture. We find it interesting to communicate and exchange opinions. And this provides a powerful push so that the educational process proceeds even more intensively. If you live according to a certain template, here you realise what this template is and whether it is working for you. SKOLKOVO makes it possible, roughly speaking, to “rewrite your own programme”. This is probably the most important aspect for me personally.

– What knowledge and skills obtained in the programme do you apply at work?

– For example, I apply new skills when forming a team. After determining team roles based on the Belbin Team Inventory, you understand where you are and the individuals that you need on your team. As a result, this has a very significant impact.

In actual fact, it is essential that we do not simply read books: our teachers clearly transmit their own experience. In this way we gain a better understanding of the subject and apply knowledge in practice.

– What assignment that you performed after the module did you find most useful and why?

– Here, I would highlight corporate finance. I had a fairly good understanding of accounting before SKOLKOVO. However, here I was shown details that I had not noticed previously. Previously I had been a user of the model, whereas now I can be a developer. When completing the assignment, I created the model on my own and personally performed all the calculations. This was very interesting.

Another interesting topic was HR when we performed the group assignment. We considered the most effective way of aligning the management of human resources at a specific company. We approached the issue amicably. Everyone expressed his own opinion, and we managed to make a number of valuable recommendations. In other words, we were able to contribute to the businesses of our colleagues.

– Why is worth choosing the SKOLKOVO Executive MBA?

– Why did I choose SKOLKOVO, rather than a French, English or American business school? Firstly because I am interested in the business community in Russia. I am from Kazakhstan and we are currently implementing integration processes. What is the point of going to another part of the world where I will probably never go again? Secondly, I believe SKOLKOVO to be the top school in Russia, which applies stringent selection requirements for students. Thirdly, our teachers come here from all over the world and give 100%, and demonstrate their worth so that they are invited to teach the next module. And finally, I can honestly say that the program represents the period in my life when I am constantly happy, because I experience a sense of freedom and innovation. This is very strong driver. If your daily life is marked by routine and boring chores, SKOLKOVO offers a real escape.

Armen Vardanyan
EMBA 1 (2009–2010)
Vagr Vina-Vita, President

...Objective – To create more...

The first question that everyone asks about SKOLKOVO: “How could you pay such money?” And then they start comparing it with other business schools. There are probably other institutions where you can spend your time in an interesting and beneficial way. However, for me it was more important, believing in the idea of the founders, to make a contribution to the actual establishment of the school, the birth of something new. We, the first group of students, perceive ourselves more as partners than customers of the school. Money was not the decisive issue. At the same time, however, each one of us personally paid for the education, rather than the company where we work.

There is a vast amount of interesting information. The very first module, General Management read by Keith Goodall, was simply mind-blowing. My first degree was in languages – I am an Arabist and graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Studies. And I obtained most of my knowledge in business from my own personal mistakes. However, here you come away with the feeling that everything is stacked up brick by brick, systematically. Even when painfully familiar topics are expressed by someone else, they are classified, and you understand them in a new way. Once every 20 years, you need to “upgrade” yourself in this way.

Understandably, the teachers don’t teach us everything. None of them run a business - at most they have consulted other people. However, there is a second important component – a team of individuals who are completely unique. For me people are the most valuable asset here. In the past I would also escape routine regularly – I have my own wine business, so I spend five-seven months a year travelling both in Russian regions and abroad – Argentina, Chile, South America, Europe. However, business trips are a completely different matter, there my comfort zone is far greater than at a business school: here I had to get used to a completely new environment during the first few modules. I don't mean becoming a student again, but rather the fact that most of the group are younger and each individual has ambitions and is trying to show what he or she is worth. Here it is irrelevant who is an owner, who is a CEO and who simply works for a company

Communicating with intelligent and engaged individuals is a rare opportunity. Each one of us has personal objectives, but many of them coincide. The key objective is to create more. It goes without saying that it is important where you go after the business school, what position you have and how much you subsequently earn. However, it is gratifying to see that there are so many individuals here who have not come simply to take, but rather want to give back.

We help each other, in words and deeds. We are constantly creating something. Several new business projects are already being discussed by just our group. And all these projects, which originated without the assistance of the founding fathers – we understand that we will have to do everything on our own and cannot rely on anyone.

It is quite another matter that any idea should be facilitated by opportunities. At present, however, they are limited. In our country, business is blocked from the outset, and in the case of the wine business, legislation changes once every three months. For example, we woke up on 3 January and discovered that we needed new licences, but nobody knew where to get them. Before that was 2006 and the introduction of the Unified State Automated Information System … We cannot expect stability.

On the other hand, it is easier to study, as there is a certain lull in work. You take one step back and see what you have done all these years. It is as if you are in another hemisphere. And then the breakthrough happens, some new idea appears and some new drive.

I have come up with a new project. I want to return to the knowledge to which I dedicated ten years of my past life and apply this experience and these connections in a new direction. However, for the time being it is too early to talk about this – let everything work out first.

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