- Help the successful become more successful
- Instruct those capable of development and developing the country and world
Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
This is a long-term educational project with lasting impact, which is aimed at creating a new intellectual and business elite in Russia. Involvement in the project of completely different people and companies, including beyond Russia, allows for solving another fundamental task – expanding the circle of trust in society. All who united around the SKOLKOVO project believed it was important and possible to create a business school capable of standing with the world leaders of business education and developing its own method of training the leaders of change, able to work in circumstances of transformation. While considerable work lies ahead, SKOLKOVO is now the benchmark of quality for similar initiatives and us. Successful implementation of the project, which bordered on impossible, has allowed for quelling general skepticism.
Founded in 2006, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO is Russia’s largest private business school and a joint project of Russian and international business representatives combining their efforts to create a school of the new generation. The business school’s founders are 18 major Russian and foreign companies and individuals.
- Become the foundation of business education in Russia and a solid alternative to Western business schools
- Give to the country managers of the new generation capable of heading and leading Russian companies in the modern economic circumstances
- Become an expert platform for solving the tasks of big business and a center of expertise for those placing their bets on Russia and other emerging markets.
- The school began operating in pilot mode in the fall of 2007.
- Initial selection for the Executive MBA program occurred in the fall of 2008.
- Constructed by September 2009 was the entire building complex of the school campus.
- In June 2010 the first alumni of SKOLKOVO school received their diplomas.
- As of today the school already generates an operating profit, with revenue totaling $60-70 mln.
- The project’s success horizon – 20-25 years.
Total capital expenditures for the project – $250 mln (funds of the project’s donors).
Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. Partners.
The SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Market Studies was established with the goal of promoting the full-scale and efficient integration of Russia into the global economy.
Interviews and other materials
In this new reality the traditional business school format, based on the western template, no longer provides the level of knowledge and quality of education necessary for students and which employers demand.
The former CEO of Troika Dialog, founder of Skolkovo Business School and partner of investment company Vardanyan, Broitman and Partners speaks about new projects, the logic of current events and prospects.
Ruben Vardanyan scheduled the interview for eight in the morning. He says that he usually works from eight in the morning until eleven at night. Apparently, following the sale of Troika Dialog (in October 2011) and departure from the business of Sberbank CIB (in August 2013), Vardanyan’s work has scarcely slowed down.
An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ruben Vardanyan dislikes speaking about politics and the economy, which is today inseparably tied to politics. This is not only because he is generally very cautious in his statements: he is truly much more interested by what he directly engages in and is able to impact himself.
For a man once called the poster boy of Russian capitalism, Ruben Vardanyan is remarkably relaxed about the crisis erupting around him. Sitting in his office in one of Moscow’s premier office complexes, which he also owns, surrounded by deal trophies and other symbols of his success, Mr Vardanian’s response to the rouble’s collapse and the slide towards recession is typically Russian: it has been worse.
“It’s all relative,” he says, before counting off a list of Russian economic crises of the past quarter century since the collapse of the Soviet Union. “Looking back for 25 years being in this country I can tell you, there are always challenges.”