RANEPA, Coca-Cola HBC Russia sign cooperation agreement
On March 30, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and Coca-Cola HBC Russia signed a cooperation agreement at RANEPA in Moscow. The Academy is Russia’s first university to enter new-format cooperation with the company.
RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau and CEO of Coca-Cola HBC Russia Stefanos Vafidis signed the agreement. Coca-Cola HBC Russia will help organize activities for RANEPA students that will help them learn more about building a career in the company. At the same time, the Presidential Academy will offer new opportunities – lectures and seminars from company experts, business cases, job fairs, and career-oriented tours of production facilities.
RANEPA students will be among the first to receive information about new job openings for beginners. Internships at Coca-Cola HBC Russia and the Rise Management Trainee Program have been opened for applications. The students will also participate in the company’s environmental and volunteer projects.
“So far, our relationship has been extremely effective. Coca-Cola is actively involved in our work,” Dr. Mau said at the ceremony. The thanked the other party for their help in preparing the university’s unique events – the Gaidar Forum and the Summer Campus in Kazan. “It is very important that we have a course taught by Coca-Cola at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. It turned out to be very popular and interesting. I would like to personally thank Mr. Vafidis who has already given a lecture as part of this course. I hope that this tradition will continue. I am confident that this is the beginning of a new, bright phase of our relations,” he added.
Director of Coca-Cola HBC Russia agreed that the signing of the agreement will give a start to a great future: “We all know that the Russian Presidential Academy is a wonderful institution with teaching at the highest level, focused on training future leaders. We are extremely proud of being able to contribute to the Academy and become involved in the development of Russia's youth.” Coca-Cola HBC Russia sees three main areas for cooperation with RANEPA: work opportunities for RANEPA students and graduates; organization of training based on real business cases; and the expansion of social responsibility, Stefanos Vafidis noted.
RANEPA Vice-Rector Ivan Fedotov added that Coca-Cola had previously supported RANEPA events – the Gaidar Forum and the Summer Campus – without any agreement. He thanked the company for its partnership in education and for providing opportunities for RANEPA students: “All this has contributed to the development of our cooperation.”
Dean of the RANEPA Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Science Alexander Chichin said that Stefanos Vafidis' lecture as part of the logistics course allowed to start intensive cooperation with the company even before the signing of the agreement. Alexander Chichin also proposed establishing an educational center and a joint English-language Master’s program. The general director of Coca-Cola HBC Russia supported this initiative.
“Coca-Cola’s international experience is very important to us. As a school of public and business administration, RANEPA really needs business experience,” Vladimir Mau concluded.