Development of Entrepreneurial Thinking in Students Milieu is a Sustainable Growth Booster

17 January 2019
Development of Entrepreneurial Thinking in Students Milieu is a Sustainable Growth Booster

On January 17, within the framework of the 10th Gaidar Forum, an expert discussion “Development of Entrepreneurial Thinking in Students Milieu as a Sustainable Growth Booster” was held. The contemporary world experiences considerable transformations, by virtue whereof the agenda of the sustainable development goals becomes more and more important. For instance, over 80%  of global CEOs and over 40% of Russian CEOs regard the sustainable development of business as a high priority.

Irina Artyushina, Chairperson of the Sustainable Business Development and Corporate Relations Department of Unilever in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, started the discussion. In particular, she noted two principle goals in the entrepreneurship system: stable economic growth and quality education. Within the first clause, the elaboration of policy promoting jobs creation and business activity is important.

Konstantin Belyakov, Head of the Creative Department of S7 Group, continued her sentiment. He stated, “The basics of entrepreneurship skills development is certainly a duty of educational institutions. Such skills at a starting level are essential for every human being, for any student”. Sustainable development models in Russia are undervalued, they are of hidden potential and offer competitive advantage. The incorporation of the agenda of the sustainable development goals into the best practices of the entrepreneurial thinking development in the students milieu may serve as a mean for this competitive advantage development, Mr. Belyakov continued. “A scientist lake an entrepreneur can exist, work apart, and any one of them is self-sufficient in his function. But only teaming up, they are able to create a bit more”, the representative of S7 Group added.

Ivan Kamaev, Director of Entrepreneurship Center of the Tomsk State University, pointed out: “The challenge is to provide starting competences for university students and professors. Entrepreneurship means not only to do business. Among prior features are also the dynamic society transformation and the social rehabilitation.” According ti him, the role of university infrastructure are crucial for entrepreneurial competencies development, as global researches find.

Then, the floor was given to Evgeniya Nekhoda, Professor of the Department of Management and Marketing of the Tomsk State University. She pointed out: “Now, the traditional visions on economy is being destroyed, this is the case of the business and enterprises development goal as well”.

Experts debated also the issues of the incorporation of the sustainable development agenda in curricula, the similarities and differences in management competencies development, and the basic premises and conditions for the entrepreneurial activity of students.

As a summing-up of the discussion, its participants concluded, that the school and studentship time is the best period for entrepreneurial skills development. In combining of theoretical and practical education techniques, the training of high school graduates with good skills in the fields of management and entrepreneurship is possible.It provide benefits both for employers and for the future professionals.

Anna Dityakina, RANEPA


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10th Gaidar Forum Organizers:

The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA);
The Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute);
The Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

The general partners of the Gaidar Forum are Gazprom and Gazprombank; strategic partners include Prosveshcheniye publishing house, Coca-Cola, Pharmstandard group, ACIG Group of Companies, the Russian Textbook Corporation, SANOFI, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Russian Railways, MSD, and Mastercard; EY, Cisco and Russian Direct Investment Fund are partners. This discussion’s partners are Philips, Cherkizovo and RVC.

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