Presidential Academy actively involved in SPIEF’19 program
Rector of the Presidential Academy Vladimir Mau took part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 6-8, 2019. He met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Rae Kwon Chung and Serbian Minister of Innovation Nenad Popovic, and signed agreements with PepsiCo and Huawei.
RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau and Minister of Innovation and Technological Development of Serbia Nenad Popovic met on the sidelines of the SPIEF. They discussed joint work, including the exchange of programs and experience in several areas — public administration, innovation and technological development. Other cooperation plans include student and faculty exchanges, joint conferences and programs. Vladimir Mau told his Serbian colleagues about the Presidential Academy’s history and the programs it now implements, and expressed his willingness and readiness to cooperate.
In his remarks at the 21st Century Leader session, Vladimir Mau underlined the importance of leadership strategies in the modern world: competition in business and public administration does not rely on the product, cheap labor or natural resources invested – but on management models and, consequently, on leadership strategies. “Responsibility, efficiency and quality of public administration, leadership as the ability to ensure your company’s leadership in your region is a key to success,” he said.
One can hardly be taught to be a leader, he said, but it is possible to give them knowledge and a set of skills that would help them grow faster. Yet, there is no such thing as a leader’s certificate, because being a leader means achieving success one needs to constantly fight for and constantly reaffirm. Education is in great demand now in Russia, including education for potential leaders. Many people come to the Presidential Academy because they want to gain a certain set of skills that would help them, so they choose complex programs. “Whoever chooses the difficult path is the real leader,” concluded Vladimir Mau.
The session was held with the support of PepsiCo, a company RANEPA signed an agreement with at the SPIEF. The deal was signed by Rector Vladimir Mau and President of Europe Sub-Saharan Africa at PepsiCo Silviu Popovici. The parties agreed to jointly implement a new Management and Marketing course at RANEPA. To ensure a high quality of education and a balance of interests between individuals, businesses and the state, we need a unity of teachers and practitioners such as company managers, Vladimir Mau said. “We are learning a lot from the national business leaders, creating joint projects with them that are unique and unparalleled in Russia, and often outside Russia as well,” he added.
RANEPA also signed a memorandum with Huawei to develop joint educational projects. The parties expressed interest in joint personnel training for the Digital Economy National Program, in organizing lectures and workshops for CDO (Chief Data / Digital Officer) training, as well as in international information cooperation.
“The rapid digitalization of all spheres of life is the most important trend in the modern world. The Presidential Academy has considerable experience in the network training of highly qualified personnel for public administration in the context of digital transformation. We are successfully implementing the Digital Transformation Manager training program; 13,000 such managers will be trained this year. I am sure that the combined experience of RANEPA and the global technology giant, Huawei, will raise the development of digital economy educational programs to a new level and prepare future leaders of the technological breakthrough in our country,” Vladimir Mau said.
Vladimir Mau and Rae Kwon Chung, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, discussed RANEPA’s cooperation with South Korean institutions in sustainable development.
The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has been held since 1997, and since 2006, it has been held under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation. Over the last 21 years, the Forum has become a leading global platform for members of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world as a whole. The key theme of this year’s forum is “Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda.”