RANEPA FESS students present their business projects in European universities
Students of RANEPA Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (FESS) have presented progress reports on their projects in France, Italy and Germany. All the developments are real-life business projects commissioned by major international companies.
FESS students now view projects commissioned by international giants such as BMW, Bosch, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, DeLonghi, Unilever, Pfizer, BMW Mini, Acentus, Avon, L'Oreal and Sberbank as an important part of their curriculum, a way to gain professional competencies and find jobs with large international or Russian companies. Last year, 30 projects were accepted by the clients with full approval; the same performance level is expected this year. The work involved 90 third and fourth year students who have developed their projects in teams from a number of European universities.
The last week of November was the deadline for part of the project teams to present their progress reports and get preliminary approval. Several groups of RANEPA FESS students travelled to European universities. From November 21-23, the Mirinda project developed for PepsiCo was presented in Nice, France. FESS students Margarita Zakharova, Anastasia Kostina, Yelizaveta Makarova and Erik Salikhov have worked on it with a team from France’s SKEMA Business School, supervised by Katalin Diossi, PhD, FESS, and Yan Grasselli, PhD, SKEMA. It is noteworthy that it was the first joint business project in the history of cooperation between Russian and French universities.
On November 25, the team including Polina Gryaznova, Ilya Davydov, Pavel Kolesov and Anastasia Kutuzova presented their project at the University of Pisa (Universita di Pisa, Italy). This group, together with the Italian team from Faculty of Economia e Management, has developed another PepsiCo project – Sales Increase for Energy Drinks, supervised by A.E. Olkova, PhD, FESS and Nicola Castellano, PhD, University of Pisa.
Working on business projects is a form of internationalization and academic mobility: the periods of time that students spend at foreign universities, they become enrolled as students of those universities. So students from Italy, Hungary, Germany, Romania, Spain, Belgium, France, and possibly the UK will temporarily become RANEPA students.
From November 28 to November 30, two projects commissioned by Bosch were presented in Hochschule Fresenius (Munich, Germany). The projects – Screwdriver Strategy IXO VI and Hobbiest Behavior, Dremel – were presented by German master’s students and five bachelor students from FESS (Yevgeny Belsky, Yekaterina Boloban, Vidana Sizonenko, Yekaterina Tyapkina and Yekaterina Cherkashina). This project is led by E.D. Itsakov, PhD, Head of FESS Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, and Martin Kreeb, PhD, Germany.