Second Foreign Affairs School at IBS Moscow
RANEPA Institute of Business Studies (IBS) has held the Second Foreign Affairs School for pupils of the 10th grade (the pre-graduation year in high school), attended by more than 30 young people from different regions of our country.
To be admitted, the high-schoolers had to submit their motivation letters in which they talked about their interests in the field of international law, politics, sustainable development, inclusion, development of relations with the Eastern countries and others. The number of applicants exceeded a hundred this year. The main theme of this year’s School was Socio-Economic Inequality. Leading experts at IBS Foreign Relations Department helped the participants study various aspects of these problems.
The warm and friendly atmosphere established from the first days facilitated by the team building activities led by the School’s curators. Teachers from the school’s business foreign language division not only helped the participants improve their skill of making presentations in English, but also spoke about important aspects of social responsibility of business.
The participants spent a week exploring the life of the Academy and the basics of the profession of an international relations specialist. Over that time, they were asked to develop a socially significant project and submit it to a commission of IBS professors. To bring the project as close to reality as possible, the participants attended a special seminar on the assessment and analysis of international markets. They were asked to present the concept of the project, as well as to outline a solution to the problem of hunger or poverty in a particular region, and propose steps toward a general improvement of the socioeconomic situation. The proposed solutions involved improving employment and education, infrastructure improvements, launching new industries and recycling.
The busy week culminated in a career guidance workshop and a final session where all participants, previously divided into teams, presented their projects, received feedback from experts and asked their questions about admission to RANEPA.
“The classes were very interesting and useful, and the teachers were incredibly friendly. They supported us and helped us out in any difficult situation. And we all worked together and became good friends,” Darya Nosachova, a participant, shared her impressions, also underscoring the warm relations with her curators who helped them throughout the project. Another participant, Violetta Kalinina, said the IBS Foreign Affairs School helped her gain tremendous experience and positive energy.