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Unforgettable week at University of Perugia

31 October2019
Unforgettable week at University of Perugia

Students from Global Governance and Leadership, an English-language undergraduate program at RANEPA Institute for Social Sciences (IIS), have taken a week-long training at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Italy, the University of Perugia.

Over the week, the GGL students explored the specifics of the socio-economic and cultural development of a prosperous Italian region, Umbria. They attended leadership and strategic planning and project management workshops delivered by faculty from the University of Perugia. The practical part of their training included a visit to major local companies in the tourism, food, wine and fashion industries.

The unusual accommodation helped the students get a feel of Umbria and truly immerse in the Italian atmosphere during their program – they lived in an active Franciscan monastery. Its picturesque grounds and authentic atmosphere made the experience truly unforgettable.

The first company the Presidential Academy students visited was Nestle-Perugina, where they learned about the history of the Italian chocolate factory Perugina, its integration with Nestle, its strategic plans and current state of development. The company’s confectioners gave a workshop on the production of Baci chocolates, a hallmark product of Nestle-Perugina.

Next, the Russian students moved over to the tourism industry. Professor Simone Splendiani from the University of Perugia discussed with them the natural, territorial, historical and ethnic specifics of Umbria. The professor spoke about the positive impact of tourism on the regional economy.

The third day was devoted to the Italian fashion industry. The students visited the Brunello Cucinelli apparel plant to study the clothes, shoes and accessories production cycles and quality control, and also met with the management. Representatives of the company spoke about the history of the Italian fashion industry, the reputation of Italian brands on the international market and the Brunello Cucinelli brand development strategy.

On the fourth day, they focused on the wine and food industry in Umbria. The students visited one of the best wineries in Italy, Lungarotti. After discussing the Lungarotti wine production cycles, they also talked to the company's senior executives. The experts shared the current trends in the development of the modern wine growing industry, the specifics of wine export and their products’ competitive advantages in the world wine market.

Finally, the Russian students paid a visit to the center of Italian ceramics – the city of Deruta. The visit began with a meeting with the mayor of Deruta who spoke to the students about the history of the city and its main development plans. After that, the students attended a ceramic workshop, where they learned about the production and export of ceramic products and talked with the company management.

At the end of the week, the program participants developed and presented their own projects for the development of tourism, food, wine and fashion industries in Russia. All projects have earned high marks from the faculty and experts at the University of Perugia.

“The training at the University of Perugia was incredibly interesting! When we talk about Italy, the first thing that comes to mind is its fashion industry, wine culture and savory cuisine. The program gave us a unique opportunity to meet leading Italian representatives of these industries. The experts told us about their companies’ development and strategies, and gave us valuable management advice. I found this trip not just interesting, but also important in a pragmatic sense. I learned a lot and will try to use the new skills in my future career. This is not the first educational trip that I took as part of the Global Governance and Leadership program at RANEPA. To become a true leader and learn to manage a team or a company in a quality manner, it’s very important to gain hands-on experience and work with international experts, not just study theory,” third-year student Valeria Khalyapina shared.

The School of Public Policy and Management at RANEPA ISS expresses special gratitude to President of Associazione Russia in Umbria Larisa Gavrilova for her help in organizing the training program.

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