Vladimir Mau: Summer Campus is a little life (VIDEO)
On July 19, Rector of the Presidential Academy Vladimir Mau visited the International Summer Campus, where he talked with the students about trends, innovations, universities, as well as the future of education and the economy.
The rector developed his idea from the morning session that one of the most important challenges of our time is the growth of technological uncertainty. No one can say with certainty which qualifications, industries or professions will enjoy priority in the future, Vladimir Mau believes. However, “hard-working people have a much higher chance of becoming successful than lazy people,” the rector said. He also explained to the students that the best profession for the future is to be smart and resourceful; successful people are bound to often change professions, being life-long learners.
Expounding further on education, the speaker highlighted several types of competition in the industry. Firstly, schools/universities are competing for pupils and students; secondly, classical universities are competing with corporate institutions, which also provide educational services. But the main thing that universities should teach, the rector said, is adaptability. Thanks to modern technologies, especially those that facilitate translation, the language barrier will soon disappear and people will have an even wider access to knowledge.
After his introductory remarks, Vladimir Mau engaged in an open dialogue with the Summer Campus participants who had a lot of questions for the rector. Answering the question about the future of pharmaceutical companies, Professor Mau explained that the main problem of large companies lies in their narrow specialization. In the future, such firms will only survive if they reorganize into multi-industrial technology companies and become diversified. Another student asked him about the so-called brain drain; the rector said this phenomenon is quite common in the era of globalization. Another student asked if getting a Master’s is absolutely necessary. “It’s up to you whether you need it or not,” the rector said adding that people sometimes enroll in MBA programs not so much for education proper as for new business connections. Other topics Vladimir Mau discussed with the students included new graduate employment, game theory, the future of artificial intelligence and a number of other economic and educational issues.
The International Summer Campus of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) is a unique annual educational project for best students of Russian and foreign universities. The Campus curriculum comprises lectures and interactive sessions with leading Russian and foreign academics, government employees and world-class business executives. RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau, leading Russian and foreign experts, Russian and foreign business leaders, high-ranking officials and civil servants will traditionally speak at the Summer Campus.
The organizers of RANEPA Summer Campus include RANEPA, the Republic of Tatarstan, and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia.
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