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Working visit of Andrei Margolin, Provost of RANEPA, to Prague

13 June2019
Working visit of Andrei Margolin, Provost of RANEPA, to Prague

Andrei Margolin, Provost, Director of the Institute of Finance and Sustainable Development (IFSD) of RANEPA, paid a working visit to the Czech Technical University located in Prague. CTU, founded in 1707, has sound history and is considered to be the most prestigious Czech technical higher educational institution. Today, CTU is ranked among the most prestigious global higher educational institutions delivering higher technical education.

Within the visit, negotiations were held with the management of the MIAS Business School of the Czech Technical University and there was a web-conference Moscow-Prague with the key experts of the Institute of Finance and Sustainable Development. The web-conference opened on the report by Professor Jaromír Veber, the key expert of the MIAS Business School for global economy. He focused on the urgent subject of sharing economy that essentially characterizes the new business model, within which people may use digital technologies to exchange assets that they cannot use in the traditional market economy. Professor Veber told about reasons for its fast growth, impact on traditional economic sectors and on the contents of educational programs in the high school. 

The sustainable development subject was also actively discussed by participants of the web-conference both by the Russian and the Czech parties. The discussion process revealed many common scientific interests and promising areas of future cooperation.  For example, teachers of IFSD of RANEPA were deeply interested in the experience of their colleagues from CTU in organizing education for students in two specialties simultaneously. And Czech colleagues asked to elaborate in more detail the dual education concept that currently undergoes the test run in academic groups of IFSD.

As a separate set of questions within the web-meeting, the possibility of close interaction between students of our higher education institutions was discussed. There was special interest for cooperation areas, such as joint student projects on the subject of sustainable development, holding summer schools of sustainable development, joint web-meetings of student councils and student scientific communities, etc.

The mutual understanding established between participants of the web-meeting laid the foundation of success in the negotiations held in the afternoon the same day between Andrei Margolin and management of the MIAS Business School of the Czech Technical University. They discussed the ways of practical implementation of areas of potential cooperation, specified during the web-conference. The subject of negotiations included, inter alia, discussion on possibilities of coordination of curricula of Bachelor’s degree education programs implemented by IFSD and the Business School and subsequent signing of the agreement on joint implementation of the dual degree program in Economics or Management.

The negotiations resulted in the arrangement between the parties to develop a joint Bachelor’s degree program to enable students to get a degree from RANEPA and the MIAS Business School of the Czech Technical University, and to start its implementation in 2020. 

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