Gaidar Forum experts will discuss business education problems at RANEPA

Business education will be among the highlights of the 10th Gaidar Forum, to be held from January 15 to 17, 2019. Several expert discussions will be devoted to various aspects of this sphere.

The Agile Strategy expert discussion will be held on the first day of the forum, January 15, moderated by RANEPA Vice-Rector Sergei Myasoyedov. The participants plan to discuss building business school strategies in the new digital world with increased requirements of business community to the practical application of knowledge. They will also consider ways to turn the increasing competition of various business schools into synergy aimed at solving the business community’s problems and the vision of an ideal business school in 2038.

Heads of the world's leading educational organizations will speak at the session, including AACSB President Tom Robinson, AMBA CEO Andrew Main Wilson, and CEEMAN President Danica Purg who previously participated in the Gaidar Forum. Other participants will include entrepreneur Ruben Vardanyan and deans of two US business schools: Charles L. Iacovou (Wake Forest University) and Natalya Delcoure (Kingsville).

On the same day, the Presidium of the National Accreditation Council of Business and Management Education (NASDOBR) will meet to discuss Year 2018 in Review, New Tasks on Quality Improvement of Business and Managerial Education. The meeting will be attended by Vice-Rector, Director of RANEPA Institute of Business Studies Sergei Myasoyedov, Director General of the Russian Association for Business Education (RABE) Natalya Evtikhieva and First Deputy State Duma Speaker, Chairman of the NASDOBR Presidium Alexander Zhukov.

NASDOBR’s main activities are aimed at development of the Russian Education Quality System. The tasks faced by the Council include creating a professional environment and providing an independent public assessment of the quality of various levels of management education (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, MBA, advanced training, etc.). The meeting will also be attended by representatives of the founding associations of NASDOBR: The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the Association of Russian Banks, the Association of Managers, OPORA Russia, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia), members of the NASDOBR working group on the evaluation of faculty members of universities, and representatives of foreign accrediting associations.

On the second day, Forum experts will discuss the concept of Life Long Learning at a session of the same name held in cooperation with AAСSB, the leading global association for business education. In the new industrial revolution era, the usual professions will quickly fade and will be replaced by new ones. Technology will release an enormous number of working-age people who will need to be engaged in some different activities. On the other hand, the increase in the retirement age will require a lot of adult and experienced people to acquire new knowledge. Training of these people implies a major change of programs or creation of new ones. The concept of continuous education will be discussed by Steve Harvey, Dean of the School of Business at American University of Beirut, Lebanon; Yekaterina Shulman, Associate Professor at RANEPA ISS; and Andrei Sharonov, President of School of Management Skolkovo. Timothy Mescon, Senior Vice President of AACSB International for Europe, Middle East and Africa, will moderate the discussion. He has participated in the Gaidar Forum before.

The participants of the Transformation of MBA Programs: Overcoming the Virginity of Traditions session will focus on changes in the educational process. All existing MBA programs are largely based on the old principles established many decades ago; they fail to take into account the modern requirements of the digital economy, and therefore cannot serve as any gurantee of the quality of education.

Leaders of business education organizations from Russia and other countries will discuss what changes in of MBA programs are needed and in which way the management education will go. The discussion will be moderated by AMBA Chief Executive Andrew Main Wilson and Director of the Executive MBA Program at RANEPA IBS Ashot Seferyan.

The session Ratings War: How To Create Criteria That Meet Business Demands? on the last day of the forum will focus on the rankings of educational institutions. Experts will discuss the declining trust in rankings and difficulties in modernizing curricula to get accreditation and appear on major educational rankings.

The session will be moderated by Danica Purg, head of the CEEMAN international association. Global education editor for the Financial Times Andrew Jack, МВА.SU director Yury Tazov, Deputy Director of Expert RA Sergei Yermak, RANEPA Professor Veronika Kotsoyeva, AMBA Director of Development Markets George Iliev, and BusinessBecause editor Marco de Novellis will share their opinions.

On the same day, an expert discussion on How to Unleash the Brain to Achieve Effective Leadership will be held. The participants will focus on the generation of innovative solutions and the selection of effective and environmentally friendly information management tools in the 21st century.

Experts will discuss how modern humans develop. Development of the human being as homo sapiens autocreator – a self-creating, self-made man – what does it mean? How can it be consciously used today? These and other questions will be discussed by prominent St. Petersburg neuropsychologist and neurolinguist, Professor Tatyana Chernigovskaya, and Steven Poelmans, Professor of Neuroscience and Strategic Leadership at Antwerp Management School (Belgium). Dzhangir Dzhangirov, Senior Vice President and Head of Risks Block at Sberbank, will moderate the discussion.

10th Gaidar Forum Organizers:

The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA);
The Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute);
The Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

The general information partners of the Gaidar Forum include the Rossiya 24 TV channel, Forbes global media company, RBC and TASS news agencies. The official information agency is Rossiya Segodnya. The general radio partner is Business FM. The strategic information partners are Kommersant Publishers, the RT TV channel, Interfax and Gazeta.RU. The main information partners are Profil weekly, FederalPress news agency, and Invest Foresight online magazine. The international information partners are Sputnik and Cision. Other media partners include PRIME news agency, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, RNS news agency, Radio Ekho Moskvy, News.Ru, Polit.ru, Parlamentskaya Gazeta, the PRO BUSINESS TV channel, Strategia magazine, AK&M, BRICS, Ekonomika i Zhizn weekly, National Banking Journal, Expert Tatarstan magazine, the Smart Country information platform, Financial One, Naans Media, and the Public Administration scientific political journal.

Registration and media accreditation open until December 29, 2018. Participation is free.

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