The most important competencies for students to learn are practical skills

Education and its transformations were among the key issues discussed at the 11th Gaidar Forum held at RANEPA. The participants explored this topic on January 16, during the expert discussion on International Cooperation: Emerging New Jobs and New Skills for the Future Market.

The moderator, Vice Dean of France’s NEOMA Business School Celine Davesne, outlined three main issues for discussion: digitalization and its impact on processes, new jobs for the future, and joint educational projects between Russia and France.

Rudolf Razek, HR Director at Danone, cited the positive aspects of digitalization: “We used to spend a lot of time collecting information; now it's one click away.” This is the aspect that helps us act faster and better. This way, not only the general manager, but also every worker in a company can quickly analyze situations and make informed decisions, he said.

CMS partner Chirstophe Huet identified several important competencies for young lawyers – communication, interdisciplinary and interpersonal skills, soft skills, internationalization, modern business skills and others. Speaking about the training of future lawyers, he said they would require broader knowledge than their area of ​​law, including finance, marketing, and PR. All speakers unanimously agreed that the development of digitalization also brings changes to the professional landscape, requiring a professional to do a lot of multitasking. One such additional area everyone needs to be familiar with is IT. Artyom Simonov, a leading data scientist at BCG Europe, said it’s important for students and future generations to build bridges between technology and communication skills.

“The Russian market combines a shortage of staff with an excess of candidates for a particular job,” said Irina Aksyonova, Deputy General Director at Coleman Services UK. Discussing internships, Christophe Huet said students doing internships at companies do not usually expect much, but many come with great zeal and desire to work. According to Tatyana Shilova, Head of Talent Business Partners Group at Deloitte, university students need more workshops and meetings with experts during training.

Summing up the discussion, Celine Davesne said she hoped for a systematic development of further communications between experts to promote broader cooperation between companies and educational institutions.

Anastasia Shishonina


The Gaidar Forum is held at the Presidential Academy under the auspices of the Government of the Russian Federation. Over 11 years, it has become one of the most respected expert platforms that traditionally determine the vector for public and academic discussion.

11th 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).

Forum partners:

General partners: Gazprom, Gazprombank. Strategic partners: Coca-Cola, Mastercard, Russian Railways, Pharmstandard group, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Novartis Group, MSD, ACIG Group, EF Education First. Partners: Prosveshcheniye Group, EY, Huawei, RVC, Russian Agricultural Bank.

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