Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University and ISC Paris Business School signed a cooperation agreement

On 3rd March, Magnitogorsk witnessed an event of great importance for the region. On that day Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University and ISC Paris Business School signed a cooperation agreement, which is expected to pave the way for a positive change on local and regional business arenas.

The French delegation, which included counsellor to the French Prime Minister responsible for international affairs and President of MEDEF Philippe Verbert, MBA programme director at ISC Paris Charles Berger, deputy general director of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nicolas Ducret and project manager at Business Bridge Natalia Lanceraux, paid a visit to NMSTU to establish a long-term, effective and mutually beneficial cooperation.

"It is a great honour for me and the University in general to step in a joint MBA project together with our colleagues from ISC Paris Business School. This is a very important moment not only for the University but also for the city and the region. I am extremely proud for the fact that they chose our University as a partner. I suppose there were good reasons for it: above all, excellent competencies of the faculty; secondly, the infrastructure; and, thirdly, - but not least important – the strive of the local business community to participate in a project like this. All this makes me think positively about the future of this initiative in Magnitogorsk. I have no doubt that this project will only be growing and expanding for the good of our University, our region and the Franco-Russian relations,” said NMSTU rector Mikhail Chukin.

The two universities intend to exchange information and share teaching practices. They will also work together to organize joint conferences, debates, meetings, seminars and other activities, which will involve both teaching staff and students.

Businesses need competencies and want to see their employees grow. I am convinced that competences are a perishable product: if we fail to see to the growth of our employees’, their competences tend to expire very quickly. And the product we offer today is a new educational programme which, in the first place, is aimed at providing further training and improving the competences of the professionals of Magnitogorsk, and, secondly, it will help keep highly qualified people in Magnitogorsk. In France we have a tremendous amount of experience in the area of professional training. In more than 50 years our country managed to set up a clearly organized system of professional education and further training. If we are successful in fostering our collaboration with NMSTU in this area, I have no doubt that both parties will benefit from it,” said Philippe Verbert addressing the audience.

In the nearest future the two parties are planning to launch an EMBA General Management programme – a post-degree specialist training project, the students of which will be enrolled by both NMSTU and ISC Paris Business School.

The EMBA training delivers a number of advantages compared with similar programmes. Modules are delivered by teaching staff from France and Russia who are selected through competition by the ISC Paris Teacher Commission. The language of instruction is Russian, which significantly broadens the scope of the programme. Moreover, the training is designed as a project implementation and management exercise: the seminars will focus on projects based on the learners’ materials, and customers, i.e. business leaders, will be a part of the examination board.  

The programme is open to experts and business leaders. It is to be launched at NMSTU in September. The first enrolment includes ten members of Faeton Managing Company in Magnitogorsk.

The announced programme will help encourage young entrepreneurs, boost small and medium-sized enterprises, stimulate investment on the local and regional scale and establish an entrepreneurial community for tackling the tasks set out in the Regional Development Strategy till 2035.

The participants of the meeting included the city authorities, business leaders from Magnitogorsk and the neighbouring municipalities in the Chelyabinsk Region and the Republic of Bashkortostan, as well as NMSTU partners and customers.

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