Participants

Video Interview with Kirill Shpara, participant of GM18 group

 

Video Interview with Ilya Uvarov, participant of GM18 group

 

Video Interview with Anna Devitskaya, participant of GM18 group

 

Natalia Nikandrava, participant of GM18 group

Natalia Nikandrava
director, National Agency of investments and privatization in Minsk

Understanding an acute need for obtaining of high-quality business education, for a fairly long period of time I was eyeing various business schools and comparing capabilities including the financial ones with the result.
 

Along with this, a possibility of learning exactly in the English language, language of international business was one of the important criteria for me. I have always looked at those who had a possibility to study in Stockholm School of Economics with envy and when such chance appeared I could not believe that the fate would be gracious and I would be among the students of Executive MBA program still.

First of all, the format of education when every student was actively used in the process surprised me pleasantly. Theoretical explanations are accompanied by active discussions in small groups, which allows accumulation of a broad range of opinions about the matter set and, what is extremely important, exchange of experience with the colleagues who represent absolutely different areas of activity. Students are also given difficult practical tasks that provide a possibility of submersion into real problems and focusing on their fulfillment and team approach to doing of practical exercises tests the leadership qualities of each of us and teaches us to listen to each other, to persuade and to find a joint solution.

Such approach creates an atmosphere of involvement and enthusiasm and allows not only easy remembering and structuring of the information but also provides conviction of yourself and wish to use the obtained knowledge in practice. The days allocated for studying of the module pass unnoticeably and despite a huge volume of information that it is necessary to study for preparation for the next full-time session you always wait for a meeting with colleagues and lecturers with impatience.

It is also very pleasant to feel as a part of a numerous community of students and alumni of the school, interesting and extraordinary people. I am sure that new opportunities will appear and new prospects will open in my life due to Stockholm School of Economics.

Ilya Uvarov, participant of GM18 group

Ilya Uvarov
ceo, SCHROEDER RETEIL

The problem of filling of gaps in business education was crucial because of growth of business. Numerous business training sessions did not provide the required result.
 

Due to this reason, I decided to get education of MBA level. After a visit to the school and one of the lessons I also contacted several alumni from which I received positive recommendations. Thus, I chose SSE.

During obtaining of education I pursue three main goals. This is filling of gaps in business education, improvement of the level of English language and, of course, new acquaintances. Two modules are over and I see that I have made a correct choice. There is a skillful composition of the learning process, a good selection of lecturers, a big volume of teamwork and, of course, diverse and interesting colleagues in the group.

Anna Devitskaya, participant of GM18 group

Anna Devitskaya
HR-director, Gerofarm

There is the third module ahead and time during the program runs rapidly, especially when you combine it with dynamic favorite work.
 

For me students of SSE are a community of, on the one hand, very different and definitely strong personalities and professionals and, on the other hand, people very similar in many aspects who do not stop at what the have achieved, flexible and open for new knowledge and skills, development of themselves and others. I think it is difficult to find such environment somewhere else and it motivates people very much to set new ambitious goals for themselves and to achieve results.

The program seriously brings up self-discipline and time management skills, it is difficult not to observe the regime when between full-time modules it is necessary to manage not only to read but also to analyze literature dedicated to the topic, to draw conclusions and a practical case relying on the obtained knowledge.

In the process of work I often encounter challenges where a standard solving of the task is impossible by the method "like others" and benchmarking is impossible because, for example, we do this for the first time in the industry. Flexibility, ability to have a "fresh look" at the situation and not to be afraid to go outside of the framework of your experience and to become innovator are important in such situation. For me the program is not only systematization of knowledge and obtaining of new skills but, first of all, broadening of the boundaries of my vision of business and my picture of the world as a whole.

Alexey Geletskiy, participant of GMR8 group

Alexey Geletskiy
commercial director of the JSC Saint-Petersburg Telecom branch in Pskov

The choice of an educational institution for studying all aspects of management must be serious.
 

You can choose whatever you want among so many existing schools that offer MBA courses: you can study at home or you can do practically nothing and only take tests, and many other things. But still there are not so many schools on the territory of Russia, which can provide the highest level of quality of full-time education recognized in the world. The choice was made quickly and it was the Stockholm School of Economics.

From the first module it became clear that it will require intense studying, there will be a lot of information, but the result will be appropriate. It is significant that the knowledge is not limited to the Russian reality, but it comprises all major international practices, which is extremely important in this era of globalization.

The main advantage of the modular program is an opportunity not only to obtain the required knowledge, but also to meet new interesting people, make friends and, of course, join the community of students and alumni who are always ready to help with practically all issues. A part of the program is over, but the excitement of moving forward has not been lost, because we are looking forward to many interesting modules and events!

Oleg Kovalev, participant of GM17 group

Oleg Kovalev
chief marketing officer, RusHOLTS

My choice of the Stockholm School of Economics was based on numerous recommendations of my friends and business partners. And I have never regretted my choice.
 

The form and content of the modules encourage you to be immersed in the process so comprehensively that you master a great amount of information in a very short time. This is a great advantage of the School for busy people who value their time.

The School faculty – they are not just theoreticians, they are also successful people from business who actively involve students in an interesting and useful interaction.

The knowledge and skills obtained in the Stockholm School of Economics are the essence of the world's best practices. Thanks to this characteristic feature, I already began to apply the gained knowledge successfully after the first module. This knowledge, to a certain extent, opened my eyes and allowed looking at the company, business processes and staff from a new point of view, out of the box. It will help to adjust the business model quickly and efficiently and achieve positive results in a short time.

Nikolay Naumov, participant of GMR8

Nikolay Naumov
managing director CJSC «Energoprom»

Not first, but always similar impressions! The fourth module of studying EMBA program of the Stockholm School of Economics has been finished, and it’s time to go home and I do not want!
 

It was interesting again and fun to study, to remember, try to learn on examples. There was something familiar from everyday work, there was something completely new, even for those who are professionally engaged in separate issues. But all , what I have learned, add a systematization, and begin to create the necessary structural and meaningful view on business processes of the surrounding business environment, there are new opportunities for development.

Yes, and a little bit about the development! SSE helps, but somewhere, it makes not only to pay attention to the development and evaluation of the business, but pays much attention to the development of your own! The mere preparation of a personal development contract forced to think seriously about serious issues of his own life planning.

A separate, and perhaps most importantly - thanks to all the staff of the school for the formation of an incredible group of participants. Only to discover, and then continually meet with all these people, it was necessary to go to the program! As much as my fellow mates (and now also my friends) give me, you can hardly get anywhere else!

Valentin Bogdanov, participant of GMR8

Nikolay Naumov
deputy general director of production JSC «UTSSB»

SSE captivates both its history - it is the oldest and the most experienced business school, teaching EMBA programs, and its new look to the future - it inculcates innovative and modern business tools.