Skolkovo Business Festival marks Management School Anniversary

Dmitry Medvedev / SKOLKOVO

Deputy Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev attended the annual business festival in the last week of September, coinciding with the 8th anniversary of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo (MSMS)

The festival at Russia's largest private business school included an exhibition devoted to the jobs and skills of the future. Experts conducted workshops and graduates exhibited their projects. Those associated with the business school had a chance to relfect as well as to look to the future.

AndreiSharonov, Dean of Moscow School of ManagementSkolkovo

"There have so far been 622 graduates of MBA and Executive MBA programs and more than 1,000 people in total. I hope the school is a good platform for dialogue and the learning new business skills.

"We have 150 members of faculty from the leading world universities, and I am sure they get as much from their Skolkovo experience as the students."

Andrey Rappoport, MSMS President

"We have been planting trees, sending off balloons and so on, but the purpose of our talk today is actually the launch of the occupations atlas, and we would like to discuss professions of the future. The title of the talk show is pretty provocative: "Your profession does not exist anymore. Who will create the new ones?" It may refer to some of us, so it is important to be attentive."

Ruben Vardanyan, Member, Coordination Council, and Founding Partner, MSMS

"I think bankers will always exist! But this profession will also see a lot of change, requiring new skills and competencies. That transformation has already begun."

DenisKonanchuk, Head of MSM Education Development Centre

"Two years ago we approached 2500 experts from different areas and asked them to forecast the future of their companies and comment on the new skills and competencies. As a result, we outlined 219 areas and 140 new professions.

Four technologies will drive this change: robots that will make human physical labor obsolete, artificial intelligence, bacteria that will work to produce energy or clean water, and 3D printers."

Mikhail Pogosyan, President, United Aircraft Corporation

"We value very much the cross-disciplinary competences: not just engineering, but engineers who know how to design a plane or a machine that will fit a particular budget. This is the kind of thinking that we need to promote."