Skolkovo Moscow School of Management

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Moscow School of Management
Московская школа управления Сколково
SKOLKOVO Logo en.jpg
Motto in English
To empower and support leaders on their path to success.
To inspire for transformation of the region and the world.
Type Business school
Established 2006
Endowment $3 million (USD)
President Andrei Sharonov
Location Moscow, Moscow, Russia

The Skolkovo School of Management is a graduate business school located near Skolkovo, Moscow Oblast, in the close vicinity of the capital city of Moscow, Russia. The school, which was founded in 2006, is a joint project by major Russian and international business leaders.

SKOLKOVO Business School is funded solely by its commercial activities and private investment. However, the idea of the school was supported by the Russian Government from the start. Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation became the Chairman of the International Advisory Board for the School in 2006.

One of the first SKOLKOVO International Advisory Board members was Lee Kuan Yew, the Minister Mentor of the Republic of Singapore.

Key Figures:

  • 1500 alumni;
  • 150 world-class professors including core, adjunct, and visiting faculty from more than 10 countries;
  • 6 research centres and 2 chairs;
  • more than 1,300 guest speakers and lecturers;
  • more than 100 published research papers;
  • more than 12,000 attendees of corporate programmes;
  • 100 corporate clients; and
  • more than 150 mentor/mentee pairs in the SKOLKOVO Mentors’ Association.


2001 – Representatives of major Russian and foreign companies propose setting up a leading business school in Russia. Discussions start with Herman Gref, then-Russian Minister for Economic Development and Trade, and Presidential Administration officials.

2005 – Ruben Vardanian, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Troika Dialog Group, invites a group of like-minded entrepreneurs to participate in the project.[1]

The President of Skolkovo School Ruben Vardanian presents the symbol of Skolkovo, the "Apple of Knowledge", to the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

2006 – A meeting is held between the Russian businessmen and then-President Vladimir Putin. At the meeting, the President welcomes participation of major businesses in the educational reform and the initiative wins the Administration's support. Moscow School of Management Skolkovo project is set up as a public-private partnership within the framework of the National Priority Projects Programme of the Government of the Russian Federation.

September 2006 – Foundation stone ceremony is held on site. President Vladimir Putin attended the ceremony and confirmed that the Federal Government would provide support for the project, noting that the school would be funded with private money.Dmitry Medvedev, then Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, becomes the Chairman of the Skolkovo International Advisory Board.

December 2006 – Executive Education Company-Specific Programmes are launched.

October–December 2007 – Skolkovo presents its first research projects: the report on Russian Capital Market with NAUFOR and the ranking of Russian multinational enterprises.

June 2008 – Three individuals join the project as Founding Partners. The first-ever Skolkovo Forum "Doing Business in Russia: Fine Art of Success" is held. Skolkovo establishes the Skolkovo Institute for Emerging Market Studies (SIEMS) – a leading think-tank on fast-moving economies headed by Professor Seung Ho "Sam" Park and based in Beijing (China).

July 2008 – First books from the Skolkovo business literature series are published.

September 2008 – Enrollment for Skolkovo EMBA, the school's first degree programme, opens. Skolkovo EMBA is due to start in January 2009.

September 2009 - the full-time MBA (FT MBA) programme commenced. The first class consisted of 40 people (selected out of 107 applicants) from Russia and 12 foreign countries.

A night view rendering of the Skolkovo campus

October 2008 – Russia's largest bank, Sberbank of Russia, supports Skolkovo development by granting the school a construction and development credit worth $245 million for the term of 10 years.

November 2008 – Skolkovo-2008 Ranking of Russian multinationals is released. Enrollment for Skolkovo MBA due to start in September 2009 opens. Skolkovo develops concept of Urals Federal University.

January 2009 – EMBA programme is launch. Studies of the first class start. Skolkovo MBA announces Skolkovo Challenge contest.

April 2009 – Skolkovo EMBA opens a new enrollment round. To-The-Point Roundtable series are open. Igor Shuvalov, First Vice-Prime Minister of Russia was a special guest of the first meeting.

In June 2012, the first class of Startup Academy started training, and in June 2013, Practicum for Directors, a programme for top-managers coming from medium-sized and small businesses, was launched.

In October 2014, the business school started an updated MBA programme in a modular format. The first intake of the renovated programme amounted to 40 people.

March 2016 - Launch of the SKOLKOVO MBA grant programme, the largest among the private business schools in Russia

September 2016 - SKOLKOVO signs a three-year cooperation agreement with the Business School of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in the field of joint educational programmes, development of academic potential, and faculty exchange.

To date (August 2017), 1500 students of degree programmes and 12,000 corporate programme participants have completed their training at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.


All Skolkovo educational activities take place at a new campus located in Skolkovo, Moscow Oblast, few kilometers west of Moscow. The concept and the project of the campus were conceived by well-known British architect David Adjaye and reflect, as he puts it, ideas of the great artist Kazimir Malevich.[2][3]

Architectural project of Skolkovo campus was presented within the Russian pavilion exposition at the 11th Venice biennale[4][5]

  • Construction work on the Skolkovo Campus officially started on September 21, 2006.
  • September 2009—the entire complex of buildings was completed and the first classes were taught at the new Campus.

Skolkovo campus represents a disk with four different-sized buildings located on its roof. The main building, also known as the disk, features seven clusters named after the continents and BRIC countries. The Campus has 16 classrooms and 49 rooms for project and group work. Buildings on the roof are a dormitory, a hotel, an administrative building and a sports centre. \[6]

  • Total area of the buildings—80,000 sq. metres.
  • 550 parking spaces in the parking lots;

The SKOLKOVO Campus was shortlisted as one of the best Russian buildings of the last decade according to the daily British briefing The Calvert Journal. The journalists mentioned that the SKOLKOVO Campus building “is reflective of both the rebellious nature of Russian art and the innovation agenda of SKOLKOVO”.


Business school rankings
Worldwide MBA
Financial Times[7] NR

The Academic Council was created by the joint decision of SKOLKOVO and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Being an advisory body to the Dean of SKOLKOVO, the Academic Council oversees the endorsement of programme strategies, new products, and the appointment of academic staff at SKOLKOVO, ensures the provision of feedback on the academic activities at SKOLKOVO, and advises SKOLKOVO on all academic issues, as well as providing comments, recommendations, and proposals regarding the academic development of SKOLKOVO.

Membership in Associations:

·      European Foundation of Management Development (full member);

·      American Chamber of Commerce;

·      US-Russia Business Council;

·      Association of European Business;

·      UniCon;

·      Russian Business Education Association;

·      MediaX (Stanford University);

·      EMBAC; and

·      CEEMAN (International Association of Management Development in Dynamic Societies).


Skolkovo opens admission to first MBA class

Skolkovo's first class in 2009 was made up of 45 students. Duration of the MBA program is 16 months.[8]

Students from SKOLKOVO MBA[9] are mainly educated through taking part in real projects to be developed by teams of 5-7 people. Project results are assessed by the SKOLKOVO founders and third-party experts, government officials, businessmen, faculty and consultants). The School uses active methods of training, so the educational process includes a variety of training courses, role-playing games, training under the guidance of experts in specific areas, consulting projects, practical training and lectures.

The final module of SKOLKOVO MBA is conducted under extreme conditions of the Kamchatka peninsula. The main objective is to give the participants an opportunity to examine their leadership qualities and develop skills in teamwork under uncertainty, which is necessary for any modern leader.

Executive MBA[edit]

Slogan of the Skolkovo Executive MBA Programm

Launched in 2009, the EMBA program's first class was made up of 25 students. The format of the 18-month programme will allow the participants to stay in a full-time working process.

The large part of the programme is devoted to Leadership Development. Leadership practice course begins with assessment 360, which results in producing an individual Leadership Development plan jointly by a programme participant and his or her coach. Leadership practice also includes team coaching, stress management and skills upgrade in such aspects as communication, presentation, negotiation, conflict management, motivation and others.

Executive education[edit]

Thus far, the School has delivered more than 350 programmes for more than 95 corporate clients, including Russia’s largest corporations and industrial “blue-chips”, such as Lukoil, Rosatom, TNK BP, EVRAZ, and Gazprom.

In 2016 the SKOLKOVO-Rosatom educational programme won the EFMD Excellence in Practice Silver Award. See a brief description of the SKOLKOVO and Rosatom business case on EFMD website.


Skolkovo research agenda is focused on global best practices resulting in applied knowledge which has relevance and impact in the field. Scholars interact with business constantly through Skolkovo coordination council members, executive education programs, Professors of Practice and case discussions with degree students. The result of these interactions informs the research programs and helps the faculty identify issues to address.

  • Skolkovo Institute for Emerging Market Studies (SIEMS)

Leading Think Tank on Fast-Moving Economies

SIEMS aims to be a leading think tank on fast-moving economies, with a special emphasis on Russia, China, and India. The Institute focuses on providing guidance to the society, corporate managers, and policy makers through knowledge creation across a broad range of areas including macro economy and public policy, industry and technology, and corporate strategies.

Publishing programme[edit]

Books by Skolkovo and Alpina Business Books

In 2008 Moscow School of Management Skolkovo launched its publishing programme.

Works published by Skolkovo include writings by recognized business gurus translated into Russian, special editions of Russian authors in English, as well as reviews of the economic situation and market players' performance.

Alexander Prokhorov: The Russian Management Model – Hidden Reflections

In July 2008 together with Alpina Business Books publishing house, Skolkovo launched its first series of business literature[10][11] in Russian that included books of world-renowned authors.

Skolkovo's first publishing product in the English language appeared in March 2008.


Founders and administrators[edit]

Skolkovo Founders are 17 Russian and international individuals and businesses.[12][13] The business include companies like Credit Suisse, GUM Trade Center, Severstal, TNK-BP, and Troika Dialog. The founding invdividuals include Alexander Abramov, Roman Abramovich, and Ruben Vardanian.The partnership is not limited to their financial contribution as investors: the cumulative management experience of the founders, who are actively involved in the educational process, exceeds 200 years.

The school chose a specific form of administrative management. SKOLKOVO is jointly managed by President Andrei Sharonov (2006-2011 Ruben Vardanian, 2011-2016 Andrei Rappoport) and Dean Marat Atnashev (2006-2013 Andrei Volkov, 2013-2016 Andrei Sharonov).



See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Moscow's New School Looks West, Financial Times, September 17, 2006
  2. ^ [1]; Kommersant ("Коммерсантъ") № 176(3993), September 30, 2008 (in russian)
  3. ^ [2]; The Times. Russia’s lessons in capitalism, November 16, 2008
  4. ^ La Biennale di Venezia: Architecture: Russian Pavilion
  5. ^ Skolkovo Campus Project Presented at 11th Venice Biennale,
  6. ^ [3] Adjaye Associations
  7. ^ "Global MBA Ranking". Financial Times. 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  8. ^ Skolkovo FTMBA FAQs,
  10. ^ Skolkovo and Alpina Business Books Launch a Joint Publishing Project,
  11. ^ [4]; (in russian)
  12. ^ Moscow's Soon-to-Be Global B-School, Business Week, March 31, 2008
  13. ^ Russia Launches New Elite Business Schools, RussiaBlog

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