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MEB: Moscow to Become a Full Partner and a Campus

The Master in European Business (MEB) Programme offered by HSE's International Institute of Administration and Business (IIAB) in cooperation with ESCP Europe moves to a new level. For the first time, both semesters will be available in Moscow, during the 2013/2014 academic year. IIAB Director Irina Maltseva gives an overview of the programme.

— What is new for the Master in European Business Programme in the 2013/2014 academic year?

—Firstly, HSE IIAB is now a full partner and listed as a campus for ESCP Europe's. All students we enroll now have a choice. They may take their first autumn semester in Moscow, and then go to one of ESCP Europe's campuses in London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid or Torino for the second semester. Alternatively, they may go to Europe for the first semester, and then come back to Moscow for the second semester. Having this option is very important. The autumn semester between September and January is slightly longer than the spring semester between mid-February and June. To remind you, there is also a third semester: a required three to six months' internship with an international company. Students may acquire their in-company experience in any country, including Russia.

The fact that both MEB semesters will be offered in Moscow means a lot to the Higher School of Economics. We expect ESCP's international students to come to Russia, so we will have cross-cultural study groups during both semesters in Moscow. Many international students coming over will be adults with years of professional experience seeking a Professional Master's Degree from ESCP (called a professional retraining diploma in HSE).

We have prepared our curriculum and courses - all in English - and recruited the teachers, and yet teaching this kind of international students and working with cross-cultural groups will be a fairly new experience and therefore a challenge for us.

— Who is the programme designed for?

—On the one hand, MEB can be compared to a one-year Professional Master's programme with a very pragmatic approach, in contrast to the two-year academic Master programmes in Russia or in Europe. By looking at the curriculum, one can see a mix of courses in economics and management which are key for today's executive, ranging from accounting and finance (IFRS), to European business law and international business strategies, to human resources and cross-cultural management. However, it is not an MBA programme intended mostly for mature people with managerial experience. Our programme is designed for younger people of up to 35 years of age, seeking a career with a major international company or as a business owner; they are open to the world and fluent in English as a minimum. They are the new generation of dynamic and highly educated people.

Oleg Seregin, HSE News Service

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