Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University
Saint Petersburg University Graduate School of Management is located in the city founded in 1703 as the Russia’s “window to Europe” by the outstanding Russian reformer — Peter the Great. In March 1697 he became the first Russian Tsar to undertake a historic trip to several Western European countries which resulted in systemic reforms of the Russian state. Those reforms gave rise to Russia’s global competitiveness — and today one might call this strategy on Peter the Great’s part as “going global”.
This historical excursus may be a good metaphor to introduce you to St. Petersburg University GSOM. It was started from scratch in 1993 as the first business school inside a major national university in order to support Russia’s transition to a market economy, and in partnerships with Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and several international and local companies, led by Procter & Gamble. After 19 years of dynamic growth GSOM today is the leading and most internationally recognized Russian business school, and is pressing forward with strong support from the Russian government and national and global business communities to become a world-class school of management.
While in the time of Peter the Great the main subjects for Russians to study abroad were shipbuilding and military science, in the 21st century advances in management and human capital factor are key to the country’s economic growth and competitiveness. We at Saint Petersburg University GSOM present learning opportunities in a large spectrum of degree programs in management — from Bachelor to EMBA. Two degree programs are internationally accredited by AMBA (Executive МВА) and EPAS (Bachelor) — for the first time in Russia. All these programs are designed and delivered (many of them in English) in collaboration with leading international business schools, especially those belonging to the CEMS, PIM, GBSN, EABiS global networks where our school is the only Russian member.
Today St. Petersburg University GSOM is ranked №1 business school in Eastern Europe in the official selection of EDUNIVERSAL (2012).
Faculty development and research capabilities are top priorities for the implementation of GSOM’s ambitious competitive strategy. Our faculty is well known for its teaching excellence, and research productivity (measured by publications in top international journals) is growing at an impressive rate.
GSOM is recognized as the leader in Russian scientific research in the field of management and maintains dynamic, internationally focused academic research centers in the field of entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, marketing, international logistic. The school regularly hosts prestigious conferences (most notably with the participation of Nobel Laureates in economics J. Nash, R. Aumann, R. Selten) and publishes leading academic journals such as the Russian Management Journal and the Vestnik of SPbU Series Management. Our school is also unique in having its own (and the largest) collection of Russian cases registered at ECCH.
Among the main foundations for GSOM’s further growth are its traditionally strong and diversified corporate connections. About 160 companies provide internships for our students. Many Russian and international business leaders are guest speakers at GSOM, provide other valuable resources for its development, and recruit its graduates.