Saint Petersburg University Graduate School of Managementis located in the city founded in 1703 as the Russia’s “windowto Europe” by the outstanding Russian reformer – Peter theGreat. In March 1697 he became the first Russian Tsar toundertake a historic trip to several Western European coun-tries 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’spart as “going global”.This historical excursus may be a good metaphor to introduceyou to St. Petersburg University GSOM. It was started fromscratch in 1993 as the first business school inside a majornational university in order to support Russia’s transition toa market economy, and in partnerships with Haas Schoolof Business, UC Berkeley and several international andlocal companies, led by Procter & Gamble. After 18 years ofdynamic growth GSOM today is the leading and most inter-nationally recognized Russian business school, and is press-ing forward with strong support from the Russian governmentand national and global business communities to becomea world-class school of management.While in the time of Peter the Great the main subjects for Rus-sians to study abroad were shipbuilding and military science,in the 21st century advances in management and humancapital factor are key to the country’s economic growth andcompetitiveness. We at Saint Petersburg University GSOMpresent learning opportunities in a large spectrum of degreeprograms in management – from Bachelor to EMBA. Allthese programs are designed and delivered (many of themin English) in collaboration with leading international busi-ness schools, especially those belonging to the CEMS, PIM,GBSN, EABiS, and GRLI global networks where our school isthe only Russian member.Faculty development and research capabilities are top priori-ties for the implementation of GSOM’s ambitious competitivestrategy. Our faculty is well known for its teaching excel-lence, and research productivity (measured by publicationsin top international journals) is growing at an impressive rate.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 areits traditionally strong and diversified corporate connections.About 150 companies provide internships for our students.Many Russian and international business leaders are guestspeakers at GSOM, provide other valuable resources for itsdevelopment, and recruit its graduates.This brochure will provide you with more information onSt.Petersburg University GSOM. I would like to invite youto become part of this innovative international institution –as a student, an academic colleague or a corporate partner.
Russian School of Managementwith a Global Focus
Professor Valery S. Katkalo
Vice-Rector, St.Petersburg University and Dean, Graduate School of Management