A few weeks after the start of MBA program at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Alexander Vakhtin, CEO of Telecom Exchange, shared his first impressions and told how to apply the experience gained in practice — in his own business.
Why MBA at SKOLKOVO?
There are several important reasons for choosing the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. Firstly, I was interested in a high-quality academic component and in gaining western experience in entrepreneurship. At SKOLKOVO, you study in English, and learn from professors from the Top 25 business schools in the world. Secondly, I chose a school with convenient logistics in the presence of an existing business. Similar education abroad requires relocation for a long time or frequent trips with a dense daily load. And training in this school gives a similar result without such a need. Thirdly, SKOLKOVO tops the rating of Russian business schools according to RBC, and also recently entered the top three youngest business schools that have received the prestigious international accreditation of the EQIUS European Foundation for Management Development.
How was the program chosen and how to apply this knowledge in business?
The choice for me was between two programs — an MBA and an Executive MBA. I chose the first one. Why? In short, I saw a greater entrepreneurial bias in it. Having spent more than seven years in large corporate structures, now I understand that the topic of entrepreneurship is more relevant for me. Telecom Exchange develops and grows quite successfully, and we must not lose either in pace or in competition. This is especially true for a business that has gone through a five-year life cycle. Therefore, we are especially interested in new approaches and trends in business, and in international business practices from top professors from leading universities in the world. For me, studying at SKOLKOVO is also an access to the community of people with an entrepreneurial spirit, talented and ambitious people who have a different view of their problems and experience. And, of course, those who can be attracted to new projects to which the Exchange is investing.
How was the selection process for the program?
It consisted of an introductory essay, an English proficiency test, a Talent Q Elements Ability test, an interview with the commission and other tests. The competition for the place was high.
What are the impressions of learning?
After just two modules, I can say: this is a top education that met my expectations. And most importantly, new knowledge is very practical: it is a high-quality toolkit, which we are already beginning to implement in the Telecom Exchange business processes.