The Faculty of International Relations of Voronezh State University and FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (Graz, Austria) received a student mobility grant for the programme "Business in the Emerging Markets" as a part of the international Erasmus+ programme. Now, the students of the faculty have a chance to spend a semester in an international partner university where they will get a scholarship and will not have to pay any fees.
The history of the programme "Business in the Emerging Markets" goes back to 2007 when the universities signed a cooperation agreement. Then they worked out a joint curriculum that suited both parties and included disciplines required by the Federal Standard of the Russian Federation.
The two-year Russian-Austrian programme "Business in the Emerging Markets" consists of modules. It has a unified curriculum and provides for a semester for student academic exchange. At VSU students study such disciplines as "International Finance", "Leadership", "Mergers and Acquisitions in Emerging Markets", "Political and Economic Institutions", "International Economics", "International Management", "Intercultural Management", "Business Ethics", "Sales Management", etc. Special attention is paid to foreign languages: the courses are in English and students can also choose one more language to study: German, Spanish, or Chinese. Practical skills are also in the focus of the education at FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences. Students have two supervisors when they write their master's dissertations: during the semester in the Austrian university Russian students are assigned a supervisor from the partner university to coordinate their research in the third and fourth semesters.
"The Faculty of International Relations has received a student mobility grant for the programme "Business in the Emerging Markets" for the first time. It is an integral programme which brings together several countries: Russia, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, China, and India. It has international accreditation and offers great opportunities for its students. The graduates of the programme are highly qualified specialists in the area of the economy in the emerging markets which are in high demand on the labour market. They are invited to work in Russian and international companies. Many of the students stayed in Austria after the graduation: they enrolled on master's courses or received attractive job offers", said the Dean of the Faculty of International Relations, Oleg Belenov.