Open Doors Day at the Master’s ‘World Agricultural Markets’ program

The program was unveiled by the Vice-Rector for Development – Head of the MGIMO Rector’s Office A. Malgin, Deputy Director of the Agroexport Federal Center Y. Shestakov, Project Manager of the Agroexport Federal Center G. Semyonov and the scientific supervisor of the program N. Cherner.

A. Malgin revised the history of cooperation between MGIMO and the Ministry of Agriculture initiated by the training program for agricultural attaches operating in foreign representative offices of the Ministry. He also touched upon the track for training specialists for the agro-industrial complex, which includes master’s and MBA programs.

In addition to MGIMO, the key Russian agricultural universities – Stavropol and Kuban State Agrarian Universities – are also involved in the implementation of the master’s program. Key-note segments of the training are field modules, practical exercises and meetings with industry experts.
“60% of our students are the university graduates dealing somehow with agricultural topics, and 40% are MGIMO undergraduate graduates. Most of them are quite proficient in rare languages, — said the Vice-Rector. — The most talented of them can apply for the Russian Agricultural Bank grant fully covering the cost of training”.

N. Cherner detailed the magistracy educational process organization, which schedule allows to combine training and full-time employment, because the classes are arranged in the evening on weekdays and in the afternoon on Saturday. Special attention is paid to the foreign language studies. The undergraduates study two languages at least, one of which is English.

Y. Shestakov appreciated the advantages of MGIMO education and career prospects for future applicants. He emphasized that today no educational institution trains specialists of such a level, which guarantees 100% employment for the graduates.

“Today, almost none of prominent agricultural holdings have special subsidiaries supporting international trade. Until later, this was not so urgent, but today the shortage of such specialists is fairly severe. These are the specialists to be nurtured at MGIMO, — said the Deputy Director of the Agroexport. —The graduates of the program will be able to forge the path or their own in science, business, and diplomacy. Such specialists will be in demand in the Agroexport as well”.

G. Semenov overviewed the activities of the Agroexport promoting further development of external economic activity in agriculture and some related prospects for the MGIMO graduates.

The third batch is starting classes in September. More on The video of the Open Doors Day is available on the MGIMO YouTube channel.