UK study trip: how future leaders change the world today

From February 19 to 25, 2018 students of GSOM SPbU took part in a study tour for participants of the Russian-British Economic Forum, a project of the British Embassy and the organization Ruspromo. The aim of the forum was to improve trade, economic, investment, cultural, and most importantly - interpersonal relations between Russia and the United Kingdom.




In October 2017, the project of the British Embassy and the organization Ruspromo - Russian-British Economic Forum was launched at the World Festival of Youth and Students. The 26 best students from 100 participants were selected and invited to study in the UK.


The participants included representatives of leading Russian universities, such as the Higher School of Economics, Plekhanov University, FEFU, Kazan State University and others. GSOM SPbU was represented by students of the third and fourth years of the bachelor degree - Marina Tretyakova, Ernest Glukhov and Andrey Sviridov.



Reliable relations between countries


During the week participants of the forum visited London Stock Exchange and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. In the leading business schools of Scotland in Edinburgh and Glasgow, students found out about the country's economy and business system. Lectures and discussions were held on the issues of trade and economic relations between Russia and the United Kingdom. During the meetings the students discussed how important it is to build reliable relations between countries. In confirmation of this, the participants talked with representatives of the administration of the city of Glasgow, who talked about long-term relationships with partners from Rostov-on-Don.



The final event was a solemn meeting the former British Energy Minister Charles Hendry at the Blair Estate, where the results of the trip were summed up.


"We noticed that in the UK they are ready to exchange experience with Russian specialists. For Russia, such experience can become a serious platform for long-term economic development. In addition, we realized that in the sphere of financial technologies, Russian companies are rapidly introducing new approaches and services, and that gives the opportunity to sell goods with higher added value.


Dialogue as a basis


The students noted that it is important to Russia to develop a dialogue with foreign companies and to reduce the dependence of the national economy on the extraction of raw materials. Unfortunately, UK representatives are not sufficiently aware of what our country is today, and avoid contacts with Russia because of uncertainty.