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MiM Offers an Alternative for the Ambitious

‘Employers are increasingly looking for emotional intelligence and social leadership potential.’

Published: February 26, 2014 (Issue # 1799)



  • A Masters in Management offers a fast track to business success for those unable or unwilling to pursue an MBA.
    Photo: Matt Buck / Flickr

With the effects of globalization creating a volatile and ever-changing business environment, it’s no surprise that this in turn has affected business education, in terms of both the value and popularity of certain qualifications. While the Master of Business Administration, or MBA, still remains the most recognized management credential, the number of students applying for the program has fallen in recent years in favor of a more accessible and affordable option — the Masters in Management, or MiM, degree.

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The recent surge in popularity for the MiM is especially evident in Europe. From the number of students who sat the Graduate Management Admissions Test, or GMAT, last year, 44 percent applied to MiM programs — an upswing of 23 percent from 2008. In Russia, growth last year was just as significant with 32 percent of GMAT applicants looking to complete a MiM — up from 17 percent in 2008.

Roland Siegers, executive director of CEMS, a global alliance in management education that runs its own MiM programs around the world, is not surprised by the figures. He believes that the MiM is on track to replace the MBA as the management degree of choice.

“Beyond excellent grades and proven intellectual capacities, which remain a must, employers are increasingly looking for emotional intelligence and social leadership potential,” he said, speaking to The St. Petersburg Times.

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“The MiM’s young graduates are increasingly being seen as an asset as they are not only university-trained generalists in management but are more willing to accept change and better deal with the evolving business market.”

The major difference between the two programs is the entry requirements. The MiM is immediately available to Bachelor graduates with little or no work experience whereas the MBA can only be undertaken after at least five to six years of experience. There is also a substantial difference in cost. The MiM is similarly priced to a Bachelor’s program whereas an MBA can cost up to twice that amount.

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Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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