Students from Mercure Academy in Petrozavodsk
April and the beginning of May in Karelia haven’t pleased us with a bunch of sunny days. Nevertheless, the atmosphere at the University was really warm. These days a group of students from Mercure Academy (it is an International Business private school located in Montpellier (France)) arrived in Petrozavodsk to take part in the Business Course – “Doing Business with Russian Companies”. Almost the whole month they have tried to crack the ruses, cobwebs and shades of the Russian Business and Politics. The course major themes covered were
- Russian culture: religion, language, beliefs and customs,
- Russian Law Systems,
- Historical, political and economic overview of Russia,
- Russian business cultural values and attitudes in the workplace,
- Russian business communication and negotiation styles,
- Management and working styles for doing business in Russia,
- Marketing in Russia.
All students were charmed with the modern and creative manner of teaching, especially, with the high level of the language of the Russian tutors (all lectures were taught on the would-be-a-great-target-for-students-independent-advanced English). The practical experience was visiting well-known in PTZ companies such as Car Centre “СТК”,
Company “Mini-Taxi” and Beauty Salon “H2O”. After the course French students certain Russia really plays an important role in world affairs and knowing its business peculiarities means getting on the right track and taking the chance to become a giant in big politics.
And of course students enjoyed their spring free time here. They spent lots of time going out and communicating with local youth. Especially, they were perfectly satisfied with the café “La Parisienne” which was confirmed by them as a true analogue to French cafes.
Judging by the fact that the big crowd of Russian students came at the railway station to see our French students off, they will visit Petrozavodsk in the near future.