The School of International Business at Omsk State University, Russia (1991-2004)
I initiated this project in 1991 in response to the new challenges and opportunities resulting from the collapse of the “iron curtain”. I worked there as Founding Dean, Department Chair and Director of International Programs since its inception till my departure in 2004.
The School of International Business at Omsk State University was founded in 1993 and became an independent school in 1998. The structure and philosophy of the School was very unique in Siberia and probably in Russia. The curriculum was designed to combine Russian and western models to develop Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration that meet international standards. Despite high enrollment demand, the School used to admit only a relatively small number of students per year in an effort to maintain high standards for both students and faculty. The School was recognized as a center of excellence for the region and as a gateway to many international opportunities for the students. The School of International Business as a part of Omsk State University was fully accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation (ME). Under my tenure in 1993-2004 and long after my departure, in 2005-2020, the program was highly successful in preparing business specialists for Russian companies entering the global market and foreign corporations in Russia. Regretfully, the project was abruptly discontinued by the university in 2020.
Chukhlomin, V., & Chukhlomina, I. (2013). Engineering a Business School in a Former Soviet-Era Closed City: The Case of Omsk, Siberia. International Educations Studies, 6(1), 26-45.
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The Australia – Russia Educational Center at Omsk State University and the Sydney Office (1999-2005)
In 1999, I initiated and led the creation of a unique educational program named “The Russian University in Australia Exchange program (RUAP)”.
The RUAP was aimed at preparing highly qualified specialists in the fields of international business and information technology. The program operated in a unique way where Siberian students studying full time at their home institution were able to travel to Australia to undertake English language training and complete professional courses at local colleges in Sydney while continuing studies at home via remote learning. As a result, the students were able to obtain two qualifications at the same time; in addition, many of them gained valuable knowledge and skills by part-time work and exposure to international business practices.
Read more on the project:
Chukhlomin, V., & Chukhlomina, I. (2013). Outsourcing global skills development to Australian vocational colleges: A Case study on reverse transnationalization. In Innovation in Business Education in Emerging Countries (Ed. I. Alon, V. Jones, and J. McIntyre). Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK.