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Estonian Business School, Tallinn, which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary, intends to forge stronger international links to maintain its competitive advantages, says rector Peeter Kross.
“Since I took over 10 months ago, one of my major concerns has been to continue refocusing our international activities on strategic partnerships with leading schools in countries where EBS needs more visibility, [similar to] our joint degree with Lancaster University Management School in the UK, signed in 2007,” says Mr Kross.
EBS expects to agree joint degree and long-term student exchange programmes with both Oxford Brookes University in the UK and IAE Aix-en-Provence in France shortly, the latter with a specialisation in European Business.
Mr Kross is also keen to expand to the east of Estonia, in Russia and China.
“We’ve hired Russian-speaking staff...as a result about one-third of our master’s level 2008-2009 intake are from the Russian-speaking community,” he says.
Relations with Russia will be further enhanced after requests by the University of Pskov for help in creating a business school and by Arkhangelsk Technical University, which plans to teach in English and adopt the European three-years-plus-two system of study.
The school already has exchange partners for students and faculty in St Petersburg and Moscow, and recently held its first alumni conference in China.