ISET

The strength of the Swedish economy is a byword throughout Europe, and, so any lessons learned from Swedish experts will be of the utmost value for developing economies.

On 14 October, ISET hosted representatives from the Stockholm School of Economics, with keynote speakers Dr. Anders Liljenberg (Dean of SSE Russia, Associate Professor at Stockholm School of Economics) and Anna Izmailova (Business Trainer, Head of Sales and Marketing at Stockholm School of Economics Russia) addressing assembled faculty and students. In the first part of their presentation, Dr. Liljenberg and Prof. Izmailova interchangeably introduced the Executive MBA program at the Stockholm School of Economics Russia. This economics school has already 2000 alumni all over Europe; indeed, Prof. Izmailova herself is a graduate of the EMBA program of 2010. In her talk, she stated that studens' professors, classmates and books are the three key factors that makes their learning environment effective.

“You need to think carefully before you jump into this deep sea,” said Professor Daniel Levy at the very beginning of a presentation entitled “Why can a PhD be bad for you?”. While this statement sounded frightening to those who were planning to pursue a PhD or other further studies, it appeared to be more bemusing for others who were not considering a career in academia.

Based on his personal experience, Dr. Levy explained that substantial difficulties come with academic life: a PhD is not a continuation of an MA, and it constitutes an “unbelievable amount of commitment”. It requires “focus, and lots of patience, time and energy”. Dr Levy recalled that during his studies, he took most of his meals sitting in front of a computer or with his nose buried in a book.

“Money Can’t Buy EU Love – European Funds and the Brexit Referendum” is the title of a paper by Dr. Jan Fidrmuc of Brunel University, and immediately evokes images of several months ago when Remain voters lined the streets of London with ‘We Love EU’ placards and gold and blue flags, as well as recent savage arguments in Brussels over the best course of action as the continent struggles to get over the shock of a member state opting to leave the union.

Dr. Fidrmuc explained to his ISET audience that his paper found that many supporters of the Remain campaign came from British regions which benefited from European structural and cohesion funds, but that EU cohesion policies were undersold as part of the campaign itself. As well as beneficiaries, his paper also revealed that counties with lower unemployment

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