FIVE REASONS NOT TO STUDY ABROAD

17/01/2014

 

Mhealth.ru (Site news), January 17, 2014

FIVE REASONS NOT TO STUDY ABROAD

Expert:
Anders Liljenberg, dean of Stockholm School of Economics Russia 

Mhealth.ru (Site news), January 17, 2014

 

FIVE REASONS NOT TO STUDY ABROAD

Do you think that it is prestigious to study abroad and do you plan to go there? There are several serious reasons that will make you think if it is worth getting education in foreign higher educational institutions and business schools.
Many people wish to study abroad, this is fashionable and confidence in foreign education is sometimes bigger than confidence in the Russian one. But why is it better to get higher and business education in the country in which you plan to have career?
Expert:
Anders Liljenberg, dean of Stockholm School of Economics Russia
1. Knowledge obtained abroad may turn out to be useless
Liljenberg states, "The task of education is giving of up-to-date knowledge to you that you can use in the country where you have career." You may study in the Harvard University and afterwards you will return to Russia and will understand that everything is different here. You will have to spend a lot of time to adapt the knowledge to reality of the country in which you live independently. Or you will have to get another education on the spot.
2. Foreign lecturers may not know the Russian specific
For you this is dangerous because of the same thing, knowledge that cannot be used in practice. The expert presumes, "If, for instance, we speak about business a foreign lecturer will never teach a Russian how to develop business in Russia."
3. You will miss an opportunity to establish business relations
Higher education or studying in a business school mans not only knowledge but also business acquaintances. There is probably no need to explain that relations can help you very much to be promoted on the career ladder. Liljenberg says, "Having studied abroad and having returned to Russia, you miss an opportunity of turning of acquaintances with fellow-students into money."
4. You may miss a moment
In Russia you have a possibility to learn and to work (or to have practice) simultaneously. This is very important because you most likely will not miss a convenient moment for upward jump on the career ladder. It is possible to use even the crisis for your own interests because this is not always the worst time, for instance, for a startup business. The expert advises, "Russia has a big potential for development (including development of business) now, use this for your own interests."
5. Education certificate obtained in Russia causes bigger confidence
Employers trust certificates of the higher educational institutions reputation of which causes no doubts of them. As a rule, employer is more informed about Russian higher educational institutions than about the foreign ones (of course, we do not speak about such giants as, for example, Cambridge University). At any rate, Liljenberg sticks to the following position, "If you get a certificate honestly and not simply pay for it, it is worth something. Unfortunately, there are many higher educational institutions not only abroad but also in Russia the certificate of which is simple paper."

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