Anders Paalzow, president of SSE Russia, updates on School work
Dear friends and colleagues,
As we all see, things have accelerated over the past two weeks with lockdown of borders, introduction of a high alert regime in Moscow and general self-isolation regime in cities. In an effort to keep our students and team members informed, I would like to provide you a summary of recent steps taken by both SSE and SSE in Russia in response to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19 (Corona virus) on academic, practical and human levels.
To ensure the safety of you and our staff, we have temporarily closed our offices and classes in St.Petersburg and Moscow. The premises will not be available for use until further notice. In addition, Lars Strannegård, President of Stockholm School of Economics, has decided to cancel and/or postpone all public and in-class events and activities till the end of April. This time period may be prolonged. While our commitment to the highest levels of service and safety is unchanged, these temporary adjustments are necessary, and we regret any inconvenience caused.
We were forced to change the schedule of all upcoming modules until the situation improves (please, check our site for further updates). However, SSE Russia is working hard to make necessary rearrangements to the educational programs ensuring that School operations continue.
Although on-site modules are suspended, the study process will proceed according to the updated schedule. All current activities will be transferred into digital format, which means that some parts of the course content will be delivered online via Zoom. Please, check emails from your group manager and program director regularly. Such remote learning has been introduced in order to guarantee the continuation of our programs, to keep the pace of the educational process and to stay in touch with each other. Of course, we will do our best to maintain the same standards of excellence our face-to-face sessions provide.
I would also like to mention a promising initiative of our alumni, which illustrates the spirit of mutual support and community that is at the heart of the SSE culture. Ilya Fomintsev (EMBA GMR10) and his team, including 2 more of our graduates Zoya Popova (EMBAGM19) and Anna Poshivalova (EMBA GM1), have urgently created and launched an online service Just ask | COVID-19», where you can obtain the latest information about the COVID-19 and ask professionals about this infection.
Please, be advised that our recruitment activities for EMBA and open programs continue at pace with some adjustments due to the current conditions. As the launch of GM21 group was postponed to autumn, we have re-activated an Early-Bird offer for the applicants. Please, share this information with all your friends or colleagues, who might be interested in our EMBA program.
We strongly believe in you and cherish your support during the hardest turbulence that SSE and the global business educational industry have ever experienced. Be assured, we intend to resume normal program operations at the earliest opportunity. Until then, we will provide a regular email communication during this critical time. You can follow us on our website, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages.
We care about our students inside and outside of SSE Russia premises, therefore if you need any support during these extraordinary times or have specific queries or concerns - you are welcome to email us.
I hope you all follow the safety regulations and prescriptions in order to stay healthy. Please stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
President of the Stockholm School of Economics in Russia
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