Since the establishment of the Foundation in 1999 education has been one of our major spheres of activity and priority issue as we believe that to improve our life and social involvement in philanthropy we need to nurture and encourage future leaders and those who will be able later not only to improve their own skills and knowledge but also to change life and environment around them for the better. That is why all educational programs are aimed at potential leaders, future opinion formers and decision makers who have the agenda of contributing to Russia’s development and growth.
A positive example of this approach is the Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Program which focuses on master degree students and professors. This Program logically builds on and follows the Federal Scholarship Program which was launched back in 2000 and encouraged student-led projects aimed to improve student life and address community needs and which was logically followed by The Vladimir Potanin Fellowship Program combines three components: fellowship contest for master degree students, grant competition for university professors who teach courses for master degree students, and Foundation School based on the principle of learning by doing, self government and networking.
Another sphere of our educational activity is a target program for MGIMO students aimed to facilitate professional training of future Russian diplomats and to provide them with opportunities for foreign traineeships.