THIRTY senior managers from Russian Railways have spent a week at the University of Portsmouth Business School on a financial training course.
It is the second trip the managers have made to Portsmouth as part of their MBA degree programme, which they are studying at the Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (MIIT).
The partnership between the organisations came about through Language School International.
It was set up by principal lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance, Dr Peter Andrew, after a visit to Moscow in 2009.
Russian Railways (RZD) is the second largest rail network in the world with 85,200km of track and is the country’s largest employer with more than a million staff. It is a major contributor to the economy with assets worth more than £55bn.
The students at MIIT undertake part of their course in the UK because fluency in English is part of RZD’s corporate policy.
Dr Andrew, said: ‘MIIT is the largest university specialising in railways and transportation in Russia so we’re very pleased to be working in collaboration with their students.
‘The company was keen to link with Portsmouth Business School because of the high national ranking of our accounting and finance courses.
‘It is an excellent partnership as the students benefit greatly by learning about global finance from a western perspective and improving their English language skills at the same time.’