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News from the Winter School in Entrepreneurship

During the remainder of the School, the students of Romance Languages continued to be introduced to the world of work in which Italian and French language skills are in demand.

For example, Caterina Doglio, a correspondent and TV journalist at the foreign bureau of the Italian broadcaster RAI in Moscow, told the students about what it is like to work as an international journalist, about the qualities needed to cope with extraordinary situations and to fulfill their mission with high quality, as well as about her own life, during which Doglio has managed to travel around the world. Matteo Ferrarotti, commercial director of the Max Mara fashion house in Moscow, who studied international economics at MGIMO and was recently appointed to this high managerial position, shared his thoughts about Max Mara’s history and the secrets of its success. Matteo sees great prospects for business development in Russia, notes the keen interest of Russians in Italian fashion and expresses his hope to see new employees from among the graduates of the Romance department in his team.

David Henderson-Stewart, Director of the Raketa Watch Factory, emphasized the uniqueness of their products, which are unparalleled in the world and continue to faithfully follow the authentic historical tradition of mechanical watchmaking. David noted that the main driving force of an entrepreneur should be his belief in success, in his idea, while for a conscientious manufacturer, it is not so much income that is important, but rather an impeccable reputation, which can be ruined in one wrong step, while it can take years to restore it. David spoke about the history of the factory and exhibited the main features of the unique design of the watches, which are so successfully sold in many countries of the world that the demand constantly exceeds the supply. David’s presentation aroused great interest among the students.

The Winter School of Entrepreneurship was also organically integrated into the Annual Conference of the STOU, during which students got acquainted with the work of the section on Current Problems in Romance Philology from an organizational point of view, noting the main stages of preparation, drafting an informational letter, and interacting with speakers. The experience of observing how a session is conducted may be necessary for students in the future, if they decide to make the organization of scientific events part of their professional lives.