17th April 2003





A Russian student has come to the University of Lincoln on a Russian President’s Scholarship to study for a masters degree for a year.


Sergey Panov (25), from Kaluga near Moscow, is here to compare methods of study in Russia and in the UK and collect materials for the dissertation he will write on his return to Russia.


He is able to spend a year at Lincoln studying for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance thanks to funding he received from the Russian President’s Scholarship.


“This course is a very important step in my scientific career which allows me to extend my knowledge and skills and write a serious masters dissertation,” says Sergey.


“I chose the University of Lincoln because it offers excellent studying facilities and

pays attention to the efficient collaboration with international students.”


Sergey graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University in Kaluga in 2001 and began a postgraduate economics course before deciding to apply for a scholarship to study abroad.


“I heard I’d been successful at the end of April last year and it was the biggest and most pleasant surprise of my life,” he says.


“The Russian President’s Scholarship allows you to study at a foreign university completely free of charge. The general idea is to invest directly in Russian students to allow them to familiarise themselves with scientific experience and educational processes in foreign universities.


“The scholarship provides students with an excellent opportunity to get a prestige foreign degree as well as valuable knowledge and experience, which are very helpful for the further development of the Russian science and education system.”


The competition for the Russian President’s Scholarships for studying abroad is held every year by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation and

rewards 40 undergraduates and 60 postgraduates annually.


After completing his course in Lincoln Sergey plans to return to Kaluga to complete his postgraduate course and begin his Russian postgraduate dissertation.


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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk