June 14, 2019
KMBS is Ukraine’s leading business school. Every year, about 100 business men and women receive their MBAs
On June 1st KMBS celebrated its 20th anniversary at an event that gathered hundreds of its alumni, who joined the festivities at the Alumni Grand Event at the Equides Club outside of Kyiv. The celebration was led by Oleksandr Savruk, dean of KMBS, who has led the institution to its current position as Ukraine’s leading business school.
A bit of history will help understand the context and how much has been accomplished in such a short time. After Vyacheslav Bryukhovetsky led the re-establishment of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, he travelled to European and North American universities to learn how they were organized and managed. He realized that universities were proud of their business schools and considered them essential within the university structure. After returning to Kyiv, he took a bold innovative step in a post-soviet country, where universities never included such a structure, and promoted the idea of Kyiv-Mohyla Business School (KMBS).
He invited Pavlo Sheremeta, who eventually served as Minister of Economy under the Yatseniuk government, to become the school’s founding dean.
Sheremeta built up the curriculum, a culture of innovation, and set the stage for economic renovation of Ukraine through the many alumni who studied under his leadership. After Sheremeta accepted a position as dean of a major business school in Malaysia and consultant to Malaysia’s government, Oleksandr Savruk became dean, and the rest is history.
The ALUMNI GRAND EVENT was a smashing anniversary celebration. For graduates of the MBA degrees of KMBS it was an opportunity to meet with the founders of the School, faculty members, entrepreneurs, fellow alumni, and cultural leaders, and to share achievements and aspirations, experience personal exchanges and networking opportunities for further transformations of their careers, businesses and personal lives.
The program included exciting speakers, live jazz with the legendary Alex Kogan and his band, networking, and a beautiful landscape and environment. Speakers included:
Oleksandr Savruk, dean of KMBS, innovator, leader, who inspires new generations toward economic, personal, and national changes and development, member of the Board of Academics.
Vyacheslav Bryukhovetsky, the first president of National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, who led reforms to Ukraine’s system of higher education, and established KMBS with Pavlo Sheremeta as its first dean.
Pavlo Sheremeta, the first dean of KMBS, who established the school with Vyacheslav Bryukhovetsky, and later became minister of economy.
Oleksiy Skrypnyk, faculty member of KMBS, businessman, co-founder of ELEKS, a global company that provides full-cycle software engineering outsourcing services . Gennadiy Zubko, vice-prime minister of Ukraine for regional development, alumnus of KMBS
Vladislav Troyitskyj, actor, director, screenwriter and television host, founder of Ukraine’s first independent theater DAKH, and founder of the groups Dakhabrakha, DAKH Daughers, and Nova Opera, and also founder of GOGOLFEST. Continuous supporter of KMBS humanitarian days.
KMBS is Ukraine’s leading business school. Every year, about 100 business men and women receive their MBAs from one of four different programs. The school has also developed over 50 short programs in different areas. But the main value offered by the School––as attested to by the teachers and graduates––is the mindset change and becoming a part of a circle of like-minded people. After completing their program(s), many graduates change their own business approaches, and start contributing to social transformation.
The KMBS Alumni Association, in partnership with Mind.ua, is creating a special platform, Powered KMBS Alumni Platform, which aims to unite graduates around collaborative projects, values and business goals.
The first key project of the Platform will be a fundraiser for the Big Idea––the KMBS campus construction and expansion. The School’s Dean, Olexander Savruk, said that the Alumni Platform will greatly benefit the development of KMBS, collaboration with alumni, and synergy for the business community.