On September 19, SKOLKOVO had its first official graduates! Students from the first Executive MBA class finished their studies in July 2010 and they became official graduates during the celebrations of the fourth anniversary of SKOLKOVO!
After solemn speeches and congratulations, Igor Shuvalov, the first deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation and a member of SKOLKOVO’s International Advisory Board, personally awarded diplomas to this group of 21 EMBA students.
There was a creative approach to the design and format of the school’s first diplomas, so that this event would be as memorable as possible for everyone involved.
Made in the traditional violet shades of the Executive MBA, it is no accident that the diplomas resemble a fairly hefty book. But on the inside, in addition to the usual educational information, there's a surprise for the graduates. Several seconds after opening the diplomas, a video begins playing on a monitor on the right side of the card. It shows a clip about the past 18 months of the program and how this group of strangers became a tight-knit team.
It’s worth mentioning that this is the first time in Russia that diplomas have been created using innovative technology — video-in-print, from the developer, the Americhip corporation. This technology allows you to simply open the appropriate page, activate the 10-cm diagonal, thin liquid crystal display, and see a full-motion, HD video.