Moscow's Soon-to-Be Global B-School

Skolkovo, set to admit students in 2009, has the backing of Putin and Medvedevand half a billion dollars. The teaching will be in English

Skolkovo Moscow School of Management certainly doesn't look like your typical business school. Located in an old townhouse in a quiet part of central Moscow, it doesn't have any classrooms. You won't bump into students, because there aren't any. And there's just one permanent faculty member. So you may be surprised to learn that such a modest place has high hopes of becoming a leading global player in the highly competitive MBA market within a few years. "The great thing is that we have resources, and there is big political support," says Wilfried Vanhonacker, Skolkovo's dean. "So we can dream, and we can dream big."

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