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PLEKHANOVRussian University
of Economics

Founded in 1907

International Conference 2019 «Job Market Trends: Humans vs Robots»
25 November
International news

The International Conference «Job Market Trends: Humans vs Robots» took place within the framework of the IIIrd International Teacher's Week held on November 18th-22nd, 2019. 


The Conference was inaugurated by Alexey Bolvachev, the Director of Educational-Scientific Center "Finance" and Olga Shemetkova, the Dean of the Faculty of Finance. 


The talks and presentations were made by representatives of embassies, leading companies and professors of the world's leading universities from the USA, UK, Japan, Belgium, Finland, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. 


During the Plenary Session moderated by Inga Koryagina, the Head of the International Division, Ph.D, Associate Professor, the following speakers were given the floor:  

Trevor Lewis, Counsellor, Director of the Department for International Trade, British Embassy Moscow, spoke about Competing Globally – the tussle for talent;

Hugh Piper, a Managing Director of ManpowerGroup in Russia, gave a speech about skills reshuffle, the emergence of robots and their introduction into the workflow;

Yuzuru Iguchi, the Director of Business Development, and Roman Efimov, Senior Strategist of Hakuhodo Rus LLC, Japan, raised the question: Can Ad Technology Replace Advertising and Creative People?;

Sergey Voytishkin, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie-CIS, Limited in Russia, highlighted the necessary skills of the employee from the point of view of the employer in VUCA;

Gregory Degand, a lecturer at EPHEC University College of Business Studies in Belgium, presented a case study on adapting educational process to the digital transformation of accounting and finance;

Svetlana Meyer, a Managing Partner of Deloitte CIS Tax & Legal, made a presentation on the theme Imagining Future of Work in Russia;

Simona Cincalova, Ph.D, a Lecturer and a researcher at college of Polytechnics Jihlava, Czech Republic, gave a talk on the issue Corporate Social Responsibility: Humans vs Robots;

Eva Hua, a Vice-President of Awara, Austria, talked about the companies expectations from the graduates when they start their career path. 


At the end of the plenary session, participants took a group photo. 


The Plenary Session was followed by the Round Table. The discussion was dedicated to the issue of how universities should remain competitive in the financial education market as well as what kind of financial specialists should be prepared in a rapidly changing environment. 


During the Round Table discussion took part:

Christopher Korten, an Associate Professor of History at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, raised the question of the influence of free education online on university lecturers and universities in general;

Victoria Pyatanova, a Head of the Financial Management Department at Plekhanov Russian Economic University of Economics, gave a talk on the skills and qualities required for financiers in a constantly changing environment;

Elina Wainio, a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Academic Mobility at Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland, noted the importance of teaching and training students to manage themselves in a future robotic world; 

Grant Challinor, a Head of Client Relationships at AVC Advisory, highlighted the mistakes made by humans and machines in financial consulting;

Daria Lewandowska, a President and CEO of Selfmakers, LTD Company, Poland, gave a talk on job market trends: soft skills are no longer a soft option;

Szabolcz Pastor, an Associate Professor of the National University of Public Service in Budapest, Hungary, raised the issue of threats and opportunities from automatioan and robotisation;

Tamara Dzholdosheva, a Professor of M. Ryskulbekov Kyrgyz Economic University, Kyrgyzstan, revealed the problems of the labor market in Kyrgyzstan in the context of the digitalization of the economy;

Cholpon Nuralieva, a Deputy Head of the Accounting, Analysis and Audit Department at the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, Kyrgyzstan, talked about problems and prospects of the Accounting profession on the labour market of Kyrgyz Republic;

Victor Trinchuk, a Head of the Insurance Department of the Institute of Postgraduate Education and Business in Kiev, Ukraine, highlighted the difficulties, features and prospects for financial professionals in the labor market in Poland and in Ukraine. 


All the participants of the Conference expressed their deep gratitude to the Administration of the University for Conference organization and noted the high level of students education. 


The rector Viktor Grishin received Letters of Gratitude from representatives of Universities from Finland, Belgium, Poland and Kyrgyzstan.