- James J. Hearn - PhD professor from USA, UN representative
topic - Community Involvement
"In the market economy the government is not able to meet all community needs and to solve all the numerous problems that are nevertheless so important for people. What the government really can do is to provide community with sources while everything is in people's power. We, ordinary people, can ourselves identify these problems that bother us and our community, work out projects, attract people and improve our life. So called NGO's (Non-Governmental Organizations) are very popular in the US and in all developed countries. They are coming to Russia. If you are not indifferent to social problems - take initiative and improve people's life." - said Mr. Hearn at the meeting with YES-club, inspiring its members to be community involved. And it is exactly true, everything is in people's power!
- Samuel Kikile - a student from Nigeria.
topic - "Welcome to Nigeria"
Samuel came from Port-Harcourt, a city in Nigeria, to study in Moscow Power Engineering Institute for 5 years. At the meeting in YES he broke the perception and stereotype of most of us about Nigeria as an underdeveloped country where people are living in tribes and "running around the fire".
Samuel is an extremely intelligent person, able to speak in public in high-English and came to Russia to get education here and to come back home and improve his country, its economy and life. "I do not think we should divide people according to their color of skin, language or nationality. We are equal, we are global and are living on the same Earth. Only God knows what our predestination and roles here are."
- Anjoumaran Noorani - Second secretary of British Embassy in Moscow.
topic - Educational system in UK
Anjoum graduated from Oxford University in 2001 and has an outstanding career working in the Foreign Office in UK, and then in British Embassy as the 2nd Secretary. He is a smart and interesting person, with parents and relatives from India, excellent sense of humor, and who is absolutely fluent in Russian (though he was speaking English, of course).
The system of education in Britain is a lot different. Students study 6 months a year, most of the classes are held by private tutors, or in with groups no more 3 participants, it is impossible to be unprepared or cheat. The key point is that the students have to work a lot by themselves, by reading a lot and conducting individual projects. Oxford School presents an Aristotelian approach. The main task of the students is not to memorize facts, but to be able to prove what they are stating. "Even if what you are saying is absolute nonsense, stand your point of view logically and persuasively, and you will get your credit."
- Russian Students - participants of Flex-program
Topic - The world of opportunities
YES-club was receiving a group of talented and decisive young ladies, who being just school pupils managed to prove their outstanding abilities to the American government, won grants and dared to go for the whole year to study abroad in the US - in a different country, far away from parents, speaking only English and solving their problems by themselves. What did they get? - lots of experience, new ideas, plenty of new friends, absolutely fluent English and lots of fun! "I have understood that everything is possible in our life, as soon as we have great desire and put much effort into gaining your goals…", "There are so many interesting things in this world that you can get to know, however, only through your own experience. Believe in yourself and do it!" - shared the girls with YES-members their ideas.
- Students from the USA
Topic- Studying in Russia
It always sounds a little bit strange when you hear that students from America come to study in Russia. What for? Usually they are people who have some ties with Russia or just those who are looking for experience and adventures. "There is no much information about Russia in the US. We have some kind of idea about who the Russians are only through movies where they are usually gangsters or criminals. I decided to see this country with my own eyes" - explained Ben. However, notwithstanding all the worries of their parents, they seem to have a good time here."Well, actually, I like being here, I like people I meet, I like that you can bump into McDonald's at every corner, that makes me really feel like at home, for some time at least. The two things I have learned here: keep away from "babushkas" and be as active as possible in metro in the morning."
- James J. Hearn - PhD professor from USA, UN representative
Topic - Working in UN
Professor Hearn while working in Habitatconsultad, UN division, participated in three missions in Africa and in South America, where he was responsible for accomplishing projects on community and housing problems. It was a really challenging task to come to a new country, to talk to people and make them feel comfortable with you, make them trust you, feel and understand that you want to help. It was even more difficult to do that in such environment, where people do not consider themselves as equal to you, and some of them were even inimical. A person has to have outstanding personal skills for that - be sociable, persuasive and able to make friends with any person in a heartbeat. "However, the key task was not just to carry out the project and get things done. It was essential to find good people and train them, so that after we left they could solve their problems by themselves."
- Britton Boone - consultant from Global Hope partners
Topic - Future job opportunities
"To be successful in business, remember, 25% is about hard skills and 75% is about people" - that was said by Jack Welsh, No 1 manager of 20th century, it was confirmed by lots of leading businessmen, it is complete true and that is why the non profitable organization GHP came to Russia to train students, develop their "people skills" and help them to become successful business people, outstanding managers and multiple personalities. At the meeting in YES Brit was presenting the development program, worked out by GHP, the purpose of which is to help students to overcome the "performance gap" (difference between companies' expectations and students abilities), to become competitive on the labor market and maximum efficient at the work place. Our members had a great opportunity to apply for the program, and YES members are still more then welcome to participate in it (application form can be filled out on the web-site www.ghpmoscow.org)