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Center-Invest Bank provides an intellectual forum for Russian and European students.

Students from the Higher School of Economics (Moscow), Munster University (Germany) and South Federal University (Rostov) have recently completed six-month placements with Center-Invest Bank, organised as part of a large European education project, TEMPUS POMBI.

The main objective of the project is to train future specialists in SAP IT solutions to work in all sectors of the Russian economy. In the IT Department of southern Russia’s largest bank the students studied advanced automated business processes for banking. The state-of-the-art SAP for Banking system being introduced by Center-Invest was used as a case study.

Today, specialists in SAP solutions are among the professionals most in demand both in Russia and abroad.

Center-Invest Bank, SAP CIS and the Southern Federal University signed an agreement on cooperation under the SAP University Alliance Program. Under this programme, a new centre has been set up which is training specialists in SAP solutions and also developing the curricula for courses in SAP products.

Center-Invest’s socio-educational projects encompass all participants in the educational process: teachers, students, schoolchildren and young specialists.

  • — Southern Federal University 2020: In public lectures, teaching staff present their views on the development of their own disciplines and on the practical application of research in their fields in the period up to 2020. Prize for the best lecture: 100,000 rubles (based on audience questionnaires).
  • — Together with the Rostov region Local Studies Museum, Center-Invest Bank has been running a programme allowing schoolchildren from the Rostov region to visit the Treasures of the Don Steppes exhibition for free. More than 35,000 schoolchildren have visited the exhibition since the programme was launched.
  • — Since 2003, Center-Invest Bank has awarded scholarships to students studying at Rostov region’s higher educational institutions. In 2008 the bank awarded grants of RUR20,000 to 260 students. (The total scholarship fund in 2008 exceeded RUR5.2m.)
  • — Higher education students in the Rostov region have the opportunity to undertake industry placements in any of Center-Invest Bank’s divisions. Upon graduating, having obtained professional experience and raised their educational level, the young specialists can apply for positions in the bank’s head office and branches that are commensurate with their qualifications.
  • — 50,000 students from the six leading higher educational institutions in the Rostov region receive their grants using international Cirrus/Maestro plastic cards issued by Center-Invest Bank.
In Russia, this way of doing business is called ‘socially responsible’, while in international practice the term 'sustainable' is used: ‘sustainable’ describes a business that aims to introduce new knowledge, technology and ways of working for the benefit of future generations.