Togliatti Academy of Management
The Togliatti Academy of Management is
located in Togliatti, a city of more than 700,000 in the Western part
of the Russian Federation on the banks of the Volga River, 600 miles southeast
of Moscow. The Samara region is one of the top five regions in Russia
for foreign investment and has the largest concentration of Russia's automobile
and chemical plants, which offers vast opportunities for foreign firms
to supply equipment, components and services. The city of Togliatti, which
produces almost 60% of the GDP for the Samara region, is the corporate
headquarters for the AvtoVAZ automobile manufacturing plant. This site
produces the Lada, Zhiguli and Niva cars, and exports these models to
90 countries around the world. Production volume from the VAZ factory
accounts for 60% of the Russian automobile market.
TAM was established in 1991 by AvtoVAZBank to educate and prepare the
personnel needed for Samara Region to support free market reform efforts.
Today's TAM Board of Trustees consists of representatives from the Administration
of Samara Region, City Council of Togliatti, AvtoVAZ (the largest automobile
factory in Russia), the Center of Strategic Research (headquartered in
Nizhni Novgorod) and FIA-Bank in Togliatti.
The Togliatti Academy of Management (TAM) is a comprehensive non-governmental
educational institution whose vision is "continuous improvement through
learning". It is an active proponent of economic reforms in Russia.
The Academy emphasizes excellence in teaching, in advising and in student-faculty
relationships while encouraging service, research and creativity. TAM
is committed to providing an education that confronts students with different
perspectives and new ideas. This kind of education occurs inside and outside
the classroom. Its mission is to prepare the next generation managers
and leaders in Russia. To this end, its faculty members are extensively
recruited. Admission to this school is highly selective and applicants
compete aggressively through a series of tests, essays and interviews
before selection is determined.
The Academy has evolved into a unique multilevel training, research and
development center in the Samara region. At the present time TAM is in
the pre-candidacy stage of international accreditation under the auspices
of the American Association of Colleges Schools of Business International
(AACSB). This is a rigorous and exhaustive six-year procedure, whose standards
only a select few programs meet. The mission of the AACSB is to provide
global leadership in advancing management education through accreditation
and by fostering international interchanges, key business linkages, sharing
of best practices, and professional development. The TAM will be the first
Russian institution admitted to this internationally recognized organization.
Needless to say, accreditation will be a significant accomplishment and
underscores the TAM's determination to be the preeminent management education
institution in Russia.