How is it already March?? We started 2017 fresh and revived after a 3 week break over the Christmas holiday. Next thing you know, it’s March and we are all split up into different Boot camps (based on the specialty we want to follow) and the number of classes we have left is getting into the single digits! But before we go further down that road….let’s take it back to January and February and revisiting all the fun we’ve had so far!
January started with a big party – the Vlerick New Year Reception that is!
January also started with a big visit: Vlerick hosted a group of students from a partner Chinese MBA program – a group of 25 students on a visiting trip from China’s top ranking program – the Beijing International MBA program at Peking University. The group spent 2 weeks on our campus during which we were fully integrated in all courses and worked on different case studies together. We all benefited from the different points of views and the enriching experience. For sure some friendship will last beyond the school year.ta
One of the more memorable moments of their visit was the opportunity to visit KatoenNatie together and learn about their operations and their warehouse facilities in Antwerp harbor.
Another great experience was having Bart Cauberghe, a managing partner from GIMV, give a presentation on campus about Punch Powertrain – a project they were able to turn from a low-performer to a highly attractive company worth 1 billion euros in 7 years – “Not by financial ‘tricks’, but by operational improvements.”
It was a very inspiring look into an industry not familiar to many of us, but one that proved very intriguing.
Once the BIMBA program students left back to China, a fun weekend trip was planned in Lisbon, Portugal where most of our classmates headed off for a long weekend of sightseeing and having some fun away from campus and classwork, lead by our very own Portuguese tour guide and classmate, Ines!
February proved to be an even bigger whirlwind that January, with weekend electives starting as well as multiple company visits on and off campus. That, along with a full course load and many assignments due made the 28 days feel even shorter!
Of course, we made time for a little fun by getting a group of soccer enthusiasts together to watch Anderlecht beat Zenith 2-0. Go Belgium!
One fun elective this year was the opportunity to travel to Dublin, Ireland and take a 4-day elective course on Big Data & Digital Strategy at Trinity College. Like all other electives, this one was a mix of our cohorts and of our colleagues from the Executive MBAs (Belgium and St. Petersburg included). We had some interactive visits at IBM getting an overview of their Watson software, as well as visiting the new campus at Oracle, which specializes in big data solutions and analytics.
Mandatory stop at Guinness Storehouse
Oracle Company Visit
We also had coursework – I promise!
Finally, we are now halfway through Bootcamps in March and all busy working on our Business Plans for Entrepreneurship, which will be due at the end of the program. Some of us have very innovative and clever ideas and are waiting to get them challenged during out trip to Silicon Valley. Stay tuned for the next blog, which will highlight the different Bootcamps Vlerick offers and our learning journeys throughout.
Til next time!