IMT Dubai offers many diverse ways for students to not only participate in activities and events but to shape student life and experience. We encourage all students to join and actively participate in at least one committee, club, or student organisation. These opportunities not only assure on-going fun, recreation, and stimulation, but provide enriching learning experiences that can bolster a CV and increase the chances of getting a good job. They develop and demonstrate team, communication, creative, project management, and leadership skills, for example, and build invaluable networks and relationships with industry and the community. Below are some of our current opportunities.
1. Campus Engagement Coordination Committee. This committee is comprised of representatives from all stakeholder groups / student batches (cohorts), and led by Dean, Academic, Chair, Student Life, or other senior faculty or staff member initially, then on rotational basis. Representatives may be members of other committees and groups, but only the most outgoing and active students will be selected. The main purposes of the committee are to ensure (1) harmony across an ample, vibrant, and continuous range of campus events and activities and that there is the least possible conflict in sequencing and timing amongst the multiple events and activities that arise in the course of an academic year, and (2) maximum involvement and engagement of all members of the IMT Dubai community and its respective stakeholder groups.
2. Academic Committee. Comprised of class representatives of each program / class, this committee is responsible for academic conduct and discipline of students, including but not confined to ensuring timely beginning of class, monitoring attendance, cases of indiscipline, re-scheduling of classes, and identifying time slots for guest lectures. One faculty member is assigned as coach / mentor, and points of contact are the program chairpersons and Academic Program Office.
3. Internship Committee. Constituted of students of first year of MBA and DCP, and third year of BSBA programs, this committee creates, updates, and maintains database of companies that can offer internships to the students of MBA, DCP and BSBA. The committee works to ensure appropriate placements, healthy relationships with industry and the community, a student body well-prepared to compete for and perform well in internships, and contact is maintained with students and their supervisors while on placement. Mentorship is provided by standing member of Career Services along with a faculty representative.
4. Placement Committee. This committee consists of first and second year students of MBA, interested DCP students, and final year students of BSBA, and focuses on: (a) identifying, compiling, and updating information on companies and other organisations that might employ our students upon graduation; (b) developing relationships with these organisations and creating a variety of opportunities to engage with them (such as career fairs and company visits); (c) exploring and working to create final placement opportunities for our students and coordinating with companies and organisations about such opportunities; (d) working closely with Internship and other committees to ensure best relationships are maintained with industry and community and to obtain synergies between programs and initiatives; and (e) assisting in Career Services activities and events, ranging from supporting resume writing and review and interview preparation to fielding resumes and setting up interviews.
5. Alumni Committee. This committee (a) creates and updates a database of all the IMT Alumni, (b) invites IMT alumni to campus for guest lectures/talks, (c) organises alumni evenings / meets, (d) initiates short-term projects / internships and passes them over to internship or project coordinators, (e) improves alumni connect, and (f) works to ensure alumni are involved in the wide range of campus engagement activities.
6. Sponsorship Committee. This key committee takes the lead in identifying, approaching, cultivating relationships, and following-through with sponsors and potential sponsors. They ensure a sufficient number of motivated students are available and equipped to seek sponsorship, monitor the process, and communicate with senior management relevant issues and requirements. Members of the Sponsorship Committee are likely members of other committees, groups, and organisations, and they receive tailored training and mentoring in sponsorship activity.
7. Media and Public Relations Committee. This committee is involved in and shows leadership for: (a) designing promotional material for the programs; (b) developing and managing social and digital media presence of the programs across different social-media and digital platforms; (c) coordinating with other committees to actively gather information about activities / achievements of IMT Dubai; (d) improving the media presence and impact of the programs; (e) demonstrating strong presence at all engagement events and exploiting the “brand” and “buzz” potential inherent in such events.
8. Social and Cultural Committee. The Social and Cultural Committee (a) plans and organises cultural events on campus, including inter-institutional events and activities; (b) improves participation in inter-college cultural festivals; and (c) works / coordinates with other committees, clubs, and student organisations to ensure maximum publicity and participation.
9. Corporate Relations Committee. The Corporate Relations Committee contacts industry experts and representatives, and working with the Campus Engagement Coordination Committee (and other committees, clubs, and student organisations, as appropriate, e.g., Academic Committee and Alumni Committee), invites them for guests talks. It also works to promote consultancies, training, and other opportunities for and to industry and the community.
10. Economy Forum. The Economy Forum of the institute (a) identifies major economic blocks of the world, (b) continuously monitors and studies these economic blocks, (c) collects, compiles, and shares information about these blocks; (d) creates platforms where all the students get the opportunity to public express/discuss their views on economic affairs. A Professor of Economics serves as mentor and advisor.
11. Marketing Club. This club promotes marketing as a discipline and career, periodically compiles latest developments in the field of marketing and shares it with all concerned in the form of internal communication. It also organises inter- and intra-college marketing activities / games / The committee may also provide inputs to the institute about marketing of its programs to the target audience. As one specific objective, the club will organise a Marketing Conclave with the help of other committees by inviting by senior practitioners from industry. A marketing professor serves as mentor and advisor.
12. HR Club. This club includes students who wish to opt for HR as their major or minor specialisation. It collects and compiles latest developments in the field of HR and shares it with students and faculty members. As example, the club might organise an HR round-table by inviting senior HR professionals from industry. As needed, the institute may also involve the committee in designing / implementing some HR activities of the institute. A senior faculty member in the Human Resource Management area serves as mentor and advisor.
13. Operations Club. Comprised of students who intend to specialise in Operations Management, this club updates all periodically about latest developments in the field of operations management. It organises, for example, an operations conclave by inviting stalwarts of the industry. If needed, they may also be involved in management and maintenance of institute infrastructure. A senior faculty member in the operations and logistics area serves as mentor and advisor.
14. Sports and Recreation Committee. The Sports and Recreation Committee shows leadership in (a) organising various sports activities at IMT campus; (b) coordinating and promoting participation of students in inter-college sports festivals; (c) planning and organising financially self-sustainable inter-college sports festival on IMT campus; (d) ensuring facilities and equipment are safe, clean, and in good, usable condition, reporting deficiencies immediately to Chair, Student Life or delegate.
15. Public Speaking and Debate Club. This club organises a series of internal activities and events to hone the communication skills of the students. It organises inter- and intra-college events based around public speaking and / or debate, and promotes participation in such activities offered elsewhere. A focus might be creating or supporting a local chapter of Toastmasters. One of the communications faculty serves as mentor and advisor.
16. Mess Committee. Amongst the duties and activities of the Mess Committee at IMT are: (a) preparing weekly mess menu in consultation with all the students and the local management of the mess; (b) Monitoring quality of food / services in the mess and brings deficiencies to the notice of mess management and to the Campus Engagement Coordination Committee; surveying and reporting status; (c) suggesting ways to continuously improve the variety and quality of food/services; (d) promoting nutritional awareness and food appreciation, at times in concert with appropriate other committees and clubs.
17. Business School Competitions Committee. The committee actively looks for business competitions for students, solicits student participation in such competitions, and organises financially self-sustained business competitions on IMT campus. Members work closely with other committees, clubs, and student organisations to ensure sufficient publicity and participation.
18. Chess Club. Serving as chess ambassadors, members of the Chess Club organise chess gatherings and competitions on campus for IMT students, faculty, staff, and alumni, for other institutions in DIAC and the Dubai Region, and seek out other clubs and venues for play and competition. They foster interest in chess, teach new players, and ensure chess boards and pieces are complete, in good condition, and available.
19. Information Communication and Technology Club. This club promotes interest in IT business applications and works to connect students and others in the area who share similar interests and goals. The club strives to organise ICT-related events and activities on and off campus. Members work with faculty teaching ICT courses to ensure the curriculum is current, relevant, interesting, comprehensive, and marketed sufficiently to attract the best students.
20. Photography and Visual Imagery Club. Members of this club are interested in developing and demonstrating their skills, knowledge, and passion. They foster appreciation and technique development, sponsor exhibitions and competitions, get involved in all kinds of campus and community affairs where imagery is obtainable and showable.
21. Adventure Club. Here, what matters most is getting as many people out and about together as possible. Doing interesting and different things—cycling, hiking, exploring, swimming and snorkeling, rollerblading, skydiving, desert safari; anything really, and not necessarily physically extreme, but always fun and exciting. Club members organise, publicise, coordinate with providers and other clubs and schools, and, especially, promote adventure by example.
22. Dance Club. Members of the club promote dance in all forms possible, from traditional and classical to hip hop. They plan, organise, and host competitions, exhibitions, seminars and training, bring in special guests performers and teachers. Members of the club work closely with other committees, such as Sports and Recreation and Social and Cultural Committee to ensure best participation and publicity.
23. Campus Life News (name needed). This student organisation organises and maintains one or more channels for showcasing campus life and student engagement activities, and might include student achievements and creative endeavours (writing, photography, drama, music performance). Appropriate mode might be a newsletter and / or suitable social media platforms.
24. Charity Committee. It is the responsibility of the Charity Committee to, firstly, identify one or more charities (or possibly charitable endeavours / target groups, if unserved) with which IMT Dubai wants to be affiliated (based on suitable criteria needing to be articulated); and, secondly, to foster a partnership arrangement with the selected charity or charities. Once established, the Committee will develop an on-going series of events and activities through which IMT Dubai can show its commitment and altruistic spirit. This could range from fund drives and fairs (or other activities) from which all profits go to the charity or charities through to creative and novels ways of interacting with the organisations (reading to the elderly, playing with sick children, food drives for the hungry). (This could also be Community Service Committee, depending on students’ interests and motives.
25.Sustainability Development Committee (SDC). The Sustainability Development Committee is an amalgamation of four previous separate committees: Sustainability and Environment Committee; CSR and Citizenship Committee; Charity Committee; and the UN Global Compact Coordinating Committee. In general, this committee promotes sustainability and awareness of the importance of the environment and social protection on campus and in the larger community. It develops opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to get involved in regional events and with related organisations. Its main focus is to assist IMT Dubai to fulfil its commitments with respect to the UN Global Compact and PRiME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), and reporting on the same. The SDC also promotes awareness of and commitment to principles, values, and goals of Corporate Social Responsibility and Citizenship—what it means to be a good citizen locally and globally, individually and corporately. It is about ethics and doing the right thing. It is about giving back and working to create and sustain healthy and vibrant workplaces and communities. The SDC, for example, is largely involved in Green Team Schools Program, IMT’s solar power initiative, and supporting and coordinating activities associated with IMT’s designated charity, the SOWO Foundation in Kenya.
There could be other committees, clubs and teams, and student organisations, as per student interest (drama; local immersion; gaming; motorheads; cricket; tennis; swimming, and so on) and depending on one or more individuals stepping-up to take an active leadership role. Examples of student organisations include Student Government and Golden Key Honour Society