Mr. Craig Fernandes (Co-Founder and CEO), Mr. Ian Fernandes (COO and Co-Founder) and Mr. Mustafa Zubair Ahmed (Chief of Design & Technology, Director of Student Outreach and Co-Owner) from Lock&Stock addressed IMT Students on Entrepreneurship in UAE.
As an MBA student, I am always fascinated by how interconnected our world is and how businesses play a major role in bringing humanity together. During my MBA programme at the Institute of Management Technology, Dubai, I was elated to get the opportunity to spend the final fall semester at Neoma Business School in France.
Neoma is a triple-accredited business school formed in 2013 by the merger of Rouen Business School and Reims Management School in the cities of Rouen and Reims respectively, with a campus in Paris as well. The Reims campus — where I studied — is nestled between lush green parks and rivulets, and walking to college every morning was a delight.
Neoma’s international office had organised an orientation week with presentations and outdoor team activities that had us explore Reims city centre. This helped us meet and bond candidly with both local and international students from diverse nationalities. There were also many Indian students on exchange programmes from top B-schools in India. Together, we bid goodbye to homesickness and even organised a fun Diwali party at an Indian restaurant.
The courses focussed on marketing and strategy; it was particularly enriching to have viewpoints on global business from a culturally diverse peer group. The courses were offered in English by faculty that comprised professionals from around the world, with rich experience and proven ability in their fields. They made classes enticing through meaningful discussions and debates on real- life cases built on theoretical concepts. It was essential to prepare well before each class started. In the brand management and marketing communications courses, our group work was a real-time consulting project to build a brand and communication strategy for a local entrepreneurial venture. In the end, we presented our results to the owner.
The icing on the cake was the opportunity to travel and spend five months in the scenic splendour of Europe. I backpacked across 10 countries, learning about cultures and traditions. Reims is home to the iconic Notre-Dame cathedral. The city is a part of the Champagne-Ardenne region, where champagne originates, and is surrounded by vineyards and a complex underground maze of chalk cellars, caves, and tunnels. Its central location — just 40 minutes from Paris — coupled with Europe’s excellent public transportation system meant that almost every weekend was spent travelling. Besides marvelling at the majestic Eiffel Tower and cruising through Germany, I spent a fairytale Christmas in a cottage surrounded by the Julian Alps in Slovenia — the experience of a lifetime.
Mr. Krishnan Subramaniam, Head of Projects from Fusion Specialized Shipping and Logistics LLC, Dubai is addressing the new students on Shipping Industry in Dubai as a part of the orientation program.
Mr. Debashish Deb, Executive Director from Treadstone Consulting, Dubai addressing the new Masters and Bachelors students as a part of the orientation program
Yadavindra Public School (YPS) has joined hands with the IMT Dubai Business School for providing better opportunities to students in future. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by both institutes in this regard. “An exchange programme with foreign schools is a tradition of our school for the past many years. We have achieved a new benchmark in the field of education. Every year, 10 students from our school interested in pursuing their career in BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) will be given an opportunity to take admission in the IMT, Dubai.
Today, on the occasion of 72nd Independence day of India, the DCP students organized “Jashn-e-Azadi”, a cultural program which showcased the immense talent of the students through Drama, Musical and Dance Performances, Short Film, etc.
Dr. Rajnandan Patnaik was invited as the chief guest and he enlightened us by explaining us the stark contrast between India of past and India of today.
Along with the student performances, our esteemed faculty delivered inspiring speeches about the Indian struggle for Independence, how far we have come over the years, what we have gained and lost.
At this event, we also remembered and acknowledged the contribution of our freedom fighters who lost their lives so that we can breathe the fresh air of Free India.
The event also had a fun interactive game where the students recited famous Hindi movie dialogues.
IMT Dubai officially kicked-off the first season of “IMTea Talks” on August 8th by hosting our esteemed guest Mr. Abhik Gupta, Managing Director- Nielsen, West Africa, and Maghreb Cluster. Mr. Gupta had an interactive session with the DCP students about Marketing in Emerging Markets and gave insights from market research studies as well as his rich personal experience in the industry.
Visit of IMT – Dubai’s International Academic Advisory Board with Dr. Francois Therin (Director), Dr. Rajnandan Patnaik (Dean) and members of the faculty. Prof. Tony Travaglione – Pro Vice Chancellor of Faculty of Business and Law at University of Newcastle, Australia Prof. Kostas Axarloglou – Dean of ALBA Graduate Business School, Greece. Prof. Steve Harvey – Dean of Olayan School of Business at American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Prof. Dominique Jolly – Chair of Walker School of Business at Webster University Geneva, Switzerland.Prof. Jean-Paul Leonardi – Founder and former Director of Grenoble Ecole de Management, France