IILM Gurgaon campus has been buzzing with excitement with the arrival and departure of students from and to the exchange programs. We at IILM aim to provide a platform for students to develop themselves and we leave no stone unturned to provide the best to the student fraternity. The International Office at IILM works actively with its partner universities across the globe to develop opportunities that could benefit students from both the countries.
As part of the PGDM program at IILM, 1 in 4 students were selected to study a Semester abroad. The selected students from the Batch of 2014-16 arrived with great enthusiasm at EM Normandie France and Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands in January 2015. The students shared their exciting experiences that enriched their learning in their Post Graduate Program.
As unnerving as the prospect of studying in a different country was, the moment the students set foot at the airport of a different country, they realized it was the beginning of a new journey for them. Having spent over a year at IILM Gurgaon India, the students from the batch of PGDM 2014-16 could relate well to the courses taught to them and got to implement some key concepts through the assignments, assessments and group activities assigned to them. This not only encouraged students to think out of the box but also taught them the importance of working in groups with students from diverse cultures. What ensued in Hanze was a flurry of activity, with every group clamoring to attain sponsors, plan the design, promotion, pricing etc. of the products assigned to them. All the efforts paid off as on the day of the presentation each group emerged successful in making profits out of their sales and their coaches were pleased with the students’ performance making them the proud recipients of the credits assigned to this project.
Similarly, students from the Semester Exchange Program at EM Normandie, France appreciated the courses methodology and the healthy discussions that emerged as a result of each topic taught. They also were intrigued to learn about the culture of the country and its overall impact on doing business there.
“We learn(t) something new every day, not just from our teachers, but also from our classmates, hailing from all over the world, with diverse nationalities and varying cultures. This has truly been an illuminating experience for us, and we are grateful to IILM Institute for Business and Management for giving us this opportunity of a lifetime”
SamikshaGarg (PGDM Batch of 2014-16 – HanzeUniversity of Applied Sciences Groningen)
Fanshawe College, London Ontario (Canada)
The batch of 2015-17 had the opportunity to go for a 4 week Study Abroad Program. Students attended Digital Marketing Programme at Fanshawe College, London Ontario (Canada) from 25 July 2015 to 23 Aug 2015. They studied Google Digital Marketing Certification. Here, the students worked with real clients and their reports were presented to them. They were also given a chance to write Google certified exams for Google Adwords and Google Analytics. The Digital Marketing Camp at Fanshawe College was composed of website and online advertising best practices to prepare the eager students from IILM to begin a career in online media management. The students from IILM embraced their Canadian experience and were able to benefit from the practical nature of the Fanshawe College experience. Apart from the classes, there were excursions arranged for the students through which they got to visit the CN Tower (3rd tallest building in the world) in Toronto, Niagara Falls, The Great Lakes, Canada’s Wonderland and local mall visits.
Keeping in mind the global connect an international exposure through a 4 week study abroad programme was experienced by 36 students across 3 campuses to HEC Management School –University of Liege, Belgium, which is one of the oldest universities of Europe in the field of Commerce,finance, business administration, management science and Business Engineering. Identifying the changing dynamics of Global Business, during the stint the following modules were covered;
- Inter-cultural studies (Hofstede Model): Diversified culture since independence through documentaries and movies of European Union.
- Financial Markets: An overview of behavioral finance apart from the basics of financial markets
- Creativity & Innovation: Projected a Business Plan and a prototype from scratch focusing on how to persuade people to follow their passion using their skills and talent
- Human Resource Management: Comprehending the role of HR in customer centric organizations to create utmost value though a case study on a European organization called Car Glass
- Digital Marketing & Strategic Intelligence: Discussed about the change that companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon have made to the world using online strategies and media in changing the Business.
Apart from the above modules the courses embedded the judicious blend of City Excursions to Brugges and the capital city of Brussels and Industrial Visit to the Space Centre, Diamond factory and Chocolate Factory
It’s worth mentioning that the immersion was enriching and the students gained hands on familiarity on Culture, consumer behavior, retail structure and the country landscape.
International Students at Campus
Apart from the outgoing students, IILM Gurgaon hosted students from its partner universities in France, Sweden and Netherlands. Baudin Jean, Bea Martin and Gay Oceane arrived in India in the month of September 2015 from ESC Troyes. They will be studying the Stage 3 course of the University of Bradford program at IILM. Also, Maarten Velthuijs (from Hanze Groningen), Anna Gottfridsson (from Linneaus), Rafal Wisniewski (HZ University) and YahyaYahyayev (HZ University) have begun with their studies in Stage 3 of the Undergraduate Program. Further to this AugustinBachoud, RemiLegrand, Raphael Martin – Guiheneuc and Gauthier Heron from EM Normandie have joined in Stage 2 of the Undergraduate program at IILM Gurgaon. Each student has been assigned a mentor at IILM Gurgaon, who would guide them through their academics and extra-curricular activities during their exchange program here at IILM.