ICP Week Two

The International Consulting Projects are up and running !

After just one week, teams have started their global travel to destinations such as Saudi Arabia, China, Finland, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Belgium.

They are working with multinational companies in industries that range from FMCG to Banking, Manufacturing to Consulting, Pharma to Energy, with each team of 5-6 MBAs working on a different issue.

Over the next few weeks they will be conducting industry, company and issue analyses, and presenting their findings to the top management of their respective companies.

Travel will soon include further destinations of Africa, Hong Kong, the US, Spain and more.

We wish them well and look forward to reading about their adventures and experiences shortly.

Suzy

IMD MBA “Create our Future” Challenge

The admissions team is gearing up for an exciting new admissions event in Mumbai, India.

We’ve been brainstorming with alumni, participants, faculty and leadership coaches to come up with a unique event to attract the very best in an area that is home to such a strong pool of talented professionals.

Applicants will need to complete and submit an event-specific application by May 1st and our admissions team will then pre-select those who will be invited to take part in a one-day challenge. A chance to brainstorm on how society could and should address some of its most pressing challenges. Those who make the most impact, who contribute most to the idea generation and who demonstrate leadership and potential for greatness will be shortlisted by our selection team.

The top applicant will be awarded a CHF 40,000 scholarship for the IMD MBA Program, up to four others will be offered a place in the IMD MBA class of 2019.

We’re really looking forward to being inspired by the innovative thinking of future-oriented optimists and their ideas.

The “Create our Future” Challenge will take place in Mumbai on 20th May with networking the night before. Winners will be announced on 21st.

Suzy

P.S. More details can be found on our Events page if you’re interested!

The Rollercoaster Ride

It starts with anticipation and excitement, plus a bit of dread…

The adrenalin begins to flow – a new country, bonding with classmates, minds stretching with new information and skills, Faculty and guest speakers, off-campus exercises and cases, start-up projects and integrative exercises…

And then comes the peak as realisation hits – this is it! The fast pace, the intensity, the ride is in full swing and suddenly, the swoop towards the first round of exams has arrived.

A mountain of work to revise, three months of finance and accounting, economics and strategy – evening workshops , shared notes, nerves building in anticipation.

And this is where the MBAs are now. Preparing for next week – a week of exams.

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But spring is in the air, the exams will be followed by a long weekend break, new classes will start, new Faculty be met, and spring will turn to summer…

And the roller coaster ride continues – a second round of revision and exams, company visits, the program quickly half way over as the pressure builds.

A trip around the world together, summer vacation.

Another module, career search in full swing, a digital lab, ICPs, electives.

The ride is nearing its end, adrenaline levels calm with a certain surprise that it’s over already, goodbyes approach.

But there’s one final swoop – awards and celebrations, the graduation ceremony and family reunions, the rush of success – yes, you did it ! You are an IMD MBA graduate ready for the next stage of your career with 89 lifelong friends to support you along the way.

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Good luck to the class of 2018 on the first round of exams!

Suzy

Hans the Dutchman

My name is Hans Bergers and I am an Aerospace Engineer by training. This year I am the only Dutchman in class. This means that the responsibility is on my shoulders alone to live up to the stereotypes, such as riding my bike to school every day. In the morning this makes for an easy whizz downhill to the beautiful lakeside. In the evening a bit less so. Among many other things, these little trips emphasize for me the quality of life that you can find here.

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Satoshi and new challenges

 

“The Room of Spirit and Time” is the room where warriors have unique training and refine their spirits. This room is depicted in the Japanese animation, Dragon Ball. One day in this room equals one year in the real world. It is how one Japanese alumnus described IMD to me and now I know exactly what he meant. Exactly!

Although I am surprised about how tough program is, I have also come to realize that I am very happy to work with my classmates. Life at IMD is tough, but alumni I speak to always tell me they would go back to IMD if they could. And I am already assured that my experience here will be one of the best highlights in my life. This is all about people. Surrounded by the right people in the right place. I can’t wait to see where else this adventurous journey takes me.

Before coming to IMD, I spent ten years in agricultural commodity trading in Japan and Singapore covering markets in Japan and Southeast Asian countries. As a trader, I travelled to more than ten countries including USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. I have always been happy to visit new places and meet new people.

I love team sports such as baseball and volleyball but due to current time constraints, I have started training for a marathon, bike and swimming. I would like to train and join a triathlon competition in Switzerland if time allows. (if…)

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