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HR Continuum 2016 At Shailesh J. Mehta School Of Management, IIT Bombay

Continuum, the rolling seminar series, is the flagship event of the annual industry interaction sessions at Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay. The Continuums are held across the various domains of management like Consulting, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Operations and Systems. This event aims to cover the latest trends in management by inviting eminent speakers from the industry and academia. Every seminar focuses on the issues and challenges faced by a management function, and aims at drawing insights from the knowledge and experience of the speaker.

Human Resources Continuum was the first continuum of the year with a theme reflecting the current trends and challenges faced by the HR managers. The Human Resources Continuum 2016 saw a series of lectures centered on the theme: “Enabling Evolution of HR practices with the changing corporate scenario in India” and the following subtopics like “HR trends in the fast emerging start-up culture”, “HR challenges in manufacturing sector” with initiatives like ‘Make in India’, “How is the introduction of Big Data changing the HRM scenario?”, “Building talent pools to transform organizations with human resources as the business driver”. The speakers for the event were:

1) Mr. Vineet Kaul, Advisor, Group Human Resources Aditya Birla Group

2) Mr. Harsh Bhosale, Head HR Essar Oil Ltd.

3) Ms. Rakhee L.Malik, Head HR, A.T. Kearney Ltd, India

4) Ms. Pooja Malik, Vice President – HR Development, Anand Automotive Private Ltd.

5) Mr. Sanjay Singh, EVP and Global Head, Crompton Greaves

6) Mr. Swaminathan R, Chief People Officer, WNS Global Services

7) Mr. Raj Karunakaran, Director – Human Resources, Philips Healthcare

8)  Mr. Ajith Nair, Director – Engagement and Cultural Practices, Aon Hewitt India

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       Mr. Vineet Kaul started the continuum by stating “Change is a part of life”. Mr. Kaul explained what is productivity mindset. i.e., getting better and getting more. Also about squeezing a dried towel. i.e., best productivity comes out often when one is tired. He also focused on skill shortage and challenges in attracting talent.

Mr. Harsh Bhosale, Head HR Essar Oil Ltd., explained that in India the variation in fuel prices does not affect the manpower planning as we are not a producer of oil, rather we are a consumer of oil. He next described the process followed by Essar Oil to align individual and organization strategies and allocating the duties to each department and trickle down of responsibilities or cascading of responsibilities till last man.

Ms. Rakhee L. Malik, Head HR, A.T. Kearney Ltd, India gave various examples from her own life and that of other renowned persons to aid her in explanation on how an individual can achieve the greater heights they aspire for.

Ms. Pooja Malik, Vice President – Human Resource Development, Anand Automotive Private Ltd. commenced her talks with a brief mention of the challenges faced by the VUCA world followed by the change in global talent pool and population dynamics of India in 2020 and beyond. She pointed out that Managerial Coaching and Change Management are one of the basic needs of the hour.

Mr. Sanjay Singh, EVP and Global Head, Crompton Greaves started the session addressing the audience with his past experiences in the civil services, which included brief stints with the Railways, Customs & Excise. He then talked about his transition from public services to corporates, with Dr.Reddy’s being his first employer, followed by Tata Motors, only to end up with Crompton Greaves, where he has been for a while now.

Mr. Swaminathan R, Chief People Officer, WNS Global Services began with sharing his ideas over the evolution of the industry from front-room consulting to jobs concerning data analytics. The discussion then proceeded to the varying present-day brand progression strategies, drawing an analogy from Starbucks. He laid emphasis on the relevance of data and its varied definitions, and the extent of its usage in sense making of contemporary markets, thereby also pointing out the traditional inability of HR professionals in comprehending quantitative information.

Mr. Raj Karunakaran, Director – Human Resources, Philips Healthcare talked about how the technology has driven the digital revolution in healthcare through remote monitoring, real time analytics etc. He also talked about software industries where the requirement is agile.

Mr. Ajith Nair, Director – Engagement and Cultural Practices, Aon Hewitt India, started the discussion by explaining the reinvented role of human resource professional on the context of changing corporate scenario. He also explained how the role of HR had became boundary less. In the future, “everyone will be the HR”.

The session came to an end with the focus that “HR is no longer HR’s problem. It is everybody’s problem.”

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Nikhil Taori’s Journey To CFA Level 3 – SJMSOM, IIT Bombay

My CFA journey began in the year 2014 and I’d like to share what prompted me to embark on it.

After completing my B.Tech in Information Technology from VJTI, Mumbai in 2013, I joined Oracle Financial Services Software (OFSS). During my last year of engineering as well as while working at OFSS, I became more curious and interested towards the management side of the business and within management, Finance was the one domain which always intrigued me.

As a next step to satisfy my inquisitiveness, I decided to write CAT. During my preparations for CAT, I interacted with some of my friends/seniors, who introduced me to the CFA Certification. Given my interest in the Finance domain and my inclination towards a career in the investment profile, I felt that the CFA program was perfect for me.

Coming from a technology background, the CFA program would help familiarize me with the basics of the investment world and provide a broader knowledge of the global financial markets. Keeping all this in mind, I registered for the CFA program and was to appear for the CFA Level 1 exam in December 2014. This decision meant that, while continuing my work at OFSS, I had to simultaneously prepare for CAT and CFA Level 1. This was a challenging proposition but then, life becomes boring without challenges.

Keeping all this in mind, I registered for the CFA program and was to appear for the CFA Level 1 exam in December 2014. This decision meant that, while continuing my work at OFSS, I had to simultaneously prepare for CAT and CFA Level 1. This was a challenging proposition but then, life becomes boring without challenges.

Coming back to my CFA preparation, I started early in the month of August. I divided my time: giving 4-5 days per week to CFA preparation and the remaining days to CAT.  CFA Level 1 syllabus focuses on basic knowledge of Finance and simple analysis using investment tools. All the topics required to be studied were new for an engineer like me.

However, I took an instant liking to them and in particular enjoyed studying FRA, Corporate Finance, Equity Investments, and Derivatives. Also coming from an engineering background, I found quantitative methods relatively easy. Talking more about my study plan, I made it a point to cover and be thorough in topics having higher weightage. The weightage across the topics are available on the CFA website and they have stayed relatively similar over the years. Thus I was thorough with FRA, Ethics, and Quantitative Methods.

Given the time constraint due to the preparation for CAT and the ongoing job, I was barely able to complete CFA syllabus and had no time to attempt any mock exam. However, it is strictly advised to all the CFA aspirants to try giving some mocks before giving the actual paper, as it really helps build your confidence.

Anyway, I wrote the exam and the experience was very good and insightful. On 29th January, 7.30 pm, I got a mail from the CFA Institute which stated that I had cleared the Level 1 Exam. It was a great moment for me and to say that I was delighted is an understatement.

But I did not want to stop at this. So, after talking to some of my friends who had given the CFA Level 2 exams and regarding preparations for the same, I decided that I would be giving the Level 2 Exam in coming June (2015). The primary reason being that the CFA Level 2 and Level 3 are held only once a year in the month of June and I didn’t want to wait another 18 months for the same. Also, I felt if I would be able to clear the exam, it would be an added plus to my profile prior to joining a management school.

I started my preparation for Level 2 fairly late in the month of April as I was occupied with the GD-PI processes of the various B-Schools prior to that. This time also, I had planned my studies almost similar to Level 1 preparation, being thorough in higher weighted topics. For Level 2, I concentrated more on Equity, Fixed Income and FRA which formed close to 50% weightage according to the CFA website. In Level 2, the syllabus is much more comprehensive in comparison to Level 1.

However, I found it very interesting since I like the core valuation concepts. Level 2 essentially emphasizes the application of investment tools and concepts with a focus on the valuation of all types of assets. This time, my preparation was much better in comparison to my Level 1 preparation and I even got some time to try a few mocks before giving the actual exam. I wrote the exam and was comparatively more confident this time.

Meanwhile, during my preparations for CFA level 2, I was elated when I received admission confirmation from one of my dream colleges SJMSOM, IIT Bombay. The college started in the month of July and the result for the CFA Level 2 exam came a few weeks after I joined SJMSOM, IIT Bombay. It was during one of the sessions that I got the email of clearing the Level 2 exam and I was filled with ecstasy. However, to some extent, I had expected this result based on how I felt after the exam.

So the second level of the hurdle passed and I decided to write the Level 3 exam in next June (2016). Coming to Level 3, this time, the study strategy had to be altered primarily because the level 3 exam has a theory section where one is expected to write theory answers unlike during the Level 1 or 2 which only contains multiple choice questions. Given the hectic syllabus of the MBA program, I was able to start preparing only 3 months prior to the exam. I did not let external things hamper my preparation and was focused on my target of clearing the exam in the first attempt itself.

The preparation material was similar to Level 1 and 2. But this time, I relied more on my hand made notes during the revision phase. Also for this level, it is an absolute must to give as many mock exams (Constructed Response Type) as possible since time management plays a very big role for Level 3. As far as the afternoon section is concerned which contains the multiple choice questions, it should not be that big of an issue.

I wrote the exam this time with confidence and on 9th August, at around 7 in the evening I got an email from the CFA Institute stating “Congratulations! We are very pleased to inform you that you passed June 2016 Level 3 CFA Exam”. Frankly, I was thrilled, to say the least. I did not feel any emotion for some time and it took some time for the news to sink in.

Completing Level 3 is a huge achievement for me but it is also true that compared to the end result, it was the journey which was more beautiful. It taught me a lot of life lessons, the most important being;

‘Don’t ever give up, nothing is impossible in life,
If someone else can, You can as well’

Finally, parting with some words which inspired me during the journey,

“Don’t have dreams; Instead, have goals”

 

 

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My Internship At Cochlear Stands Out Compared To Others – Deekshant Gahlot, SJMSOM Mumbai

 

What makes some internship experiences stand out compared to others?

1.  Awesome mentors and guides – Check

2.  Supporting corporate culture and challenging problems – Check

3.  Resources and support from organization – Check

4.  Opportunity to interact with key accounts of business – Check

5.  Opportunity to visit new places and meet new people – Check

6.  An opportunity to meet with Bret Lee (Cochlear’s global hearing ambassador) – Check

 

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Cochlear is definitely one such place to intern at. It’s a non-typical Big-Small organization. Ample resources at hand but still extremely agile. With well-established people practices in place which makes it a paradise to learn. To mention the least, the gratification you get when you see how your work leaves and impact on lives of others – you gift people with hearing, bring them together and closer (I am not talking about the night calling plans that you use to talk to your gf/bf).

Talking about the challenges – on day 1 of the internship programs, we were handed the respective program charters. Mine was an extensive one – it was four and half words long. Almost all of the project was open ended, as only the objective was defined, giving me space for creative freedom. Next three months I ended up gathering 17.1 gigabytes of data to support and implement the 4.5 words that were given to me.

This article won’t be complete without touching upon the fitbit challenges and annual team at Shillim. I think this calls for good ending, a good internship program is where you are more or less an employee and not just an intern. Whether in terms of challenging projects or the perks or the fun activities, we were at par with other employees. That is what made my internship special…

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Arnab Datta’s Study Tour Experience At University College London – SJMSOM IIT Bombay

It was 6:00 PM on 21st March. I received a mail in my Inbox with the subject “UCL Summer study tour- FINAL LIST”. My heart missed a beat – will I get selected? I had been patiently waiting for this very mail after my interview. I reluctantly opened the email and was overjoyed to see my name among the 10 people who will be attending UCL Summer School from SJMSOM. I can guarantee that all the other 9 must have been feeling the same.

UCL Summer School is a two-week long study tour wherein 10 students from SJMSOM are selected every year to visit UCL, London to gain insights regarding the management education system in a European nation, through various interactive classroom sessions, industry visits and cultural tours as well. This year there were management students from Belgium, China, Columbia, Chile and India. And for those who don’t know about UCL, we strictly recommend going through their Wikipedia page to get mesmerized.

Through the tedious process of planning the whole trip from purchasing transportation tickets and lodging arrangements to packing our stuff to visa applications, all we had in mind was the anticipation of the day when most of us would be boarding our first International Flight. The International Relations Team helped us in all the necessary documentations and ensured that the process was very smooth.

Our tour began with a small trip to Europe where we visited Prague, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Brussels and Paris before joining UCL. Our classes in UCL started on 4th July.

London is a world cultural capital and a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transport. We reached the International Hall of UCL located in Russell Square, which also happens to be a tourist attraction, on 3rd July. We did not face any problem in reaching the place as the city has a very well connected network of buses, trams, tubes and DLR. As soon as we entered our rooms, we knew very well that the next few days would probably be the best days of our lives. The facilities provided were state of the art.

As we slowly settled down to our rooms trying to get over the memories of the short Europe Trip, we were eagerly waiting for the classes to start. That day in the evening we visited the famous Trafalgar Square which was within walking distance from the International Hall. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain. We were awestruck by the beautiful architectural design and clicked a lot of pictures trying to capture the beauty in our mobile devices. Little did we know that this was going to be the beginning of the never-ending series of pictures that we would be clicking throughout our stay.

The next day started with a king size breakfast. One can only contemplate the range of available items, and all of these were complementary for us. Just as we completed the heavy breakfast and were trying to hide our burps, we found student chaperones who were waiting for us at the International Hall gate. They would be taking us to UCL School of Management. The first session was taken up by Professor Michael Manlangit, who provided an introduction to GMSS and how this intensely packed course would help us in our careers. He also talked about the UK/EU Business Environment focusing on then recent Brexit. We also received our UCL ID cards that day. We were provided complementary lunch that day. It was followed by a session on The Art of Communication Leadership conducted by Eugene Walker. Some people might recognize him as Mr. Wagner from the famous TV series Doctor Who.

In the days that followed, we had both interactive sessions as well as industry visits. The sessions covered almost each and every aspect of management with and European perspective. The classroom sessions included Marketing issues in EU, Global Issues in Accounting and Finance: A UK Perspective, Culture and Organisational Behaviour, Strategy and Innovation Management in a UK Context, European Social Responsibility: Bringing CSR into Politics and Digitization of Business: The Force of Digital Transformation in Europe. All the sessions were engaging and involved case studies, games, quizzes and impromptu presentations. The groups were a mixture of people from different countries and thus we got exposed to the various cultures. Before long, each of us knew everyone else and we became friends, which contributed to the increase in the size of gossip groups and raised the volume of chit chat. It was great to see that everyone was mingling with each other so easily and we got to learn a lot about the other four countries. I couldn’t help but notice that this was only possible because of the cleverly crafted course plan and the amount of labour that UCL Administration had put in creating the groups by making sure that everyone had a chance to interact with everyone else.

If one is not intrigued by classroom sessions, there were a whole lot of industry interaction sessions which were not only interactive but also a great opportunity to network with people from top notch companies. To make these even more interesting, each session had some business games. The sessions and visits included Insight into Banking & Finance in the UK/EU conducted by CIMA, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU I by PwC, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU II by Capco, Inside the Markets by the London Stock Exchange, a speed networking session with four promising and upcoming start-ups in London and a visit to UCL School of Management at Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf is a major business district located in Tower Hamlets, East London and is filled with skyscrapers.

On the last day, we had to make a presentation on the learnings that we had gathered over the last 9 days. We had to come up with an innovative product and create a business model for the same. We had to prepare the marketing plan, marketing budget and discuss the key financials. We also had to prove how the product would sustain in the market and how it would target a need gap in the market. After that, there was Certificate Ceremony. The Farewell party was a Boat Party over Thames River. The music, the dance, the food, the breeze all contributed to the Boat Party turning out to be the best party of our lives.

However, this was just a part of the two weeks we spent in London. Every day, right after class, we visit some place or the other in London. We visited all the iconic spots like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, British Museum, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, 221B Baker Street and The Shard among many other places. The weekends were completely consumed by London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium and London Dungeon. In between the classes and site-seeing, we found enough time to go shopping on Oxford Street. For the first time in our lives, we learnt that shopping could be addictive. All of these were complemented by the late night gup-shup, the Maggi & MTR Ready to Cook meals (all “cooked” by ourselves) and a walk down to Tesco to buy “Indian food in a box”.

The last day while I was packing, my mind went down the memory lane and all the memories of the trip came flooding to my mind. We started the trip in Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires. It was hot and the Vltava Riverside came alive with music and people who just wanted to have a good time. We visited Charles Bridge, Prague Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague Castle, Old Jewish Cemetery and many other beautiful sites. We then went to Amsterdam known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. The weather was diametrically opposite to that of Prague. Here we visited Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Vondelpark, Dam Square, Royal Palace of Amsterdam, etc. We did not miss the ‘I Amsterdam’ and took all the pictures that would do justice to our Facebook walls. The next item on the menu was a river cruise over Rhine River from the town of Rudesheim to Koblenz in Germany. The entire ride revolved around showing the people on-board some famous and historical castles. But we were taken to another world by the very experience of the cruise tour. The drizzle added to the overall feel and this turned out to be the most awesome experience of our lives. Our next stop was the city of Brussels, justly famous for its variety and flavour. We got enough time to check out Manneken-Pis, City Museum, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, The Royal Palace and also went for shopping – we had to try some Belgian chocolate and waffle. The last place we visited before going to London was Paris. Though our bus to Paris got delayed by 3 hours, how could we have missed the Eiffel Tower? The view from the top was something that transcended our expectations to an extent that we thought we were in fairyland. But the strong breeze always brought us back to our senses. As the shivering continued and hours went away in clicking selfies, we finally realised that it was time to head back to our hotel rooms and prepare for the journey to London.

 

With all our bags packed the last day in London, we slowly returned the keys to our rooms in International Hall at the reception desk. Though we were sad, the experience that we were carrying with us will be cherished throughout our lives. The only two dream that we had for the next few days was to visit the other countries of Europe and getting a job in London. We returned and immediately joined our classes in SJMSOM the very next day. This writing would be incomplete if we don’t thank UCL School of Management for smoothly conducting the session and giving us something that will be cemented in our lives forever.

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It was 6:00 PM on 21st March. I received a mail in my Inbox with the subject “UCL Summer study tour- FINAL LIST”. My heart missed a beat – will I get selected? I had been patiently waiting for this very mail after my interview. I reluctantly opened the email and was overjoyed to see my name among the 10 people who will be attending UCL Summer School from SJMSOM. I can guarantee that all the other 9 must have been feeling the same.

UCL Summer School is a two-week long study tour wherein 10 students from SJMSOM are selected every year to visit UCL, London to gain insights regarding the management education system in a European nation, through various interactive classroom sessions, industry visits and cultural tours as well. This year there were management students from Belgium, China, Columbia, Chile and India. And for those who don’t know about UCL, we strictly recommend going through their Wikipedia page to get mesmerized.

Through the tedious process of planning the whole trip from purchasing transportation tickets and lodging arrangements to packing our stuff to visa applications, all we had in mind was the anticipation of the day when most of us would be boarding our first International Flight. The International Relations Team helped us in all the necessary documentations and ensured that the process was very smooth.

Our tour began with a small trip to Europe where we visited Prague, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Brussels and Paris before joining UCL. Our classes in UCL started on 4th July.

London is a world cultural capital and a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transport. We reached the International Hall of UCL located in Russell Square, which also happens to be a tourist attraction, on 3rd July. We did not face any problem in reaching the place as the city has a very well connected network of buses, trams, tubes and DLR. As soon as we entered our rooms, we knew very well that the next few days would probably be the best days of our lives. The facilities provided were state of the art.

As we slowly settled down to our rooms trying to get over the memories of the short Europe Trip, we were eagerly waiting for the classes to start. That day in the evening we visited the famous Trafalgar Square which was within walking distance from the International Hall. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain. We were awestruck by the beautiful architectural design and clicked a lot of pictures trying to capture the beauty in our mobile devices. Little did we know that this was going to be the beginning of the never-ending series of pictures that we would be clicking throughout our stay.

The next day started with a king size breakfast. One can only contemplate the range of available items, and all of these were complementary for us. Just as we completed the heavy breakfast and were trying to hide our burps, we found student chaperones who were waiting for us at the International Hall gate. They would be taking us to UCL School of Management. The first session was taken up by Professor Michael Manlangit, who provided an introduction to GMSS and how this intensely packed course would help us in our careers. He also talked about the UK/EU Business Environment focusing on then recent Brexit. We also received our UCL ID cards that day. We were provided complementary lunch that day. It was followed by a session on The Art of Communication Leadership conducted by Eugene Walker. Some people might recognize him as Mr. Wagner from the famous TV series Doctor Who.

In the days that followed, we had both interactive sessions as well as industry visits. The sessions covered almost each and every aspect of management with and European perspective. The classroom sessions included Marketing issues in EU, Global Issues in Accounting and Finance: A UK Perspective, Culture and Organisational Behaviour, Strategy and Innovation Management in a UK Context, European Social Responsibility: Bringing CSR into Politics and Digitization of Business: The Force of Digital Transformation in Europe. All the sessions were engaging and involved case studies, games, quizzes and impromptu presentations. The groups were a mixture of people from different countries and thus we got exposed to the various cultures. Before long, each of us knew everyone else and we became friends, which contributed to the increase in the size of gossip groups and raised the volume of chit chat. It was great to see that everyone was mingling with each other so easily and we got to learn a lot about the other four countries. I couldn’t help but notice that this was only possible because of the cleverly crafted course plan and the amount of labour that UCL Administration had put in creating the groups by making sure that everyone had a chance to interact with everyone else.

If one is not intrigued by classroom sessions, there were a whole lot of industry interaction sessions which were not only interactive but also a great opportunity to network with people from top notch companies. To make these even more interesting, each session had some business games. The sessions and visits included Insight into Banking & Finance in the UK/EU conducted by CIMA, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU I by PwC, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU II by Capco, Inside the Markets by the London Stock Exchange, a speed networking session with four promising and upcoming start-ups in London and a visit to UCL School of Management at Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf is a major business district located in Tower Hamlets, East London and is filled with skyscrapers.

On the last day, we had to make a presentation on the learnings that we had gathered over the last 9 days. We had to come up with an innovative product and create a business model for the same. We had to prepare the marketing plan, marketing budget and discuss the key financials. We also had to prove how the product would sustain in the market and how it would target a need gap in the market. After that, there was Certificate Ceremony. The Farewell party was a Boat Party over Thames River. The music, the dance, the food, the breeze all contributed to the Boat Party turning out to be the best party of our lives.

However, this was just a part of the two weeks we spent in London. Every day, right after class, we visit some place or the other in London. We visited all the iconic spots like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, British Museum, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, 221B Baker Street and The Shard among many other places. The weekends were completely consumed by London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium and London Dungeon. In between the classes and site-seeing, we found enough time to go shopping on Oxford Street. For the first time in our lives, we learnt that shopping could be addictive. All of these were complemented by the late night gup-shup, the Maggi & MTR Ready to Cook meals (all “cooked” by ourselves) and a walk down to Tesco to buy “Indian food in a box”.

The last day while I was packing, my mind went down the memory lane and all the memories of the trip came flooding to my mind. We started the trip in Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires. It was hot and the Vltava Riverside came alive with music and people who just wanted to have a good time. We visited Charles Bridge, Prague Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague Castle, Old Jewish Cemetery and many other beautiful sites. We then went to Amsterdam known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. The weather was diametrically opposite to that of Prague. Here we visited Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Vondelpark, Dam Square, Royal Palace of Amsterdam, etc. We did not miss the ‘I Amsterdam’ and took all the pictures that would do justice to our Facebook walls. The next item on the menu was a river cruise over Rhine River from the town of Rudesheim to Koblenz in Germany. The entire ride revolved around showing the people on-board some famous and historical castles. But we were taken to another world by the very experience of the cruise tour. The drizzle added to the overall feel and this turned out to be the most awesome experience of our lives. Our next stop was the city of Brussels, justly famous for its variety and flavour. We got enough time to check out Manneken-Pis, City Museum, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, The Royal Palace and also went for shopping – we had to try some Belgian chocolate and waffle. The last place we visited before going to London was Paris. Though our bus to Paris got delayed by 3 hours, how could we have missed the Eiffel Tower? The view from the top was something that transcended our expectations to an extent that we thought we were in fairyland. But the strong breeze always brought us back to our senses. As the shivering continued and hours went away in clicking selfies, we finally realised that it was time to head back to our hotel rooms and prepare for the journey to London.

 

With all our bags packed the last day in London, we slowly returned the keys to our rooms in International Hall at the reception desk. Though we were sad, the experience that we were carrying with us will be cherished throughout our lives. The only two dream that we had for the next few days was to visit the other countries of Europe and getting a job in London. We returned and immediately joined our classes in SJMSOM the very next day. This writing would be incomplete if we don’t thank UCL School of Management for smoothly conducting the session and giving us something that will be cemented in our lives forever.

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It was 6:00 PM on 21st March. I received a mail in my Inbox with the subject “UCL Summer study tour- FINAL LIST”. My heart missed a beat – will I get selected? I had been patiently waiting for this very mail after my interview. I reluctantly opened the email and was overjoyed to see my name among the 10 people who will be attending UCL Summer School from SJMSOM. I can guarantee that all the other 9 must have been feeling the same.

UCL Summer School is a two-week long study tour wherein 10 students from SJMSOM are selected every year to visit UCL, London to gain insights regarding the management education system in a European nation, through various interactive classroom sessions, industry visits and cultural tours as well. This year there were management students from Belgium, China, Columbia, Chile and India. And for those who don’t know about UCL, we strictly recommend going through their Wikipedia page to get mesmerized.

Through the tedious process of planning the whole trip from purchasing transportation tickets and lodging arrangements to packing our stuff to visa applications, all we had in mind was the anticipation of the day when most of us would be boarding our first International Flight. The International Relations Team helped us in all the necessary documentations and ensured that the process was very smooth.

Our tour began with a small trip to Europe where we visited Prague, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Brussels and Paris before joining UCL. Our classes in UCL started on 4th July.

London is a world cultural capital and a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transport. We reached the International Hall of UCL located in Russell Square, which also happens to be a tourist attraction, on 3rd July. We did not face any problem in reaching the place as the city has a very well connected network of buses, trams, tubes and DLR. As soon as we entered our rooms, we knew very well that the next few days would probably be the best days of our lives. The facilities provided were state of the art.

As we slowly settled down to our rooms trying to get over the memories of the short Europe Trip, we were eagerly waiting for the classes to start. That day in the evening we visited the famous Trafalgar Square which was within walking distance from the International Hall. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain. We were awestruck by the beautiful architectural design and clicked a lot of pictures trying to capture the beauty in our mobile devices. Little did we know that this was going to be the beginning of the never-ending series of pictures that we would be clicking throughout our stay.

The next day started with a king size breakfast. One can only contemplate the range of available items, and all of these were complementary for us. Just as we completed the heavy breakfast and were trying to hide our burps, we found student chaperones who were waiting for us at the International Hall gate. They would be taking us to UCL School of Management. The first session was taken up by Professor Michael Manlangit, who provided an introduction to GMSS and how this intensely packed course would help us in our careers. He also talked about the UK/EU Business Environment focusing on then recent Brexit. We also received our UCL ID cards that day. We were provided complementary lunch that day. It was followed by a session on The Art of Communication Leadership conducted by Eugene Walker. Some people might recognize him as Mr. Wagner from the famous TV series Doctor Who.

In the days that followed, we had both interactive sessions as well as industry visits. The sessions covered almost each and every aspect of management with and European perspective. The classroom sessions included Marketing issues in EU, Global Issues in Accounting and Finance: A UK Perspective, Culture and Organisational Behaviour, Strategy and Innovation Management in a UK Context, European Social Responsibility: Bringing CSR into Politics and Digitization of Business: The Force of Digital Transformation in Europe. All the sessions were engaging and involved case studies, games, quizzes and impromptu presentations. The groups were a mixture of people from different countries and thus we got exposed to the various cultures. Before long, each of us knew everyone else and we became friends, which contributed to the increase in the size of gossip groups and raised the volume of chit chat. It was great to see that everyone was mingling with each other so easily and we got to learn a lot about the other four countries. I couldn’t help but notice that this was only possible because of the cleverly crafted course plan and the amount of labour that UCL Administration had put in creating the groups by making sure that everyone had a chance to interact with everyone else.

If one is not intrigued by classroom sessions, there were a whole lot of industry interaction sessions which were not only interactive but also a great opportunity to network with people from top notch companies. To make these even more interesting, each session had some business games. The sessions and visits included Insight into Banking & Finance in the UK/EU conducted by CIMA, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU I by PwC, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU II by Capco, Inside the Markets by the London Stock Exchange, a speed networking session with four promising and upcoming start-ups in London and a visit to UCL School of Management at Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf is a major business district located in Tower Hamlets, East London and is filled with skyscrapers.

On the last day, we had to make a presentation on the learnings that we had gathered over the last 9 days. We had to come up with an innovative product and create a business model for the same. We had to prepare the marketing plan, marketing budget and discuss the key financials. We also had to prove how the product would sustain in the market and how it would target a need gap in the market. After that, there was Certificate Ceremony. The Farewell party was a Boat Party over Thames River. The music, the dance, the food, the breeze all contributed to the Boat Party turning out to be the best party of our lives.

However, this was just a part of the two weeks we spent in London. Every day, right after class, we visit some place or the other in London. We visited all the iconic spots like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, British Museum, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, 221B Baker Street and The Shard among many other places. The weekends were completely consumed by London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium and London Dungeon. In between the classes and site-seeing, we found enough time to go shopping on Oxford Street. For the first time in our lives, we learnt that shopping could be addictive. All of these were complemented by the late night gup-shup, the Maggi & MTR Ready to Cook meals (all “cooked” by ourselves) and a walk down to Tesco to buy “Indian food in a box”.

The last day while I was packing, my mind went down the memory lane and all the memories of the trip came flooding to my mind. We started the trip in Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires. It was hot and the Vltava Riverside came alive with music and people who just wanted to have a good time. We visited Charles Bridge, Prague Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague Castle, Old Jewish Cemetery and many other beautiful sites. We then went to Amsterdam known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. The weather was diametrically opposite to that of Prague. Here we visited Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Vondelpark, Dam Square, Royal Palace of Amsterdam, etc. We did not miss the ‘I Amsterdam’ and took all the pictures that would do justice to our Facebook walls. The next item on the menu was a river cruise over Rhine River from the town of Rudesheim to Koblenz in Germany. The entire ride revolved around showing the people on-board some famous and historical castles. But we were taken to another world by the very experience of the cruise tour. The drizzle added to the overall feel and this turned out to be the most awesome experience of our lives. Our next stop was the city of Brussels, justly famous for its variety and flavour. We got enough time to check out Manneken-Pis, City Museum, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, The Royal Palace and also went for shopping – we had to try some Belgian chocolate and waffle. The last place we visited before going to London was Paris. Though our bus to Paris got delayed by 3 hours, how could we have missed the Eiffel Tower? The view from the top was something that transcended our expectations to an extent that we thought we were in fairyland. But the strong breeze always brought us back to our senses. As the shivering continued and hours went away in clicking selfies, we finally realised that it was time to head back to our hotel rooms and prepare for the journey to London.

 

With all our bags packed the last day in London, we slowly returned the keys to our rooms in International Hall at the reception desk. Though we were sad, the experience that we were carrying with us will be cherished throughout our lives. The only two dream that we had for the next few days was to visit the other countries of Europe and getting a job in London. We returned and immediately joined our classes in SJMSOM the very next day. This writing would be incomplete if we don’t thank UCL School of Management for smoothly conducting the session and giving us something that will be cemented in our lives forever.

———–

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Arnab Dutta is a second year student at SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

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It was 6:00 PM on 21st March. I received a mail in my Inbox with the subject “UCL Summer study tour- FINAL LIST”. My heart missed a beat – will I get selected? I had been patiently waiting for this very mail after my interview. I reluctantly opened the email and was overjoyed to see my name among the 10 people who will be attending UCL Summer School from SJMSOM. I can guarantee that all the other 9 must have been feeling the same.

UCL Summer School is a two-week long study tour wherein 10 students from SJMSOM are selected every year to visit UCL, London to gain insights regarding the management education system in a European nation, through various interactive classroom sessions, industry visits and cultural tours as well. This year there were management students from Belgium, China, Columbia, Chile and India. And for those who don’t know about UCL, we strictly recommend going through their Wikipedia page to get mesmerized.

Through the tedious process of planning the whole trip from purchasing transportation tickets and lodging arrangements to packing our stuff to visa applications, all we had in mind was the anticipation of the day when most of us would be boarding our first International Flight. The International Relations Team helped us in all the necessary documentations and ensured that the process was very smooth.

Our tour began with a small trip to Europe where we visited Prague, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Brussels and Paris before joining UCL. Our classes in UCL started on 4th July.

London is a world cultural capital and a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transport. We reached the International Hall of UCL located in Russell Square, which also happens to be a tourist attraction, on 3rd July. We did not face any problem in reaching the place as the city has a very well connected network of buses, trams, tubes and DLR. As soon as we entered our rooms, we knew very well that the next few days would probably be the best days of our lives. The facilities provided were state of the art.

As we slowly settled down to our rooms trying to get over the memories of the short Europe Trip, we were eagerly waiting for the classes to start. That day in the evening we visited the famous Trafalgar Square which was within walking distance from the International Hall. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain. We were awestruck by the beautiful architectural design and clicked a lot of pictures trying to capture the beauty in our mobile devices. Little did we know that this was going to be the beginning of the never-ending series of pictures that we would be clicking throughout our stay.

The next day started with a king size breakfast. One can only contemplate the range of available items, and all of these were complementary for us. Just as we completed the heavy breakfast and were trying to hide our burps, we found student chaperones who were waiting for us at the International Hall gate. They would be taking us to UCL School of Management. The first session was taken up by Professor Michael Manlangit, who provided an introduction to GMSS and how this intensely packed course would help us in our careers. He also talked about the UK/EU Business Environment focusing on then recent Brexit. We also received our UCL ID cards that day. We were provided complementary lunch that day. It was followed by a session on The Art of Communication Leadership conducted by Eugene Walker. Some people might recognize him as Mr. Wagner from the famous TV series Doctor Who.

In the days that followed, we had both interactive sessions as well as industry visits. The sessions covered almost each and every aspect of management with and European perspective. The classroom sessions included Marketing issues in EU, Global Issues in Accounting and Finance: A UK Perspective, Culture and Organisational Behaviour, Strategy and Innovation Management in a UK Context, European Social Responsibility: Bringing CSR into Politics and Digitization of Business: The Force of Digital Transformation in Europe. All the sessions were engaging and involved case studies, games, quizzes and impromptu presentations. The groups were a mixture of people from different countries and thus we got exposed to the various cultures. Before long, each of us knew everyone else and we became friends, which contributed to the increase in the size of gossip groups and raised the volume of chit chat. It was great to see that everyone was mingling with each other so easily and we got to learn a lot about the other four countries. I couldn’t help but notice that this was only possible because of the cleverly crafted course plan and the amount of labour that UCL Administration had put in creating the groups by making sure that everyone had a chance to interact with everyone else.

If one is not intrigued by classroom sessions, there were a whole lot of industry interaction sessions which were not only interactive but also a great opportunity to network with people from top notch companies. To make these even more interesting, each session had some business games. The sessions and visits included Insight into Banking & Finance in the UK/EU conducted by CIMA, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU I by PwC, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU II by Capco, Inside the Markets by the London Stock Exchange, a speed networking session with four promising and upcoming start-ups in London and a visit to UCL School of Management at Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf is a major business district located in Tower Hamlets, East London and is filled with skyscrapers.

On the last day, we had to make a presentation on the learnings that we had gathered over the last 9 days. We had to come up with an innovative product and create a business model for the same. We had to prepare the marketing plan, marketing budget and discuss the key financials. We also had to prove how the product would sustain in the market and how it would target a need gap in the market. After that, there was Certificate Ceremony. The Farewell party was a Boat Party over Thames River. The music, the dance, the food, the breeze all contributed to the Boat Party turning out to be the best party of our lives.

However, this was just a part of the two weeks we spent in London. Every day, right after class, we visit some place or the other in London. We visited all the iconic spots like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, British Museum, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, 221B Baker Street and The Shard among many other places. The weekends were completely consumed by London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium and London Dungeon. In between the classes and site-seeing, we found enough time to go shopping on Oxford Street. For the first time in our lives, we learnt that shopping could be addictive. All of these were complemented by the late night gup-shup, the Maggi & MTR Ready to Cook meals (all “cooked” by ourselves) and a walk down to Tesco to buy “Indian food in a box”.

The last day while I was packing, my mind went down the memory lane and all the memories of the trip came flooding to my mind. We started the trip in Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires. It was hot and the Vltava Riverside came alive with music and people who just wanted to have a good time. We visited Charles Bridge, Prague Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague Castle, Old Jewish Cemetery and many other beautiful sites. We then went to Amsterdam known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. The weather was diametrically opposite to that of Prague. Here we visited Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Vondelpark, Dam Square, Royal Palace of Amsterdam, etc. We did not miss the ‘I Amsterdam’ and took all the pictures that would do justice to our Facebook walls. The next item on the menu was a river cruise over Rhine River from the town of Rudesheim to Koblenz in Germany. The entire ride revolved around showing the people on-board some famous and historical castles. But we were taken to another world by the very experience of the cruise tour. The drizzle added to the overall feel and this turned out to be the most awesome experience of our lives. Our next stop was the city of Brussels, justly famous for its variety and flavour. We got enough time to check out Manneken-Pis, City Museum, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, The Royal Palace and also went for shopping – we had to try some Belgian chocolate and waffle. The last place we visited before going to London was Paris. Though our bus to Paris got delayed by 3 hours, how could we have missed the Eiffel Tower? The view from the top was something that transcended our expectations to an extent that we thought we were in fairyland. But the strong breeze always brought us back to our senses. As the shivering continued and hours went away in clicking selfies, we finally realised that it was time to head back to our hotel rooms and prepare for the journey to London.

 

With all our bags packed the last day in London, we slowly returned the keys to our rooms in International Hall at the reception desk. Though we were sad, the experience that we were carrying with us will be cherished throughout our lives. The only two dream that we had for the next few days was to visit the other countries of Europe and getting a job in London. We returned and immediately joined our classes in SJMSOM the very next day. This writing would be incomplete if we don’t thank UCL School of Management for smoothly conducting the session and giving us something that will be cemented in our lives forever.

———–

About the Author:

Arnab Dutta is a second year student at SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

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Public Relations Team, SJMSoM-IIT Bombay

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It was 6:00 PM on 21st March. I received a mail in my Inbox with the subject “UCL Summer study tour- FINAL LIST”. My heart missed a beat – will I get selected? I had been patiently waiting for this very mail after my interview. I reluctantly opened the email and was overjoyed to see my name among the 10 people who will be attending UCL Summer School from SJMSOM. I can guarantee that all the other 9 must have been feeling the same.

UCL Summer School is a two-week long study tour wherein 10 students from SJMSOM are selected every year to visit UCL, London to gain insights regarding the management education system in a European nation, through various interactive classroom sessions, industry visits and cultural tours as well. This year there were management students from Belgium, China, Columbia, Chile and India. And for those who don’t know about UCL, we strictly recommend going through their Wikipedia page to get mesmerized.

Through the tedious process of planning the whole trip from purchasing transportation tickets and lodging arrangements to packing our stuff to visa applications, all we had in mind was the anticipation of the day when most of us would be boarding our first International Flight. The International Relations Team helped us in all the necessary documentations and ensured that the process was very smooth.

Our tour began with a small trip to Europe where we visited Prague, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Brussels and Paris before joining UCL. Our classes in UCL started on 4th July.

London is a world cultural capital and a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transport. We reached the International Hall of UCL located in Russell Square, which also happens to be a tourist attraction, on 3rd July. We did not face any problem in reaching the place as the city has a very well connected network of buses, trams, tubes and DLR. As soon as we entered our rooms, we knew very well that the next few days would probably be the best days of our lives. The facilities provided were state of the art.

As we slowly settled down to our rooms trying to get over the memories of the short Europe Trip, we were eagerly waiting for the classes to start. That day in the evening we visited the famous Trafalgar Square which was within walking distance from the International Hall. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain. We were awestruck by the beautiful architectural design and clicked a lot of pictures trying to capture the beauty in our mobile devices. Little did we know that this was going to be the beginning of the never-ending series of pictures that we would be clicking throughout our stay.

The next day started with a king size breakfast. One can only contemplate the range of available items, and all of these were complementary for us. Just as we completed the heavy breakfast and were trying to hide our burps, we found student chaperones who were waiting for us at the International Hall gate. They would be taking us to UCL School of Management. The first session was taken up by Professor Michael Manlangit, who provided an introduction to GMSS and how this intensely packed course would help us in our careers. He also talked about the UK/EU Business Environment focusing on then recent Brexit. We also received our UCL ID cards that day. We were provided complementary lunch that day. It was followed by a session on The Art of Communication Leadership conducted by Eugene Walker. Some people might recognize him as Mr. Wagner from the famous TV series Doctor Who.

In the days that followed, we had both interactive sessions as well as industry visits. The sessions covered almost each and every aspect of management with and European perspective. The classroom sessions included Marketing issues in EU, Global Issues in Accounting and Finance: A UK Perspective, Culture and Organisational Behaviour, Strategy and Innovation Management in a UK Context, European Social Responsibility: Bringing CSR into Politics and Digitization of Business: The Force of Digital Transformation in Europe. All the sessions were engaging and involved case studies, games, quizzes and impromptu presentations. The groups were a mixture of people from different countries and thus we got exposed to the various cultures. Before long, each of us knew everyone else and we became friends, which contributed to the increase in the size of gossip groups and raised the volume of chit chat. It was great to see that everyone was mingling with each other so easily and we got to learn a lot about the other four countries. I couldn’t help but notice that this was only possible because of the cleverly crafted course plan and the amount of labour that UCL Administration had put in creating the groups by making sure that everyone had a chance to interact with everyone else.

If one is not intrigued by classroom sessions, there were a whole lot of industry interaction sessions which were not only interactive but also a great opportunity to network with people from top notch companies. To make these even more interesting, each session had some business games. The sessions and visits included Insight into Banking & Finance in the UK/EU conducted by CIMA, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU I by PwC, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU II by Capco, Inside the Markets by the London Stock Exchange, a speed networking session with four promising and upcoming start-ups in London and a visit to UCL School of Management at Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf is a major business district located in Tower Hamlets, East London and is filled with skyscrapers.

On the last day, we had to make a presentation on the learnings that we had gathered over the last 9 days. We had to come up with an innovative product and create a business model for the same. We had to prepare the marketing plan, marketing budget and discuss the key financials. We also had to prove how the product would sustain in the market and how it would target a need gap in the market. After that, there was Certificate Ceremony. The Farewell party was a Boat Party over Thames River. The music, the dance, the food, the breeze all contributed to the Boat Party turning out to be the best party of our lives.

However, this was just a part of the two weeks we spent in London. Every day, right after class, we visit some place or the other in London. We visited all the iconic spots like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, British Museum, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, 221B Baker Street and The Shard among many other places. The weekends were completely consumed by London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium and London Dungeon. In between the classes and site-seeing, we found enough time to go shopping on Oxford Street. For the first time in our lives, we learnt that shopping could be addictive. All of these were complemented by the late night gup-shup, the Maggi & MTR Ready to Cook meals (all “cooked” by ourselves) and a walk down to Tesco to buy “Indian food in a box”.

The last day while I was packing, my mind went down the memory lane and all the memories of the trip came flooding to my mind. We started the trip in Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires. It was hot and the Vltava Riverside came alive with music and people who just wanted to have a good time. We visited Charles Bridge, Prague Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague Castle, Old Jewish Cemetery and many other beautiful sites. We then went to Amsterdam known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. The weather was diametrically opposite to that of Prague. Here we visited Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Vondelpark, Dam Square, Royal Palace of Amsterdam, etc. We did not miss the ‘I Amsterdam’ and took all the pictures that would do justice to our Facebook walls. The next item on the menu was a river cruise over Rhine River from the town of Rudesheim to Koblenz in Germany. The entire ride revolved around showing the people on-board some famous and historical castles. But we were taken to another world by the very experience of the cruise tour. The drizzle added to the overall feel and this turned out to be the most awesome experience of our lives. Our next stop was the city of Brussels, justly famous for its variety and flavour. We got enough time to check out Manneken-Pis, City Museum, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, The Royal Palace and also went for shopping – we had to try some Belgian chocolate and waffle. The last place we visited before going to London was Paris. Though our bus to Paris got delayed by 3 hours, how could we have missed the Eiffel Tower? The view from the top was something that transcended our expectations to an extent that we thought we were in fairyland. But the strong breeze always brought us back to our senses. As the shivering continued and hours went away in clicking selfies, we finally realised that it was time to head back to our hotel rooms and prepare for the journey to London.

 

With all our bags packed the last day in London, we slowly returned the keys to our rooms in International Hall at the reception desk. Though we were sad, the experience that we were carrying with us will be cherished throughout our lives. The only two dream that we had for the next few days was to visit the other countries of Europe and getting a job in London. We returned and immediately joined our classes in SJMSOM the very next day. This writing would be incomplete if we don’t thank UCL School of Management for smoothly conducting the session and giving us something that will be cemented in our lives forever.

———–

About the Author:

Arnab Dutta is a second year student at SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

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Public Relations Team, SJMSoM-IIT Bombay

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It was 6:00 PM on 21st March. I received a mail in my Inbox with the subject “UCL Summer study tour- FINAL LIST”. My heart missed a beat – will I get selected? I had been patiently waiting for this very mail after my interview. I reluctantly opened the email and was overjoyed to see my name among the 10 people who will be attending UCL Summer School from SJMSOM. I can guarantee that all the other 9 must have been feeling the same.

UCL Summer School is a two-week long study tour wherein 10 students from SJMSOM are selected every year to visit UCL, London to gain insights regarding the management education system in a European nation, through various interactive classroom sessions, industry visits and cultural tours as well. This year there were management students from Belgium, China, Columbia, Chile and India. And for those who don’t know about UCL, we strictly recommend going through their Wikipedia page to get mesmerized.

Through the tedious process of planning the whole trip from purchasing transportation tickets and lodging arrangements to packing our stuff to visa applications, all we had in mind was the anticipation of the day when most of us would be boarding our first International Flight. The International Relations Team helped us in all the necessary documentations and ensured that the process was very smooth.

Our tour began with a small trip to Europe where we visited Prague, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Brussels and Paris before joining UCL. Our classes in UCL started on 4th July.

London is a world cultural capital and a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transport. We reached the International Hall of UCL located in Russell Square, which also happens to be a tourist attraction, on 3rd July. We did not face any problem in reaching the place as the city has a very well connected network of buses, trams, tubes and DLR. As soon as we entered our rooms, we knew very well that the next few days would probably be the best days of our lives. The facilities provided were state of the art.

As we slowly settled down to our rooms trying to get over the memories of the short Europe Trip, we were eagerly waiting for the classes to start. That day in the evening we visited the famous Trafalgar Square which was within walking distance from the International Hall. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain. We were awestruck by the beautiful architectural design and clicked a lot of pictures trying to capture the beauty in our mobile devices. Little did we know that this was going to be the beginning of the never-ending series of pictures that we would be clicking throughout our stay.

The next day started with a king size breakfast. One can only contemplate the range of available items, and all of these were complementary for us. Just as we completed the heavy breakfast and were trying to hide our burps, we found student chaperones who were waiting for us at the International Hall gate. They would be taking us to UCL School of Management. The first session was taken up by Professor Michael Manlangit, who provided an introduction to GMSS and how this intensely packed course would help us in our careers. He also talked about the UK/EU Business Environment focusing on then recent Brexit. We also received our UCL ID cards that day. We were provided complementary lunch that day. It was followed by a session on The Art of Communication Leadership conducted by Eugene Walker. Some people might recognize him as Mr. Wagner from the famous TV series Doctor Who.

In the days that followed, we had both interactive sessions as well as industry visits. The sessions covered almost each and every aspect of management with and European perspective. The classroom sessions included Marketing issues in EU, Global Issues in Accounting and Finance: A UK Perspective, Culture and Organisational Behaviour, Strategy and Innovation Management in a UK Context, European Social Responsibility: Bringing CSR into Politics and Digitization of Business: The Force of Digital Transformation in Europe. All the sessions were engaging and involved case studies, games, quizzes and impromptu presentations. The groups were a mixture of people from different countries and thus we got exposed to the various cultures. Before long, each of us knew everyone else and we became friends, which contributed to the increase in the size of gossip groups and raised the volume of chit chat. It was great to see that everyone was mingling with each other so easily and we got to learn a lot about the other four countries. I couldn’t help but notice that this was only possible because of the cleverly crafted course plan and the amount of labour that UCL Administration had put in creating the groups by making sure that everyone had a chance to interact with everyone else.

If one is not intrigued by classroom sessions, there were a whole lot of industry interaction sessions which were not only interactive but also a great opportunity to network with people from top notch companies. To make these even more interesting, each session had some business games. The sessions and visits included Insight into Banking & Finance in the UK/EU conducted by CIMA, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU I by PwC, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU II by Capco, Inside the Markets by the London Stock Exchange, a speed networking session with four promising and upcoming start-ups in London and a visit to UCL School of Management at Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf is a major business district located in Tower Hamlets, East London and is filled with skyscrapers.

On the last day, we had to make a presentation on the learnings that we had gathered over the last 9 days. We had to come up with an innovative product and create a business model for the same. We had to prepare the marketing plan, marketing budget and discuss the key financials. We also had to prove how the product would sustain in the market and how it would target a need gap in the market. After that, there was Certificate Ceremony. The Farewell party was a Boat Party over Thames River. The music, the dance, the food, the breeze all contributed to the Boat Party turning out to be the best party of our lives.

However, this was just a part of the two weeks we spent in London. Every day, right after class, we visit some place or the other in London. We visited all the iconic spots like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, British Museum, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, 221B Baker Street and The Shard among many other places. The weekends were completely consumed by London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium and London Dungeon. In between the classes and site-seeing, we found enough time to go shopping on Oxford Street. For the first time in our lives, we learnt that shopping could be addictive. All of these were complemented by the late night gup-shup, the Maggi & MTR Ready to Cook meals (all “cooked” by ourselves) and a walk down to Tesco to buy “Indian food in a box”.

The last day while I was packing, my mind went down the memory lane and all the memories of the trip came flooding to my mind. We started the trip in Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires. It was hot and the Vltava Riverside came alive with music and people who just wanted to have a good time. We visited Charles Bridge, Prague Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague Castle, Old Jewish Cemetery and many other beautiful sites. We then went to Amsterdam known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. The weather was diametrically opposite to that of Prague. Here we visited Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Vondelpark, Dam Square, Royal Palace of Amsterdam, etc. We did not miss the ‘I Amsterdam’ and took all the pictures that would do justice to our Facebook walls. The next item on the menu was a river cruise over Rhine River from the town of Rudesheim to Koblenz in Germany. The entire ride revolved around showing the people on-board some famous and historical castles. But we were taken to another world by the very experience of the cruise tour. The drizzle added to the overall feel and this turned out to be the most awesome experience of our lives. Our next stop was the city of Brussels, justly famous for its variety and flavour. We got enough time to check out Manneken-Pis, City Museum, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, The Royal Palace and also went for shopping – we had to try some Belgian chocolate and waffle. The last place we visited before going to London was Paris. Though our bus to Paris got delayed by 3 hours, how could we have missed the Eiffel Tower? The view from the top was something that transcended our expectations to an extent that we thought we were in fairyland. But the strong breeze always brought us back to our senses. As the shivering continued and hours went away in clicking selfies, we finally realised that it was time to head back to our hotel rooms and prepare for the journey to London.

 

With all our bags packed the last day in London, we slowly returned the keys to our rooms in International Hall at the reception desk. Though we were sad, the experience that we were carrying with us will be cherished throughout our lives. The only two dream that we had for the next few days was to visit the other countries of Europe and getting a job in London. We returned and immediately joined our classes in SJMSOM the very next day. This writing would be incomplete if we don’t thank UCL School of Management for smoothly conducting the session and giving us something that will be cemented in our lives forever.

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Arnab Dutta is a second year student at SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

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It was 6:00 PM on 21st March. I received a mail in my Inbox with the subject “UCL Summer study tour- FINAL LIST”. My heart missed a beat – will I get selected? I had been patiently waiting for this very mail after my interview. I reluctantly opened the email and was overjoyed to see my name among the 10 people who will be attending UCL Summer School from SJMSOM. I can guarantee that all the other 9 must have been feeling the same.

UCL Summer School is a two-week long study tour wherein 10 students from SJMSOM are selected every year to visit UCL, London to gain insights regarding the management education system in a European nation, through various interactive classroom sessions, industry visits and cultural tours as well. This year there were management students from Belgium, China, Columbia, Chile and India. And for those who don’t know about UCL, we strictly recommend going through their Wikipedia page to get mesmerized.

Through the tedious process of planning the whole trip from purchasing transportation tickets and lodging arrangements to packing our stuff to visa applications, all we had in mind was the anticipation of the day when most of us would be boarding our first International Flight. The International Relations Team helped us in all the necessary documentations and ensured that the process was very smooth.

Our tour began with a small trip to Europe where we visited Prague, Amsterdam, Cologne, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Brussels and Paris before joining UCL. Our classes in UCL started on 4th July.

London is a world cultural capital and a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transport. We reached the International Hall of UCL located in Russell Square, which also happens to be a tourist attraction, on 3rd July. We did not face any problem in reaching the place as the city has a very well connected network of buses, trams, tubes and DLR. As soon as we entered our rooms, we knew very well that the next few days would probably be the best days of our lives. The facilities provided were state of the art.

As we slowly settled down to our rooms trying to get over the memories of the short Europe Trip, we were eagerly waiting for the classes to start. That day in the evening we visited the famous Trafalgar Square which was within walking distance from the International Hall. Its name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain that took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain. We were awestruck by the beautiful architectural design and clicked a lot of pictures trying to capture the beauty in our mobile devices. Little did we know that this was going to be the beginning of the never-ending series of pictures that we would be clicking throughout our stay.

The next day started with a king size breakfast. One can only contemplate the range of available items, and all of these were complementary for us. Just as we completed the heavy breakfast and were trying to hide our burps, we found student chaperones who were waiting for us at the International Hall gate. They would be taking us to UCL School of Management. The first session was taken up by Professor Michael Manlangit, who provided an introduction to GMSS and how this intensely packed course would help us in our careers. He also talked about the UK/EU Business Environment focusing on then recent Brexit. We also received our UCL ID cards that day. We were provided complementary lunch that day. It was followed by a session on The Art of Communication Leadership conducted by Eugene Walker. Some people might recognize him as Mr. Wagner from the famous TV series Doctor Who.

In the days that followed, we had both interactive sessions as well as industry visits. The sessions covered almost each and every aspect of management with and European perspective. The classroom sessions included Marketing issues in EU, Global Issues in Accounting and Finance: A UK Perspective, Culture and Organisational Behaviour, Strategy and Innovation Management in a UK Context, European Social Responsibility: Bringing CSR into Politics and Digitization of Business: The Force of Digital Transformation in Europe. All the sessions were engaging and involved case studies, games, quizzes and impromptu presentations. The groups were a mixture of people from different countries and thus we got exposed to the various cultures. Before long, each of us knew everyone else and we became friends, which contributed to the increase in the size of gossip groups and raised the volume of chit chat. It was great to see that everyone was mingling with each other so easily and we got to learn a lot about the other four countries. I couldn’t help but notice that this was only possible because of the cleverly crafted course plan and the amount of labour that UCL Administration had put in creating the groups by making sure that everyone had a chance to interact with everyone else.

If one is not intrigued by classroom sessions, there were a whole lot of industry interaction sessions which were not only interactive but also a great opportunity to network with people from top notch companies. To make these even more interesting, each session had some business games. The sessions and visits included Insight into Banking & Finance in the UK/EU conducted by CIMA, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU I by PwC, Insight into Management Consulting in UK/EU II by Capco, Inside the Markets by the London Stock Exchange, a speed networking session with four promising and upcoming start-ups in London and a visit to UCL School of Management at Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf is a major business district located in Tower Hamlets, East London and is filled with skyscrapers.

On the last day, we had to make a presentation on the learnings that we had gathered over the last 9 days. We had to come up with an innovative product and create a business model for the same. We had to prepare the marketing plan, marketing budget and discuss the key financials. We also had to prove how the product would sustain in the market and how it would target a need gap in the market. After that, there was Certificate Ceremony. The Farewell party was a Boat Party over Thames River. The music, the dance, the food, the breeze all contributed to the Boat Party turning out to be the best party of our lives.

However, this was just a part of the two weeks we spent in London. Every day, right after class, we visit some place or the other in London. We visited all the iconic spots like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, British Museum, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, 221B Baker Street and The Shard among many other places. The weekends were completely consumed by London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium and London Dungeon. In between the classes and site-seeing, we found enough time to go shopping on Oxford Street. For the first time in our lives, we learnt that shopping could be addictive. All of these were complemented by the late night gup-shup, the Maggi & MTR Ready to Cook meals (all “cooked” by ourselves) and a walk down to Tesco to buy “Indian food in a box”.

The last day while I was packing, my mind went down the memory lane and all the memories of the trip came flooding to my mind. We started the trip in Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires. It was hot and the Vltava Riverside came alive with music and people who just wanted to have a good time. We visited Charles Bridge, Prague Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague Castle, Old Jewish Cemetery and many other beautiful sites. We then went to Amsterdam known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. The weather was diametrically opposite to that of Prague. Here we visited Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Vondelpark, Dam Square, Royal Palace of Amsterdam, etc. We did not miss the ‘I Amsterdam’ and took all the pictures that would do justice to our Facebook walls. The next item on the menu was a river cruise over Rhine River from the town of Rudesheim to Koblenz in Germany. The entire ride revolved around showing the people on-board some famous and historical castles. But we were taken to another world by the very experience of the cruise tour. The drizzle added to the overall feel and this turned out to be the most awesome experience of our lives. Our next stop was the city of Brussels, justly famous for its variety and flavour. We got enough time to check out Manneken-Pis, City Museum, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, The Royal Palace and also went for shopping – we had to try some Belgian chocolate and waffle. The last place we visited before going to London was Paris. Though our bus to Paris got delayed by 3 hours, how could we have missed the Eiffel Tower? The view from the top was something that transcended our expectations to an extent that we thought we were in fairyland. But the strong breeze always brought us back to our senses. As the shivering continued and hours went away in clicking selfies, we finally realised that it was time to head back to our hotel rooms and prepare for the journey to London.

 

With all our bags packed the last day in London, we slowly returned the keys to our rooms in International Hall at the reception desk. Though we were sad, the experience that we were carrying with us will be cherished throughout our lives. The only two dream that we had for the next few days was to visit the other countries of Europe and getting a job in London. We returned and immediately joined our classes in SJMSOM the very next day. This writing would be incomplete if we don’t thank UCL School of Management for smoothly conducting the session and giving us something that will be cemented in our lives forever.

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Arnab Dutta is a second year student at SJMSOM, IIT Bombay.

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