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Full-Time MBA Rollercoaster

Full-Time MBA Rollercoaster

A quick read through the final months of the 2017 Full Time MBA Student life.


March Madness is an accurate description of our month. Our class was split up into different Strategic Innovation boot camps based on our interests and preferences. With three weeks of advanced cases and lectures, each group was able to deep dive into sectors that are changing rapidly – Fintech, HealthTech, Strategy Consulting, (Renewable) Energy, and FMCG. Our classmate, Hartmut Leidreiter shared his lessons learnt from the renewable energy boot camp, that got highlighted on The Economist website.

April brought us all together again for a mix of courses: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Negotiation to Create Value, Change Management and CSR. These were the courses many of us were excited about to dive into, as part of our MBA education.

May and June had our group split in different directions again, as it was time for us to embark on our In-Company Project. This was a key element of our MBA programme that gave us the opportunity to do a two-month internship in a company either in Belgium and abroad. Our group had a great mix of projects in strategy, finance, operations, supply chain, IT and marketing at some great companies such as McKinsey, Mastercard, AbInbev, UCB and Ergo. Our classmates travelled on and off the European continent for the projects – as far as South Africa, Mexico and Colombia, with some sticking closer to home in the EU – Belgium, Italy, the UK and Germany. Overall, this was perhaps the favorite component for many of us, as it gave us the chance to try a new industry or new business role that we were interested in.

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Once the In Company Projects were over, we had a week-long break before heading to the US for a 3-week trip to Boston and San Francisco. The trip to Boston was for a one-week program in Entrepreneurship at Babson College, which has the distinction of being #1 College for Entrepreneurship in the world. After an intensive week of lectures and group work, we had the weekend to explore Boston before heading out to San Francisco.San Francisco was a mix of lectures and company visits, to some of the most exciting companies in the Bay Area – Google, HP, Johnson & Johnson JLABS, Adobe and NASAAmes Research Center but also some start-up unicorns such as DocuSign, Splunk and Atlassian.

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Of course…we also found some time for fun with a weekend in the city and a class trip to Napa!

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After an exhilarating 3-week trip, we are now back in Brussels with two courses left for the rest of the academic year: Corporate Strategy & the IMEX Game. We are all coming to terms with the reality that this programme is almost over and we will all go our separate ways very soon! It’s now the beginning of the end – 2.5 weeks left of this incredible journey together!

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