Nine MBA and EMBA students from the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) recently participated in the international week organized by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong from July 2 to July 7. This remarkable opportunity provided the students with invaluable insights into various aspects of business, equipping them with the necessary skills to navigate their careers in the ever-evolving global business landscape.
During the international week, the ULAB students attended specially organized sessions conducted by world-renowned professors on crucial topics such as business sustainability, the importance of data science, the future of work and workforce, and the changing dynamics of market and consumer behavior. Engaging with leading experts in these fields enabled the students to gain profound knowledge and expertise, contributing to their overall growth and development.
Furthermore, the international exchange program facilitated networking opportunities for the ULAB students, allowing them to interact with peers from different parts of the world, as well as professors and students from IIM. This exposure to diverse perspectives and cultures is expected to broaden their understanding of global issues and foster a more inclusive approach to problem-solving.
Beyond the academic aspects, the students also experienced a cultural immersion program and had the privilege of meeting regional business leaders. These interactions emphasized the significance of cultural sensitivity and emotional intelligence in building successful careers, instilling in them a renewed sense of their importance.
The program took place in Shillong, fondly known as the 'Scotland of The East,' the capital of Meghalaya. IIM Shillong is situated in a sprawling 120-acre picturesque area at Umsawli, enveloped by lush green surroundings, pine trees, and a serene lake with beautiful walking trails. The idyllic campus provided the MBA students with a conducive environment that seamlessly blended work and life, promoting a harmonious work-life balance.
Professor Imran Rahman, Vice Chancellor of ULAB, highlighted the importance of adapting higher education to stay relevant in the post-pandemic world. "A program like MBA demands both personal and professional growth, and to meet these demands, we actively seek partnerships and opportunities to learn from the best business schools worldwide," stated Professor Rahman. "Our students participating in the international week at IIM Shillong exemplify the positive changes we aim to bring into ULAB's MBA program," he further added.
It is worth noting that the participation of ULAB MBA students in the program was fully sponsored by IIM Shillong, excluding travel costs. This generous support further demonstrates the commitment of IIM Shillong to foster collaboration and create transformative educational experiences.
Participating in international exchange programs like this empowers MBA students to gain a global perspective, enhance their cross-cultural competence, and develop essential skills to excel in the contemporary business world. The invaluable experiences gained from such programs equip students with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate complex global challenges, fostering their professional growth and opening doors to exciting opportunities.