Here comes another Vlerick FTMBA student in the press …

retirement-bag-dollarsAmong the nearly 200 participants in the BusinessBecause When I Retire competition Vlad Damian, a Vlerick FTMBA, shared his vision of his world at retirement time, how he thinks the world will have changed at that time. It starts with …

By 2060 my grandchildren will ask me to explain what an email is and how it was used.

And I let you read the full post here. The story is nicely written (the challenge said no more than 300 words) and touches on communication bio-IT, merging two promising fields: biotechnology and IT. Vlad made it to the final, great!

It reminded the Enjoy Change campaign Vlerick started at the same time as its rebranding – without gifts ;-) But more importantly I was wondering how to apply all these nice idea, from a company perspective … All these ideas are fine but is it really how to create value with IT? What would be the strategic alignment of such products? What about the required IT infrastructure? What would be the role of the CIO in such organisation, his/her role in relation with the CSO (Chief Scientific Officer Ⓡ TM)? How would this IT portfolio be presented? And even if Vlad started mentioning it already, how would IT security and potential crisis be managed? As you can see I started to revise for the Value Added Entreprise IT course ;-)

Anyway, congratulations, Vlad!

(You can also find Vlad on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
Photo credits: Retirement by 401(K) 2013 on Flickr (licence CC-by-sa)

Welcome to Daniel and Miguel in the Vlerick blogosphere!

I often ranted about the (relative) absence of Vlerick MBA students in blogs, twitter, etc. This year it seems the school did a special effort to recruit bloggers and/or that more MBA students are aware they can blog. The result is that, on top of Robert (FTMBA), Daniel (FTMBA) and Miguel (EMBA) joined the official Vlerick blog platform as well. A warm welcome to them – they  started with a bang: 3 posts already in February 2013!

130218-VlerickMBABloggers2013

Robert Tudor now in the FTMBA blogosphere

I may be a bit blinkered on this but I really think a business school should live with the tools currently available. By 2020 who knows if you could survive with just a static website. So I am always delighted to read that new people are taking the challenge of maintaining a blog when they start a MBA.

This time, let me highlight Robert Tudor’s blog at http://on-mba.robert-tudor.com/. Robert is a Romanian FTMBA student in our beloved Vlerick Business School. On his blog you’ll be able to follow his first steps in Leuven, trying to cope with the Belgian culture and way of doing things. Very few post yet on courses, their content and his feelings about professors, etc. But one about the start of the new academic year and one about the party that accompanied it. Good luck, Robert!

P.S. you can also follow Robert on Twitter, obviously!

International Business in Context

International Business in Context: a small course of one evening, straight to the point and with three frameworks. Prof. Dr. Leo Sleuwaegen indeed presented the CAGE framework, Porter’s diamond and the ADDING logic (among other things). But the most interesting observation from this evening (imho) was not really there but in the striking difference between students from the Modular and Part Time MBA programmes.

All Modular MBA students were sitting in the center and on the right. All PT MBA students were sitting on the left (not everybody was there: the Corporate Financial Management exam of this Friday is maybe responsible for this). Only a few questions and interventions came from us. The Modular MBA were more outspoken, more direct, acting more like a group, wore more suits and positively interrupted the class several times. They were also more international (coming from Germany, Russia, Georgia, Columbia, India, Portugal, …). And since the Modular MBA lasts for 18 months (instead of 24),  they received more courses than we currently received. It was a fresh breeze :-) YMMV.

Back to International Business in Context, here is a short glimpse at the course:

Welcome to full-time students in the blogosphere!

The Vlerick MBA planet just got two full-time students who bravely decided to start blogging for Vlerick: Claudia Iavorenciuc (also on Twitter) and Shreyas Premsagar. You can now find what is happening in the Vlerick full-time MBA here: http://ftmbablog.vlerick.com/. Welcome to the blogosphere!

Vlerick FTMBA Movember – The Sequel

Following the tradition of video filming at Vlerick, here is the FTMBA students’ movie about Movember! Great job!

Via @adamgarone

Male FTMBA students in Het Nieuwsblad about Movember

A few days ago, Het Nieuwsblad, a Belgian daily newspaper, highlighted the initiative taken by full-time MBA students from Vlerick growing a moustache for Movember (English translation). You probably noticed the increasing number of male students with growing moustaches in Vlerick premises; that’s why! And I think it’s excellent! You’ve also probably seen some of the PTMBA students growing a moustache. But what is Movember?

Het Nieuwsblad Movember FTMBA

During the month of November each year, Movember asks men across the world to grow a moustache with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues. This November 2011, it’s about prostate cancerProstate cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. In most cases, this cancer is slow-growing, symptom-free, and tends to develop in men over the age of fifty (more info on wikipedia).

When you look a bit further, you find that prostate cancer is in fact “only” the 7th cause of death by cancer (men and women together) and the 4th cause of death by cancer in men only (both in Europe). And, imho, that’s already a good reason why it deserves some highlight. Especially that prevention methods are rather easy (and classical): exercises and a correct diet (and there are no preventative vaccine, not yet). You have a few days left to make your moustache grow …

Number of deaths by cancer types and gender in Europe

Via @Vlerick. Photo credits: Het Nieuwsblad

%d bloggers like this: