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Executive MBA - Field Trip Presentation
Monday, 09 November 2009 00:00

fieldtrip_1The results and proposals of the first Field Trip projects of the International Hellenic University were presented at an event organised at the university on Friday 30 October 2009. The Field Trip constitutes a model learning tool used as part of the training programme for the Executive MBA.

The event opened with an address by the University Chairman Costas Grammenos, Professor of Shipping, Trade and Finance at the Cass Business School of City University, London. The IHU MBA students worked with seven non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Greece, Albania and Bulgaria. The Dean of the School, Professor Levis, outlined that the purpose of the Field Trip is threefold: a) Students appreciate the complexities involved in managing organisations like NGOs with a wide and diverse group of stakeholders, b) students apply management principles taught in MBA programmes to NGOs, and c) the International Hellenic University is able to make a small but tangible contribution to the societies we live in.

fieldtrip_2The participating NGOs  were: Arcturos (wildlife conservation) represented by Ms Eleni Lambou and Ms Maria Tsitinidou, Callisto (wildlife conservation and environmental protection) represented by Mr Lazaros Poulos, Mr Fotis Anastasiadis and Ms Liana Bouskaki, Doctors without Borders (humanitarian medical aid) represented by Mr Apostolos Veïzis, Eden of Albania (wildlife conservation and environmental protection) represented by Ms Ermelinda Mahmutaj, Hellenic Rescue Team (search and rescue in cases of catastrophes such as earthquakes, fires, etc.) represented by Ms Chrysa Kambourlazou, Sotir (paraplegic and special needs care) represented by Ms Ioanna Papaemmanuel, and WWF Bulgaria (wildlife conservation).

Representatives of each of the student research groups of the International Hellenic University presented the results of their work. Some of the most interesting are related to:

  • The evaluation of citizen’s attitudes and willingness to support and contribute financially to the operation of NGOs
  • The encouragement of volunteerism, the promotion of their activities through the creation of marketing plans
  • More effective financial management
  • The need for certification of environmentally friendly activities
  • Increase awareness of the need for waste recycling
  • The re-design and creation of new accommodation for operations and for an “Environmental Museum”.

fieldtrip_3Lively discussion followed between the representatives of the non-governmental organisations, the students and members of the academic staff of the University, under the coordination of the staff member George Balabanis, Professor of Marketing.

The results of the MBA students’ work were greatly appreciated by the representatives of the NGOs, who expressed their interest in continuing cooperation with the University in the future.




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