As we continue to witness the interconnectedness of the world, especially during COVID-19 pandemic, any business executive’s education is incomplete without international exposure. That’s why International Immersion Program (IIP) for IIM Calcutta’s one-year MBA(MBAEx) is a uniquely designed 2-week immersion mandatory for all students.
This year we partnered with ESSEC Business School (France) and Mannheim Business school (Germany). Students were allocated business schools based on their interest and alignment with their learning objectives. Due to travel restrictions and uncertainties caused by the pandemic, the immersion program for both the schools were held in online mode.
Immersion module for ESSEC was centred around luxury business and booming start up eco system in France, also drawing parallels with expansion of Indian start-up landscape. Mannheim’s module was aimed at students learning the contemporary challenges across various business streams facing The German companies. This also included a virtual visit to European Central bank.
The module covered various facets of French and German Culture, Technological Competitive Advantage, Economy & Start-up Culture. Guest lectures from various dignitaries such as CFO of a German MSME, SVP (Salesforce), and founders of French and German start-ups gave students perspective on real life challenges faced by managers and entrepreneurs.
The Immersion program concluded with students combining their learnings from IIM Calcutta and partner schools and coming out with their insights/recommendations on many challenges of legacy organisations as well as new age companies in global context.