EBS students pushing their limits at CERN
A group of EBS Business Innovation MBA students spent a week at one of the world’s best-known research centers CERN in Switzerland where they participated in a product development programme together with students from other world´s top universities. Their goal was to work with the product ideas of real companies throughout all the processes of product development, starting from an idea to a working prototype. As one of the participating students Eglit Väli said, it was “a week of building robots and pushing yourself”.
The Rector of EBS prof. Arno Almann said that the keyword of EBS for the academic year is internationalisation. „We are proud that we started the academic year with a study programme, Bachelor of International Business Administration that has been elected among the best 100 in the world, the highest recognition a business school may acquire – EPAS accreditation. EBS qualified among the 300 top business schools for the 9th time at the Eduniversal ranking process. In addition, EBS has started collaboration with several new top universities: in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs we will introduce our model of a business idea incubator at one of the best universities of Georgia, Akaki Tsereteli State University and collaboration with one of the best universities in Asia, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with the aim to develop the Doctoral programme and scientific research“ described Almann the most essential international projects for the academic year.
One of the students who got the chance to participate in the project is Jevgeni Širai who began his studies of Business Innovation MBA last fall. He talked about his expectations for the CERN project and his studies in general: „I was happy about a chance of going to a place where very few people get a chance to go. Would be difficult to imagine many places that would suit better for that kind of workshop than CERN. This is partly because of seeing what is to be seen there, but we would also like to get the feeling of the place and its innovative environment.“
Another student, Eglit Väli, sums the week up as follows: „A week of building robots in CERN definitely exceeded my expectations. If someone would have told me a week earlier that I will be able to build a basic robot in one week, then I would've never believed them. It was a week full of pushing yourself and learning extremely interesting things about prototyping, robot building, electronics, project management and teamwork. Also it reminded me that I can do anything I set my mind to – something that is often easy to forget, as we set limits to ourselves in our heads.“
Business Innovation is a practical Master’s programme where student teams create companies based on corporate innovation or new venture projects. Developing innovative ideas into successful businesses is very tough. In this program EBS gives you tools and practical hands-on experience of taking ideas and bringing them out to the market. This creates leaders who are capable in seizing the opportunity of the new knowledge-based markets.