DUBAI STEP (October 27-31, 2013)

The exchange programmes emanating from IMT Ghaziabad have earned a strong reputation, the kind extremely few B-schools in the country can claim. The institute has acutely innovated to provide exchange opportunities to students with time constraints and limited resources, to the ones who remain eager to explore different economic market and societal constructs. IMT Ghaziabad recently organized an outgoing Short Term Exchange Programme (STEP) of 26 PGDM-II year students to IMT Dubai from October 27-31, 2013, comprising of a focused module encapsulating relevant information, hands-on knowledge and real-world experience in a weekly span.

Theory and experience when taken together form an intricate knowledge connect. The sessions scheduled for the students dabbled with a wide gamut of topics, ranging from Marketing and Finance to Human Resources. Students gathered an intuitive insight into some pre-familiar concepts, in conjugation with the socio-economic ramifications of the Middle East. Learning about Islamic Financing, legal aspects of doing business in Dubai and the emerging real estate sector constituted merely the tip of the iceberg. Such targeted academic interventions added cross-functional value to the larger repository of student knowledge. Courses on Brand management, Sales & Distribution and Global Management were held by subject matter experts from the industry, like Mr. Sudhir Rehgarh Nagpal (Head, Marico Middle East), Mr. Vigyan Seth (COO, Al Sayegh Brothers) and Mr. Girish Johar (Vice President & Head Human resources, Ericsson Middle East).

The company visits were organized to provide glimpses of Middle Eastern specialities. Camelicious was the first company on the cards. The next was the Harwal Group of Companies, where students witnessed heat insulators’ manufacturing and learnt about managing a Capital-intensive industrial setup. Oil and Ports are considered the economic lifeline of Dubai and comprehending the interplaying forces by visiting Kizad Port and Lamprell helped students understand the impact of policy formulations and the outcome of technological advancements.

The Dubai experience went a step further with visits to Infinity Towers, Dubai Mall, Burj-Al-Arab, Jumeirah Beach, Global Village, Creek Island, Burj-Khalifa, Palm Islands and local shopping places in and around the megacity. It was an experience worth remembering for all the students, who returned to IMT Ghaziabad on October 31, with an unforgettable saga to reveal.