One Day in Students LifeMore personal view of a tipical E/MBA day: Hi, my name is Petar. I worked for different companies in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Finally, I started up my own business in Croatia, highly encouraged by knowledge and networking obtained at the COTRUGLI Executive MBA. This diary page should serve you as a reference of my overall, as well as, daily experiences during the EMBA program. Firstly, as soon as you get your course schedule, figure out how, where and when your program will take place. Before each module, read the syllabus, find out what professor recommends to read (and what is to be read additionally) and complete your preliminary task. Do this without delay so that you are not trying to adjust at the same time that real-term classes are well underway. Pay attention in finance, accounting, marketing, strategy and ALL other modules. They will be of essential use in your business plan (plus, it is what you are here for). Be active during modules, because your class participation will be evaluated too. And do not forget to figure out which party you will join after the module!
8.30 – 9.00 PRE-COURSE COFFEEMost modules are held once per month, usually from Friday till Sunday. Lectures begin with a pre-course coffee at 8.30, with 60 colleagues and friends from the whole region. Hugs and kisses, business news and private chitchats, a bunch of relaxed business people ready to invest their time in the new knowledge.
9.15 – 11.00CORE COURSEThis module (Finance) is delivered by professor Jyoti Gupta, born Indian who has worked for Indian Railways, World Bank and European Commission, now resident of France and emeritus Professor at one of the best business schools in Europe – ESCP. What an honor! I can’t wait for a coffee break to ask him for his advice on my business plan!
11.00 – 11.30 COFFEE BREAKEven in a short conversation Professor Gupta succeeded to explain the proximate cause of my problems. We will stay in touch by e-mail for all further details… Unbelievable, I just got a free world-class consultant!
11.30 – 13.00 CORE COURSECase study of foreign company – financial analysis of Diamond Chemicals, a leading producer in the chemicals industry and a part of the Intermediate Chemicals Group (ICG). Teamwork makes the difficult case study much easier.
13.00 – 14.30 LUNCH BREAKLunch with my team: 5 people with different backgrounds (HR, IT, R&D, purchasing/logistics and banking & finance), but all of us having the same goal (to solve the case study in the best possible way). After an hour we managed to identify a satisfying strategy.
14.30 – 16.00 CORE COURSEPreparing a team presentation…
16.00 – 16.30 COFFEE BREAK…still preparing a team presentation (break, what? Who needs a break?!).
16.30 – 18.00 CORE COURSETeamwork presentations. Among 12 teams, only 3 will be randomly chosen to make a final presentation. My team was chosen. A touch of nervous anticipation… It turned out that nervousness actually helped us to get revved and kept us at peak performance while we were presenting and answering all the questions. Big applause at the end. (Relief.) Consequently, after each presentation, I feel more confident to express and defend my opinion in front of the Board in my company.
18.00 – 19.00 CLOSING AND FEEDBACKLet’s go for a drink! We could invite the Professor, too…