FGV EBAPE holds closing ceremony for International Business Education Alliance
On December 5, the International Business Education Alliance (IBEA) held the closing ceremony for the second edition of its international exchange program – rated the most innovative in Brazil. In the presence of representatives of three of the network’s four partners, 28 IBEA students ended the four-semester exchange program, which began at the University of Mannheim Business School in Germany in the first half of 2018, then went on to the University of South Carolina – Darla Moore School of Business (United States), and then ESSEC Business School (Singapore campus), before ending at FGV EBAPE.
The IBEA program’s official closing ceremony took place in two parts. In the morning, the students presented the results of their field project (one of the program’s main elements) to their mentors from IBM and FGV EBAPE tutors. Under the leadership of Professor Juliana Mansur, groups of students had worked on consulting projects for IBM, related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. According to Paula Soffiatti, IBM’s Squad Leader for Global Sales Incentives, the partnership between FGV EBAPE and IBM was further strengthened by this work by IBEA students. “This was the first time I participated in this, and I was impressed with the high academic level and collaborative approach of all the students, as well as FGV’s extreme dedication to this project. The students’ recommendations were very good and we will produce a plan to implement them in 2020. Our employees loved the experience and I think it contributed a lot to their professional growth,” she said.
In the evening, the second half of the closing ceremony took place. It was led by the students themselves, under the supervision of FGV EBAPE’s International Relations Area. The event was attended by professors and international relations managers from the University of South Carolina and ESSEC Business School.
The dean of the University of Mannheim Business School sent in a video, congratulating the students. Due to the nature of the program, in which classmates live and work together for two years, on four different continents, the students were visibly moved to have reached the end of the cycle. Janne Töner, a student from Mannheim, described the two-year IBEA course as “agitated and full of adventures.”
She said that the closing ceremony was “brilliant, in parts surprising and very emotional.” Töner noted that the class was made up of students from four continents. When the course began in February 2018, some of them had never studied abroad before, some were anxious, many were excited, and nobody had a clue what to expect. She summed up what the end of the IBEA program meant for her: “We ended this experience as friends, almost like members of a family. We now call more than one place home, and we often feel most comfortable when we’re exploring all kinds of places on this planet. The personalities in our group are as numerous and diverse as the memories we share.”
The IBEA program was created with the aim of giving undergraduate students a holistic and diversified education. The idea is that by the end of the course, students will have acquired greater cultural sensitivity and be able to understand different management practices in other cultures and environments. As well as being able to take the regular subjects offered by the alliance’s schools, students benefit from each partner school’s expertise, studying specific subjects tailored to the group, besides participating in cultural courses, fieldwork and consulting assignments.
To learn more about the IBEA program, click here.