Student events - the buzz

Remember, remember the month of Movember

MovemberEach year, during the month of November, the Movember movement inspires men across the world to grow a moustache with the aim of raising funds and awareness for men’s health issues, in particular prostate cancer. In 2011, MBA students Erik Dobrovolsky and Pieter Vanderbeeken introduced this initiative amongst their fellow students.

Pieter: “We had a number of Canadians in class – the movement is quite big over there – so we decided to do something in Belgium. I’m an amateur photographer so we thought it would be a good idea to take pictures of everyone before, during and with their full-grown moustache! We posted them online, and they went viral. At a shaving-off event, which got quite a bit of media coverage, we awarded prizes for the most ugly, most beautiful and most sexy moustaches. We raised € 5,000 – the best in Belgium. Movember even asked me to work for them on a part-time basis, but by then I was looking to start my own venture as a social entrepreneur.”

This year the Movember initiative was coordinated by Kshitish Balhotra.

MGM organises Parents Day

Vlerick Parents DayOur Masters in General Management programme in Ghent has a three-strong cultural team: Najwa Abid, Warren Tanghe and Stefan Van Laethem. Together with praeses Thomas Stevens, they decided to organise a friends and family day at the end of 2012.

Najwa explains the germ of the idea: “School is a pretty full-on activity, and we know it makes heavy demands on both time and money – not only for the students, but for their families as well. That’s why we invited our relatives to the School, so they could see for themselves just what and where ‘their’ friend or family member was learning.”

On Friday 7 December more than 100 guests visited the School. Professor Miguel Meuleman, who heads the MGM programme, gave a welcome speech. The evening, which began as a rather formal event in the classroom but ended with a drink in the bar, was most successful and thoroughly appreciated by all. Many students in the class helped make it happen, but a special mention goes to Alexander Vandenberghe and Margaux Maeterlinck, who sorted out the sponsorship by Lidl and Bruggeman.

Future Scope 2013 - MGM stirs debate on Generation Y

Future Scope eventInitiated by MGM students, the annual Future Scope event stirs the debate on a hot topic. The event has already become a fixture in the School’s calendar, and just gets bigger and better every year. This year’s theme will be all about Generation Y: “Why are we the future?”

Jimmy Vanhove was at the inception of Future Scope three years ago: “Our idea was to spark a debate bringing together people from three of the most influential sectors in society: politics, education and business. We were ambitious from the start: we had representatives from Didier Reynders and Kris Peeters; from the world of business we had Peter Vanden Houte (ING), Stijn Vander Plaetse (Belgacom) and Johan Kestens (A.T. Kearney). Bart Van Looy and Reinhelde Veugelers, both professors at KU Leuven, were our academic panellists.”

The results were impressive. “We did lots of publicity in the city and on campus. Of course, we also had a Facebook page, and created posters and a leaflet. A core group of five of us organised and led the initiative, but eventually the whole class was involved on the night. Open to students and non-students, the event was held in an auditorium in Leuven and attracted more than 400 people.”

The 2013 topic is Generation Y, a generation that has opportunities and means the world could only dream of 50 years ago. Information is now more widespread, global communication is accessible to everyone, and opportunities (business and otherwise) are everywhere. They are the first generation in a truly global world in which distances and different languages are no longer an obstacle.

Several notable companies are committed to Future Scope 2013, giving our students an additional opportunity to ask a potential future employer what they expect from Generation Y.

More info: [email protected]

Intercultural event - Taste my world

Vlerick Intercultural eventEvery year we’re proud to welcome an ever-increasing number of nationalities to our School. So it’s no surprise that our students organised another Intercultural Event for both MBA and MGM students in mid-November. Thirteen stands put on a spread of traditional food and beverages.

This year, the event was coordinated by Caitrin Reed, Robert-Cristian Tudor, Hunter Tanous and Manuj Khanna. Caitrin: “Our names may be on the door as the ‘organisers’ but in truth every one of the students helped out on the night. We actually have 29 different nationalities in our class of 65 MBA students. Apart from lots of interesting food, we had dancing demonstrations. It’s a great way to break the ice, especially as we organise it so early in the academic year. We received such positive feedback from so many people that we ended up with surplus revenue. So the plan is to do another event in February. The same, but different.”

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