We are thrilled to share the success of our recent visit to IPAG (Paris and Nice), one of our esteemed partner universities in France. The visiting team from the Business School comprised of, Dr. Milena Bobeva, Mr. Mark Ridolfo, Dr. Deborah Taylor and Dr. Samreen Ashraf. The purpose of this visit was to strengthen and deepen the relationship between IPAG and the BU team, and we are pleased to say that we had meaningful conversations to strengthen our partnership further. During this visit, we discovered numerous commonalities between our institutions, including shared values, student experiences, international outlook, and a focus on inclusivity and responsibility. We would like to express our gratitude to the Global Staff Mobility team and Milena Bobeva for providing us with this invaluable opportunity. Let’s delve into some of the immediate outcomes and outputs from this visit.
Active Promotion of Student Exchanges:
One of the main outcomes of our visit to IPAG is the active promotion of student exchanges. Armed with a more comprehensive understanding of IPAG’s programmes and locations, our staff can now provide detailed and nuanced overviews to prospective Top Up and Exchange students. This immediate benefit extends to our students, as they receive enhanced guidance regarding programme options and destinations. Furthermore, this visit has opened up opportunities for knowledge transfer to other Business School staff who lead Study Abroad programs, promoting collaboration and sharing best practices.
Engagement in IPAG’s International Week and Summer Schools:
We are excited to announce that BU staff members now have the opportunity to participate in IPAG’s International Week held in both Paris and Nice. IPAG has expressed a desire to have more of our staff engage with their programs, and this exchange of knowledge and experiences will foster stronger ties between our institutions. Additionally, this collaboration presents a unique chance for BU students to participate in IPAG’s International Week, with this year’s focus on sustainability—an excellent fit for BU’s Centre for Sustainable Business Transformation. We encourage our students to seize this opportunity for international exposure and enriching experiences. This not only broadens their horizons but also provides them with a unique chance to experience the French education system and culture first-hand.
IPAG Staff Visiting Bournemouth University:
To further build and strengthen the relationship between BU and IPAG, an agreement has been reached for IPAG staff members to visit Bournemouth University. This visit will allow for continued collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the development of a robust partnership between our institutions.
Exploring Collaborations on PhD/DBA Programs and Study Abroad Opportunities:
During the visit, we had the opportunity to discuss potential collaborations on PhD/DBA programs These discussions were meaningful, and we learned about the differences between PhD programs in the UK and France, IPAG’s focus on improving their DBA program, and their aspirations for future PhD programs. This exchange of ideas paves the way for research seminars which will help us to build our capacity and improve our research culture and environment.
Please feel free to get in touch with the following in case you have any question:
Dr. Milena Bobeva (BUBS Internationalisation Lead)
Mr. Mark Ridolfo (Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Business & Management and Study Abroad Academic Co-ordinator
Dr. Deborah Taylor (MBA Director)
Dr. Samreen Ashraf (IPAG Academic Partnership Lead and MSI- PGR Lead)