Two SCMS students got an international learning experience this summer, attending the Summer School on Enterprise Modelling at Essen, Germany.
Shobit Prakash and Abhijit Deogharia were nominated to attend the session under the student exchange programme of Information Systems Student Exchange Network (IS:link) which is a network of premier universities around the world with headquarters at the University of Duisberg-Essen.
Aimed at giving students international exposure for increased employment possibilities in today’s global economy, the summer school gave the pair a chance to study and live with students from around the world, including Germany, Sweden, Austria, Australia and Mexico.
“Our experience of interacting with people from 12 different nationalities helped us a lot in learning how to handle business globally,” said Shobit Prakash.
The course itself focused using information technology for improving business performance. Shobit said different businesses have different needs and are looking for customised solutions for their day-to-day operations.
Because a common language between business managers and IT experts is lacking, there’s a gap between what is demanded and what is delivered, he said, so they were taught how to bridge that gap using the modelling language developed by Dr. Ulrich Frank for the purpose.
The first week of the course covered the theory and understanding the concepts, with the second week spent putting those concepts into practice.
The course, which ran June 26 to July 6, wasn’t all work and no play.
“Every day the forenoon was devoted to classroom studies,” said Shobit. “The afternoons were set apart for cultural events, barbeques, seeing places of interest and for exploring the city.
“We had a treasure hunt through which we explored the entire city and had a lot of fun in the process. Meeting people from different countries gave us a lot to learn and has helped to improve our international networking. A lot of German students have shown interest in coming to India for studies.”