First IB tale: HOW…?

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Moi! (Finnish)

привет! (Russian)

Bonjour! (French)

Ciao! (Italian)

Hola! (Spanish)

你 好! (Chinese)

नमस्ते! (Hindi)

Cześć! (Polish)

… and other warm ”hello”(s) in more than 20 languages else from International Business students at JAMK University of Applied Sciences! Welcome to the one-week blog of IB-ers!

I should firstly introduce myself. I’m Kathy, from Vietnam, a JAMK-IB sophomore and also a JAMK-IB lover. After a definitely inspiring blogging time of my friends Mona and Johanna from two other English-based degrees, I’m now on stage during this week to be with you. Honestly, at anytime I can imagine myself buried in a mountain of cool tales about IB, but I’ll try my best to bring here the most JAMK-IB stuff with which you may hopefully get a clearer and more holistic picture about us, as IB-ers, indulging ourselves in the whole degree at JAMK.

You may already have some ideas about WHAT an International Business degree is. The program name tells us all doesn’t it? Just simply about studying business in an international context. A more puzzling question starts with HOW:  How an International Business degree is conducted by JAMK, as a university of applied sciences?

To be a little bit more detailed:

Business (studies): IB-ers are on the way of mastering the whole business operation including different functions, e.g. logistics, finance, marketing, etc, in a modern organization. Project management, teamwork, analytical tools, organization communications and other business-skill trainings are the musts. All up-to-date business topics, such as globalization or the current economic crisis are taken into account from the global perspective.

-International (context): IB-ers are international themselves (saying hello to my classmates from all continents in their native languages has been one of the most challenging tasks I’ve ever tried my life). IB-ers go to JAMK to be even more international in a harmonious relationship by studying business and sharing experiences together, by applying cross-cultural and language knowledge with schoolmates at lunch and other activities in our exciting student life. We are also “forced” to fly around the world through exchange and internship opportunities in order to enhance our cultural and communication background.

-JAMK University of Applied Sciences:

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Your total learning = ½ conceptual study (lectures, theories) + ½ practical knowledge (case studies, real projects from companies in and outside Finland, internships). To get good grades, IB-ers are expected to apply and perform their profound understanding about theoretical issues into their hands-on workload; and JAMK has its own system to instruct, support and motivate us in this sense (wonder no more, we’ll talk about that soon).

You are starting to view the JAMK-IB picture aren’t you? Above are only the basic ideas about studying IB at JAMK, also the main theme of my daily stories in this week. Let’s go deeper into the IB world tomorrow!

P/S: Let’s stay connected! My e-mail is also used for my Facebook account. Feel free to ask me anything you are wondering about IB, okay? 🙂

~ Kathy Nguyen

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