The Themed Research International Project (TRIP) to Brussels marked another exciting enrichment to the MBA program as it allowed us to get a glimpse of the political context in which business operates.
Due to the proximity of Rotterdam to Brussels, RSM MBA students can directly benefit from getting a hands-on insight into how the European political system works. We attended the kick-off session on Monday at RSM before heading off the next day to Brussels where we were given presentations on lobbying and European integration by representatives from a diverse set of backgrounds including international advisors, lobbyists and more. We also had the opportunity to network with RSM alumni during a dinner. Finally, the last day was devoted to company visits. I went to McKinsey and the presentation by the CEO of McKinsey Belgium was very interesting as it clearly showed what it is like to be a consultant and what is expected of you.
As the name TRIP indicates, this was not only a physical outing but also includes a research assignment. We should reflect on how we see the EU developing until 2020. Once again the TRIP reminded me of the tight schedules and the demanding nature of projects that make up the program. However, it also made me aware of the mentality of MBA students underpinned by I can do that motto.
Looking back, I can proudly say that I have developed a very sound understanding of the political environment in which businesses operate that will definitely help me in future when it comes to weighing up business decisions.
Aliaksndra Bakhoryna – Full-time MBA13 student
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