ISCID YOURS Gala Association This association organizes the Gala evening of the Year. This evening meets annually Iscidiens, alumni, teachers, business partners and administrative staff in an exceptional setting This year 27 students of all nationalities were in charge of this organization. 300 people attended including 11 former Iscidiens and twenty graduates DK BUS Marine, a sponsor has helped to bring up students to the Arsenal
A TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN DREAM ! Another success this year ! Like every year, a team is formed to ensure the best organization of this crazy party. Between choosing the theme, entertainments and sponsors, I decided to interview Caroline Labouré, President of the Gala association to understand all the monster work hidden behind this wonderful night. How did you choose the theme? The first thing to decide was obviously the theme, different each year. We started initially on the idea of the 5 continents as we are an international and multicultural business school. However, the logistics seemed too complex in terms of food and decoration. Then we found a dead ringer of Michael Jackson, who could coincide with a U.S theme. But it turned out too expensive. We nevertheless decided to keep this theme and find other entertainment. So what entertainments were planned? We looked for events that can match with The United State. We took contacts of previous artists who had participated in the Gala, and chose a variety group Oxygen. Then Marion Dubaele, member of the association, told us her idea to contact a group of Hip Hop dance and an American graffiti. We’ve contacted BBOy France who made several performances and New Scholl Writers, who tagged three paintings during the evening. And the choice of the hall? We have two tutors in this association: Mr Catez and Mr Morris. Mr Catez knows very well Mr Ringot , mayor of Gravelines, who is an alumni. He therefore asked if he had a room at Gravelines, Mr Ringot agreed to help and lent us the Arsenal for free. We just dealt with the decoration and food, which were perfectly linked with the U.S theme. How did you split the organization? Since October, we formed three teams to better handle various tasks. So there was a communication team, entertainments team and logistics team. However, during the night we had to review the organization because there were a lot of tasks to manage, so the division was made in 9 teams each supervised by a manager. What are your feelings about this association? I learned a lot by joining this association. It’s a tough job of being president but very formative. I had to encourage students to take decisions and manage my team. Fortunately tutors are very present in order to relieve myself at times. It’s a very good experience for me in events management.
EDITORIAL STAFF @ Yann Adotevi @ Gwenaëlle Gallen @ Caroline Laboure @ Emmeline Rousseau @ Lennert De Potter @ Anna Van de Riet Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
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FOCUS ON THE ISCID PROJECTS ENTREPRENEUSHIP IS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE ! Together with 3 students of ISCID, Lennert De Potter got the chance to join an international seminar about entrepreneurship in Knokke, Belgium. This seminar hosted 36 students from 6 countries over Europe, a variety of cultures and nationalities. Since the first day the students were divided into groups of 6 students and an experienced coach. The seminar was divided into theory group sessions and practical team sessions. The students had a tight schedule with a wide range of activities. On Monday, to get to know each other, the students did teambuilding games. It was not only a competition between the 6 teams but also an opportunity to get to know their own team. What are one’s teammates capable of, how do they act in the group but also for each of them to know how they are seen by the others ? After this opener, the students were taught some brainstorm techniques because they had to come up with a product or service within the team and during the rest of the week they built up a businessplan. On tuesday, the students learned everything about an elevator pitch.
Teambuilding, brainstorm techniques and speeddating ! Wednesday was the marketing day and in the evening the students practised speeddating with real business people. On thursday the students did the financial aspect and to relax they went to Gent to visit the host university. Friday was the big day with one only goal : «sell your product or service to the jury, convince them that you have the best business plan ». During this week the students learned not only theoretical concepts about entrepreneurship, they got the chance to put everything directly into pratise. Long and exhausting days but definetely worth it. The students all met a lot of people with the same interests and vision.
Be entrepreneurial, explore, grow ! Are you a student? Are you interested in entrepreneurship? Do you have ideas for starting up a venture, but are you not sure if your plans are feasible or where to start? Do you need assistance in business and financial planning? Students can address all their questions to the Centre for Entrepreneurship Dunkirk. If need be, the Centre for Entrepreneurship can also provide infrastructure to (candidate) enterpreneurs, such as furnished office spaces, conference rooms, etc. The Centre for Entrepreneurship wants to build bridges between business schools, universities and (candidate) entrepreneurs. Lennert De Potter
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ISCID building Cafeteria main building Hanze university
University in Holland and France : The differences and experiences Culturewise, arriving in France was not a big shock for me. Many things are not very different from life in Holland. When it comes to the school system, however, many things were very new to me. To start with having classes on Saturdays. This would seriously be unimaginable in my country, the weekend starts on Friday night and that’s it! Arriving at ISCID, I was also surprised that it is so small. I am used to a big university with a lot of buildings where, even after 3 years, I sometimes get lost searching for a class room. A bachelor in Holland takes 4 years of study. If you want to do a master program after, it will take two years. I found out that here, it is 5 years for a bachelor and another 2 for a master. One year of school at my university consists of 4 ‘blocks’. Each block you have different subjects and different teachers. Because the school is so big, most teachers don’t know students personally, and if you need something or have a problem, they will often send you from pillar to post. Ways of teaching In Dutch universities, we work in groups a lot. Every block you are in a project group of about four people. During 10 weeks, you work with these people and in the end you have to deliver a result. I noticed that in France there is not a lot of group work. Teachers mostly just lecture and students listen. I also noticed that students have to give a lot of presentations at ISCID. At my university we also have to do that, but not so often and mostly not individually because the classes are just too big.
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STUDENTS’ LIFE FACTS
Hanze university Groningen → 18 buildings → 25.000 students → 2700 staff members → 70 bachelor educations → 14 master programs → 16.500 foreign students
For me, a regular school day in France is also very different. Here, it is normal to start at 9.30 and finish in the end of the afternoon. At the Hanze, it is normal to go to school just for 2 or 3 hours a day and go home again. One day you can have a really long schedule and others you don’t have class or have to go just for a short meeting. We also don’t have a scheduled lunch break. There is a big cafeteria where students just buy food between their classes. Because all these classes are so irregularly scheduled, it is very unlikely to have free time at the same time as friends in other classes.
ULCO/ISCID → 5 buildings → 11.000 students → 4 general education programs
System In France, students can choose between public and private schools. In Holland, we don't have this system; every school is a public school. The amount students pay for ISCID each year is about 5000 euro. For example, for the Hanze university, students pay 1.672 euro. Our government pays for our education at the universities, which is why our college tuition fees are lower. Being almost at the end of my ISCID period, I have to say I will really miss it. Because despite the long school days and the other differences, it has been a really nice experience going to a small school were everybody knows each other and to be part of the ‘ISCID family’ for a while! Anna Van De Riet
General building of the Hanze university
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