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04/05/2012

The premiere of the CREW project, an international success


The first entirely joint module with Oxford Brookes brought together French and English students at the end of March in Dijon

 

The premiere of the CREW project (Cross cultural cooperation in REal World), the first entirely joint module between Oxford Brookes University Business School and Burgundy School of Business, concluded at the end of March with a three-day visit to Dijon by around twenty MSc International Business students from the English school. Led by faculty members Joanna Karmowska and Joy Butcher (Postgraduate Programmes Manager), they have joined around thirty fellow students from Burgundy School of Business's MSc International Business and MSc International Management programmes for the final presentations.

The aim of this module, devised in 2010 by Joanna Karmowska; Fabrice Galia and Sabine Mueller, tested in Dijon in 2011 and launched this year, is to offer students registered in international Masters real assignments in companies, in which they act as professional consultants: From February to April 2012, six virtual, multicultural teams (composed of 3 students in Oxford and 3 students in Dijon) worked jointly for companies in the Île de France region and the Netherlands, supervised by lecturers and professional coaches. 

All the assignments were of an international nature, so that the companies could benefit from the students' backgrounds, which represent more than 20 different nationalities. Next year Oxford Brookes University will take care of the organisation of the assignments, and will receive the Dijon students for the final presentations.