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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Thank you!

First of all, I would like to say “thank you”!  I am proud to inform you that my blogs and have been visited 10,000 times by people from roughly 120 countries from 6 continents. They have been especially popular in the United Kingdom, USA, Poland, France, Germany, and Bulgaria. Therefore, I am sending “thank you” to UCAS, Robert Gordon University and all of my readers who helped me to achieve such success in blogging.

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Do you remember about my trip to Glasgow? I asked you to wish me luck. Well, I think it is high time I told you a little bit more about my “secret“ excursion…
I was the only student from the Robert Gordon University invited to attend an interview (Stevenson Scholarship), before the Sub-Committee, at the University of Glasgow on Monday 15 April 2013.

Me and the University of Glasgow

Stevenson German Exchange Scholarships

"A Trust Fund was established in 1935 by Sir Daniel Macauley Stevenson, for the purpose of awarding Stevenson Scholarships.  The aim of this was to provide “facilities for the forming of friendly relationships between the students of the Universities of Scotland and the Universities of France, Germany and Spain, for the furthering of amity and good understanding, and the training of an ever-growing body of educated men and women, capable of disseminating wherever they go, the ideals of international goodwill and co-operation”.

Candidates are selected annually by an Executive Committee, administered by the University of Glasgow.  The Scholarships are open to undergraduates of any Faculty and graduates of not more than twenty-five years of age of any Scottish University, and to students from France, Germany and Spain who wish to study in Scotland.  The successful applicants are required to attend the University in France, Germany or Spain of their choice." 
The University of Glasgow
Before the Stevenson Exchange Scholarship

The interview was in English but I also had to answer a few questions in  German. Hence, I was really scared, because my German is a bit rusty. I have not spoken German for a year!  Actually, I had a brief conversation during my change in Frankfurt when I flew home for Christmas but it was a sort of “Ich bin Dawid und Ich komme aus Poland. Ich wohne in Aberdeen and studiere Betriebswirtschaftslehre. Wie geht’s?” hahahah.

Here is the news…
I still cannot believe but it look like in September I will be studying Business Administration at one of the best universities in Europe and representing Scotland in an ambassadorial role. Yes, I am going to study at The University of Mannheim -"The Harvard of Germany".

The University of Mannheim

"For the 12th time consecutively, University of Mannheim is ranked # 1 in Germany for Business. As the first German institution, the Business School of the University of Mannheim gained the “Triple Crown”: it is accredited by AACSB International, the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and EFMD (EQUIS)."

Mannheim Business School

I have already chosen modules which I will be studying there. They seem to be slightly challenging (some of them are for 3rd-year-students) and relate to all aspects of business that I am especially interested in  (marketing, information systems and finance).
Here we have the modules:

  • FIN 363 Stock Market Anomalies and Trading Strategies 3 ETC
  • MAN 352 Strategy and Innovation 3 ETC
  • FIN 301 Investments and Asset Pricing 6 ETC
  • IS 350 Enterprise Data Management 6 ETC
  • IS 301 Foundations of Information Systems 6 ETC
  • MKT 401 Strategic Marketing and Marketing in Specific Industry Context 6 ETC

If I pass all of the modules, I will get 30 ETC points which I need to gather during my ERASMUS exchange programme. Additionally, I am going to take 2 Germany modules (I think it is called “Business German for exchange students”) to improve my German and earn a few points just in caseJ

So, let me tell you a little bit more about the interview. I was asked three questions in English: Why would you be a good Scotland’s ambassador in Germany? Why did you choose this University and this part of Germany? What cities are you going to visit in Germany?
Then, I had to answer a few questions in German and it was a nightmareJ I am not sure if I understood all of them. If so, the questions were: Have you ever been to Germany?  What places would you like to visit in this country? What is the topic of your dissertation going to be? (During the English part of the interview I mentioned that I would like to gather information about the most powerful German companies and compare their marketing strategies to the ones used by their British counterparts).

That is all I can tell you about my plans for the next couple of months. The rest is going to be my secret.

What did I do in Glasgow?

Since I was very tired (because I had been learning German and writing my coursework assignments almost all the time for 2 weeks before this journey), I visited only a few places: the University of Glasgow (obviously), Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and The Herald. It is a shame. I know.

Glasgow City Centre
Glasgow at night
Me and The Herald

Finally! I have just taken my last exam and completed my first year of undergraduate Management with Marketing at Robert Gordon University! Well, I am still waiting for my exam results but I am pretty sure I passed all of the modules: Economics, Management Accounting, International Management and People Management.

Do you remember? In January 2013 I won second prize in the RGU round of the SIE Competition and entered the national round of the SIE New Ideas Competition. In cooperation with The Centre for Entrepreneurship and my regional SIE advisor, I prepared a plan of turning my idea into a successful new business (Arts/Cultural category). Therefore, I had an opportunity to apply my knowledge about various issues of Marketing Management (e.g. branding, advertising, targeting), Management Accounting (e.g. Budgeting) and Economics (e.g. supply and demand). The task involved creating a business proposal for a potential firm “Artistic Graffiti Studio” with a view to integrate the youth of Aberdeen from various backgrounds including the disabled and underprivileged. Consequently, I presented my idea during the Scottish Institute for Enterprise Start-up Day in Dundee (2013) and was interviewed by The Big Partnership Agency as a case study during the Annual Absoft Entrepreneurship Lecture (2013).

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! It looks like the idea of “Graffiti workshops” is going to be turned into a successful business by one of the RGU students. I have just received an email from Karl who is the finalist of the SIE New Ideas Competition. I think I have already told you that his idea was very similar to the one that I submitted. Please, read about his success!

“We have actually spent all the money already on the event, which will be held in this year’s city of culture, Derry city, Northern Ireland. It is planned for 5th-7th July in the local skate park.
We have recently set ourselves up as a social enterprise and started to seek further funding to bring some more artists to the event. I will have some further meetings with people in Aberdeen over the summer months as I am planning the enterprise to be in both my hometown of Derry and also Aberdeen, as I want to connect both cities through graffiti and contemporary murals. I have been painting graffiti for nearly 10 years and completing workshops and mural arts for near 4 years.
As far as the enterprise goes we have the summer fully booked in Derry.” Karl
Child labour by Banksy

I hope you will have wonderful holiday and enjoy your first year at university as much as I did. I will keep you updated. Thank you for following my blog and I am waiting for your comments!