Best Teacher Award 2016 (bachelor programmes)
Pedja Ašanin Gole
Being again voted by the students the Best Teacher at DOBA Business School in undergraduate programmes was again a pleasant surprise. I wish to thank all students who have allowed me to share and explore with you the world of strategic, corporate, digital and crisis communication, a world where a mutual exchange of knowledge and experiences allows us to multiply them. I see being chosen as the best teacher as an exhilarating source of possibilities of what we can do together. I understand it as a confirmation of mutually correct and high-quality work with DOBA Business School students, which also includes a team of amazing programme managers and other associates and online tutors, without whom even the best lecturer would be unable to do much. This especially applies to the non-traditional online implementation of study programmes, which requires continuous innovative approaches in order to achieve mutual understanding and facilitate mutual cooperation. Being chosen the best teacher by the students is both an incentive and responsibility for future, even higher quality work with inquisitive and demanding students. It is a new challenge. We live in an age where we drown in information and it is only right to be demanding of ourselves and others in our yearning and longing for useful knowledge, to be able to recognise and reward it. This gives us an exceptional feeling of mutual respect and provides an impetus for our future work.
Best Teacher Award 2016 (master's programmes)
I am pleased but above all very honoured that DOBA Business School students voted me the Best Teacher in Master’s programmes for the second year in a row! This undoubtedly means a lot, as the fundamental mission of every teacher is the successful transfer of knowledge and the development of students’ competencies. In light of the received recognition, I was successful in this regard in the 2015/2016 academic year. For me, a recognition bestowed by students is the greatest possible reward for a teacher, as it proves that I work well, that students are pleased with the content and work methods in my courses and that together we have realised the set learning objectives. I am especially pleased that within the framework of the Business Research Methods and Market Research courses, I was able to bring methodological and research content, which is often considered complex and dry, closer to the students in an interesting and useful manner. I am convinced that students developed competencies for independent research work, which they will undoubtedly find useful when preparing their Master’s thesis. Recognition by students is an excellent motivation for future work, but also an immense responsibility for maintaining the high quality of the teaching process. Quality, correctness and consistency remain the fundamental principles that I will continue to pursue in the implementation of new courses both at undergraduate and Master’s level. Since 1 September 2016, I am employed full time at DOBA Business School as a higher education teacher and research and development associate, which allows me to focus even more on teaching, expert research work and on the development projects of DOBA Business School
Professor of Event Management, Public Relations and Advertising, Best Teacher Award 2015
Natalie C. Postružnik
At the end of 2001, I read From Good to Great by Jim Collins. I was especially impressed by the sentence “Good is the enemy of great.” Why? For me, this meant that ‘just good’ was not enough. In other words: what I learned from this book served as my companion in my decision to give all that I can and am able to and to do what I love.
Working with students of DOBA Business School gives me true pleasure. So much freshness, new ideas, zeal and curiosity... I can feel that our enthusiasm for each other is mutual. I am thus flattered and happy to be chosen their best teacher. At the same time, this choice and title also represent a commitment for the future: to give the most that I can and also expect the most from my students. I look forward to our time spent together!
Professor of Business Research Methods, Best Teacher Award 2015
The news that DOBA Business School students voted me the best teacher in Master’s programmes for the 2014/2015 academic year was a tremendous surprise but most of all gave me great pleasure. For me, this is a recognition and confirmation of my work and that students are satisfied with my work. This recognition has even greater merit, as Master’s programmes are implemented exclusively as distance learning. Due to the lack of personal contact and the prevailing use of information technologies, this study mode means that more energy has to be invested than in the conventional study mode in order to establish a correct relationship with students, for guidelines to be clear and decisions correctly reasoned. Special effort has to be made for the provided feedback for students to be understandable and action-oriented, i.e. that it motivates them for future work and consolidation of the acquired knowledge.
On the other hand, this recognition from students also means a great responsibility for maintaining high quality and for further improving the teaching process. Finally, it is a wonderful incentive for future work, especially when faced with the challenges and opportunities that arise from the current expansion of Master’s programmes at DOBA Business School and from entering foreign markets.
European Commissioner for Transport and guest lecture of Innovative Management at DOBA
Today, innovations are the keys for generating added value. Effective innovative processes require each employee to play an active part. The aim of my course on innovation is to demonstrate the key elements of the innovation process by using practical examples to present the available tools and spotlight the professionals in innovation co-shaping a creative society.
Professor of International Business Economy
Guest lectureabout the needed skills for the next generation of entrepreneurs