International virtual projects allow students to work in international teams, develop competencies, and gain indispensible references.
This spring, we are organising international virtual projects with our partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, and South Africa, with two being available to DOBA Business School students free of charge. These projects provide an international experience to students who are unable to study or experience work placement abroad for a longer period of time.
The advantages of virtual projects for students:
Would you like to experience what it is like working in an international team and learn how to communicate even better in a virtual team with members coming from different countries? Would you like to provide your employer with a reference stating that you are able to communicate in an intercultural virtual team? If so, the Virtual Communication Across Cultures project is the right opportunity for you.
Well-developed intercultural competencies are essential for working in a global world. Do you sense differences across cultures and know how to react correspondingly? We are setting up a playground for intercultural communication and working on case studies.
When? From 7 to 19 March
What? The importance of intercultural competencies for employment and success in the workplace, the hidden meaning of words, direct and indirect communication, cultural connotation, communication styles, constructive solving of intercultural conflicts, etc.
Who? Students of NHL Stenden University (campuses in the Netherlands, Qatar, South Africa, Bali, Thailand), students of DOBA Business School (Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia).
How? Virtual, with an introductory get-to-know meeting, 4 lectures by the best lecturers in intercultural communication (Slovenia, England, the Netherlands, and Russia), with unique case studies, establishing connections with international students in the Blackboard virtual environment, and the final virtual meeting with team presentations and a panel by all four lecturers.
Statement by an NHL Stenden participant in a virtual project in 2018: “Thank you for this opportunity. Working in an intercultural but at the same time also virtual team is inspiring. It was an amazing experience which I will be able to use at work. The participation in this project has undoubtedly exceeded all my expectations. I wish you all the best for the future cooperation between these two institutions.”
Do you like innovations and new challenges? Can you imagine working in an international and interdisciplinary team which creates a new solution for waste management within 24 hours? And what if your solution convinces investors and opens new opportunities in your career? This solution includes a new application and preparation of the entire concept for the development of the solution into a potential innovation with a convincing pitch for investors. If so, the International Innovation Hackathon project is the opportunity you have been looking for.
When? 9 and 10 May (exciting 24 hours)
What? Current problems in waste management in households, distributing surplus food in restaurants, plastic waste management, etc.
Who? Students from Belgium (UCLL), the Netherlands (Fontys), South Africa (ITversity Belgium Campus), and of course DOBA Business School students from Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia.
How? A 24-hour online meeting with participants from different countries, establishing connections with members of an international team with the chosen tools, intermediate assistance from tutors, final pitch presentations for the committee, announcing the winners and conferring the awards.
Statement by a participant of the International Innovation Hackathon 2018: “Amazing experience! An exciting night, working in teams with students who I never would have met otherwise. We had to get organised in a very short time and the result was exceptional regardless of the short span of time. I definitively improved my English or at least summed up the courage to speak it. A good and different approach.”
All DOBA Business School students are invited to join us.
The projects will be held in English.