International Business Venture Bootcamp

  • Veronica Scuotto (Lecturer)

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

Description

Studying abroad has obvious benefits such as providing understanding and appreciation for other cultures and perspectives. New frames of reference allow those who study abroad to compare and contrast their own education, professional goals and socio-cultural values with those of their host country. Therefore I offered the opportunity to five of UWS BA accounting students to participate in the 4th edition of the International Business Venture Bootcamp in Italy. Those students were selected from the participant of the Micro Tyco challenge which took place at University of the West of Scotland in February in 2016. This two weeks student mobility took place in Italy from 23rd May to 3rd June 2016, organized by University of Federico II (Italy) and Stevens Institute of Technology (USA). It was hosted by the University of Federico II in Naples (Italy). Students from UWS were intermingled with other thirty undergraduate students from the Graduate School – Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara (Mexico), the school of Systems and Enterprises –Steven Institute of Technology (USA), the University of Arkansas (USA), and the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II (Italy).
Such international study was intended to better prepare our students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. It offered a valuable opportunity to:
 develop a digital case study that enhances student engagement and employability and the School of Business and Enterprise promotion; improving UWS international networking;
 planning and hosting the next “Business Venture Bootcamp” (winter version in UWS London campus in 2018) – work in progress.

According to UWS KPI, the bootcamp provided an excellent opportunity for UWS students to take part in a valuable international experience focusing on business venturing – referring to KPI 11: the %age of u/g and taught p/g students undertaking a scholarly international experience (AIM 11 for 2016/17 is 100 mobilities, 50% of overall aim).
It also offered an opportunity for staff development and international experience - in line with KPI 12: the %age of staff undertaking a scholarly international experience (AIM 12 for 2016/17 is 55 mobilities, 52% of overall aim).
Period23 May 20163 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • business venture
  • bootcamp
  • students engagement