SCRIBE 21 Double Degree Program

Dr Kevin MacGabhann and Ms Elodie Thevenet from EM Strasbourg visited Adelaide on February 25th and 26th, 2016 to continue developing the partnership between the universities in the areas of SCRIBE21 double degree, research and student mobility.

As part of their visit, Dr MacGabhann presented to the University of Adelaide students on a trending topic of “How to sell your international experience?” on Friday 26 February, 10.30am-1pm . Around 70 students representing different nationalities (Australia, France, China, Japan, Ukraine, Sweden just to name a few) attended the lecture. The students’ feedback was very positive describing Kevin and the session as “worthwhile, important, inspiring and useful”.

Kevin’s lecture was presented based on the findings of the British Council’s report on Culture at Work.

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The University of Adelaide was privileged to host the first cohort of SCRIBE21 students and colleagues for their third and final intensive session in Adelaide from 18 to 22 January 2016.

The final intensive built on the learnings and visits from previous intensive sessions in Strasbourg and Venice and provided a regional focus on Adelaide’s industry and business practices.

The students from Strasbourg, Venice, Budapest, Adelaide and Perth started off their week with one-on-one psychometric testing and individual career planning session with Natalie Thompson (Director, Employability and Careers). The session was aimed at assisting the students to utilise the knowledge and skills they have learnt throughout this double degree experience to achieve their career goals.

On the second day, everyone had an opportunity to spend a day with Stephen Yarwood, former Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide as well as a generous supporter of the Adelaide Business School and MBA alumni. Stephen gave first hand insight into Adelaide’s politics, city planning & management, strategic planning and urban futures by taking the group on a bike cycling venture through the Adelaide CBD, its hidden gems and alleys. The session concluded with a private tour of the Adelaide Town Hall where the students role played as members of the City Council in the Chamber raising important issues and coming up with solutions to develop this city. At night, the students and Consortium staff were welcomed at a formal dinner by Professor Christopher Findlay (Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions) and Phil Hoffmann, founder and owner of multi-award winning business and travel agency – the Phil Hoffmann Travel.

Over the next two days, the group embarked on a journey to take a comparative look at the Australian Wine Industry, with a focus on South Australia, led by Marni Ladd (Wine Business Program Director at the University of Adelaide). The group first visited a classic boutique winery, Two Hands, where they gained a sense of the typical cellar door to compare with next visit to the large and lean operating model of Kingston Estate Wines – the 5th largest wine producer in Australia. The students and staff also had an opportunity to experience truly Australian outback at Pike River, Riverland where the group stayed overnight.

On the last day of the final intensive, the students were given insight into knowledge and capital management, and organisational performance by David Pender, an MBA lecturer in Adelaide. The day concluded with curious topics of Complex Leadership and Neurogenesis. The group celebrated Friday afternoon and the end of a long but very productive and insightful week over a glass of wine and cheese!


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The Strasbourg Intensive Session took place from January 17th to January 22nd at EM Strasbourg Business School and the European Parliament. This was the first intensive for the second cohort of SCRIBE21 students.

It consisted in a combination of professional development seminars in cross-cultural context, practice-oriented seminars on international business and economics, and a full-day at the European Parliament including meetings with Members and a game simulating the EU’s decision-making process.

This year, the Intensive Session was facilitated by academics from the SCRIBE 21 Consortium:

Dr. Hélène Langinier, EM Strasbourg Business School

Dr. Wendy Lindsay, University of Adelaide

Dr. Kevin MacGabhann, EM Strasbourg Business School

Dr. Sabine Menu, EM Strasbourg Business School

Dr. Anu Rammohan, University of Western Australia

Dr. Gábor Vigvári, Corvinus University of Budapest

Mr. Keith Wilson, University of Adelaide

The intensive week started with Dr Kevin Mac Gabhann providing an overview of the soft skills required for managers working in culturally diverse environments focusing on the need for intercultural skills in the future. On the next day, students could explore with Dr. Hélène Langinier a series of intercommunication issues and solutions in cross-cultural context, and how to enhance intercultural skills in resumes.

In two afternoon’s seminars, supply chain trade was jointly taught by Dr. Gabor Vigvari and Mr. Keith Wilson. Students review with them the drivers of value-chain and the role of the WTO. As they were acting in a role play, students could experience the influence of supply chain trade on business decisions.

In the Wednesday morning’s seminar, Dr. Anu Rammohan introduced Global food security issues to students. Food security is a complex sustainable development issue, linked to health through malnutrition, but also to sustainable economic development, environment, and trade. Students could also explore the links between food security, health and climate change.

On Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Sabine Menu provided key concepts and knowledge on the European Union, for students to understand better one of the key activities of Strasbourg as one of Europe’s capitals. Students also prepared for the role play to be done on the next day at the European Parliament.

Thursday’s activities took place at the European Parliament, and were organized in collaboration with the EP Information office in Strasbourg. After an introduction to the role of this unique political institution in the world, made of 751 Members representing 508 million citizens from 28 Member States, students could ask questions to two Members, Mr. Axel Voss (EPP, Germany, vice-chair of the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand) and Ms. Marietje Schaake (ALDE, Netherlands, member of the International Trade Committee). They could listen to debates in the Chamber on topics such as the opening of free-trade negotiations between the EU and Australia-New Zealand and observed MEPs voting.

In the afternoon, students took the roles of Members, representatives of the Commission and the Council, or lobbyists, and worked on a common EU position on data protection regulation. They experienced directly that the EU is about negotiations and that intercultural skills are required to come up with a joint position. Eventually they came up with an updated regulation on data protection. Let’s see if MEPs get some inspiration when they’ll be voting on it this year!

Last but not least, on Friday morning, Dr. Wendy Lindsay introduced students to business opportunities’ identification and evaluation. What experienced angel investors and venture capitalists look for when it comes to evaluating potential business opportunities? This has implications for whether they will invest in the entrepreneurial ventures associated with those opportunities. It was an additional view on international business students could learn about, with examples from Europe and Australia.

All in all, students and teaching staff had a rich and delightful week together!


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Alexander Biglands, one of the four inaugural students from the University of Adelaide studying at EM Strasbourg under SCRIBE21 Double Degree arrangement and scholarship, tells us about his internship experience with a start up company, Year of the Goat, in Munich, Germany. “After an entertaining and informative intensive session with the Scribe21 group at Ca’Foscari […]

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Our first cohort of Adelaide students will be returning home from their one year exchange at EM Strasbourg (France) under SCRIBE21 Double Degree agreement and scholarship next week. You could be the next SCRIBE21 student! Come and join our Student Panel session where your peers will share their experience in Europe including internship opportunities and networks. […]

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SCRIBE 21 students joined The University of Adelaide Wine Business lecturer Paul van der Lee for a day of tasting and learning about wine in South Australia’s Barossa Valley on 8 October 2015. The group visited Yalumba Winery, Gibson Wines and Seppeltsfield Winery. Students from Adelaide, Budapest, Venice and Strasbourg attended the trip.

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Kevin Mac Gabhann and Sabine Menu from EM Strasbourg Business School presented “Double Degrees for the New Era” on the SCRIBE 21 project at EAIE 2015 in Glasgow. Double degrees are more than just two degrees for the price of one; they are a catalyst for achieving university internationalisation agendas, increasing research activities, improving pedagogy […]

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The University of Western Australia hosted a SCRIBE21 Networking Brunch at the University Club of Western Australia for newly arrived European students and UWA students expecting to depart for Europe in 2016 as part of the SCRIBE 21 program. In attendance was also Mrs Hannah Wilkinson, Student Experience Manager. All had a good chat and […]

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by Ryan Richardson This year, I have studied across three different European countries with students from all over the world, visiting companies that I would have never seen in Australia: a start-up incubator in Italy, marketing companies in Spain, and the European Parliament in France, and learning about the processes, strategies and structures behind multiple […]

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SCRIBE 21 students and staff met with the Ambassador of Australia while he was making an official visit to Strasbourg.

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