Our second and third generation of SCRIBE21 scholars together with the Consortium staff from 5 universities had an opportunity to meet altogether in beautiful and historic Budapest and campus of Corvinus University in June this year. This was also the first time for the Corvinus University to host an intensive session for the double degree program.

As with each unique intensive, the goal of this session was to introduce SCRIBE21 students to specific business practices in the regional context. The aim of Budapest intensive was to introduce the students to the unique and dynamic capitalism which happened in Hungary since the regime changed in 1989. The program focused on the Central European economic history and that of Hungary. There was a great mix of in house academic lectures, study trips and case studies in the most important and competitive sectors of the Hungarian economy such as oil, IT, car and F&B sectors. And of course, the program could not be complete without sightseeing tours of the beautiful Budapest and the rich and diverse culture and architecture it has to offer.

The intensive week kick started on Monday with a warm welcome of the Hungarian summer and breeze from Danube river. The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations at Corvinus University, Dr Laszlo Csicsmann, officially welcomed the group into the program and Dr Gabor Szalai, Head of International Affairs, has also provided a thorough introduction to the University’s history to the group. In the afternoon, the students were given a briefing on the economic history of Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe as well as for the situation game on the contextual business environment of CEE which they would be assessed on later in the week.

Tuesday had exciting activities in store where students received a lecture from an invited guest from the MOL, a leading oil company in Hungary. The group then embarked on a walking tour around the beautiful old and new quarters of the city including the Buda and Pest sides of the river. This was also a great opportunity for the students to get to know each other better which has proven to be one of the benefits of the SCRIBE21 Double degree program which results in life long friendships and valuable networks.

The group was looking forward to Wednesday and the invited guest lectures from Prezi, the leading Hungarian IT company and the creative presentation software which is used by over 40 million users worldwide as we speak. The presentation gave the group interesting insight into how the company was founded with a simple idea and grown to such a big scale in today’s dynamic IT industry, and an inspiring story that anyone’s limit is their imagination. The students then had the second guest lecture from Tresorit, another leading IT company in Hungary which provided a different perspective with their own business model.

The intensive week finished off with an exclusive trip to Bosch factory in Hatvan, Holloko (UNESCO World Heritage site) and Zwack liquor company which were all equally eye-opening, inspiring and insightful!

Overall, the Budapest intensive was a great opportunity for the SCRIBE21 students to learn the practical concepts of the international business and economic development in a different region such as Central and Eastern Europe and put their knowledge gained into practice.

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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 […]

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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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