Pub Quiz in Basel for all you clever cookies

Our first ever IM Alumni pub quiz – because we know you’re all pretty clever. Join us 21 September at the Pickwick Pub in Basel

Time to show you really are clever cookies:-)

Our first ever IM Alumni Pub Quiz will be held at the Pickwick Pub in Basel on Thursday, 21 September.

We’ll be doing 4 rounds from 7pm (though we start warming up with drinks from 6pm – there’s a free welcome drink for you).

Form teams (no more than 4 people per team)  – get in touch with your old classmates, especially those who seemed to know all manner of trivia. Register below either as a team ( give yourselves a brilliant name) or as an individual – you can indicate in the message section that you’re looking to join a team and we’ll try to help.

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Life at the top!

Oezlem Kösker won lunch at the Pebbles Bar at the top of Roche tower. Melanie Auer, Head of Controlling at Roche Pharma, had offered this at the Bid for a Boss charity auction in April.

Oezlem Kösker picked the right day to redeem her Bid for a Boss.  Melanie Auer took her up, as promised, to the Pebbles Bar at the top of Roche tower in Basel.  Melanie reports they had a wonderful time: “It’s great that this way you meet nice people you wouldn’t have met otherwise.”

John Uwaeke’s charity Catalyst4Change has not only profited from the money raised at the charity auction: John reported last week that he received three laptops from one of our alumni.  John will take these to Nigeria in August. “We are in contact with an orphanage home and another rural school in Eastern Nigeria to donate laptops and support the education of motherless children,” John reported.

 

 

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#ThrowbackThursday Couples

Richard and Nicole became a couple during their semester abroad in Korea in 2003

We both started the IM degree in 2001 – it was only the one class then so we all knew each other well and four of us especially formed a very close-knit group. So a friendship between Richard and myself had already been well established before we went on our semester abroad.

Back then allocation of your host university was by drawing lots from a hat.  Nearly all of us wanted to go to Auckland as our first choice but there were only a few places there.  So we drew lots again for our second choice: Ajou University in South Korea.  About half the class had decided that we wanted to do something adventurous – and South Korea seemed pretty different. In the end, there were 8 of us who went to Ajou and there, within the first month or so, Richard and I became a couple.

The other six in Korea were not at all surprised – they’d seen it coming – and so there was no awkwardness.  But those two close friends in our group were not there and we puzzled greatly about how to tell them.  Don’t forget, in those days we didn’t all have smart phones, there was no Whatsapp.  We didn’t want to wait until we saw them again months later, so we mailed.  That did feel a bit weird.  However, being a couple within the IM class was not a problem.  There were quite a few others who had also met a partner during their semester abroad.

 

Richard and Nicole with their twin girls in 2017

What happened next? Nicole: I went on to work for PwC consulting expat clients in international HR.  Richard and I got married in 2010 and then in 2012 our twin girls were born.  I decided I wanted to be at home for at least a year so stopped my job.  Eighteen months later I then found the perfect post for me – I am the Assistant for the IM programme.  It’s part-time, interesting and close to where we live and of course it was a bit like returning “home”.  I very much enjoy being in touch with a great variety of people – I liaise with lecturers, especially external lecturers, coordinating resources, planning. It’s perfect.

Richard: I joined what is now the Bank J. Safra Sarasin immediately after graduating and have been there in different roles and different teams ever since. My current position is Senior Portfolio Manager for institutional clients based in Zurich. What I enjoy since the merger is that the bank has become more international and our working language is English now.

Via the IM Programme many students have learnt a lot about business, made new friends, found future employers, expanded their horizons and also, more often than you think, found their partners.  After nearly 20 years since the programme started there are a surprising number of IM couples and even IM babies 🙂

So – here’s a slightly different #TbT item.  Also, so that we can tell all you IM lovebirds out there that we’re having a Love@IM barbeque from noon on 9 September at a site around Olten (we’ll communicate the place soon).  It’s for all who found love via or during their IM days and for any and all resultant kids:-)  So save the date and sign up now!

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Love@IM

Via the IM Programme many students have learnt a lot about business, made new friends, found future employers, expanded their horizons and also, more often than you think, found their partners.  After nearly 20 years since the programme started there are a surprising number of IM couples and even IM babies 🙂

To celebrate the love that’s been created, we are having a Love@IM barbeque from noon on 9 September at the Pfadiheim in Wangen bei Olten.  It’s for all who found love via or during their IM days and for any and all resultant kids 🙂 . There will be some basic food and drinks (sausages, soft drinks, etc.). Feel free to bring your own meat, extra drinks, a salad, a very yummy cake,..

So save the date and let us know if you are coming and if you’re bringing some food (we will get in touch with you beforehand)!

 

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Funds transferred to Catalyst4Change

Lighting up Faces. A group of young pupils get their first peek at the world of computers and the internet. Thanks to John Uwaeke’s two step charity, children in rural Nigeria receive basic training and some of these receive further support to become a trainer themselves. The charity Catalyst4Change also supplies laptops. Want to know more? 

CHF 2000 was transferred to Catalyst4Change this week. IM alumnus John Uwaeke’s charity aims to significantly improve opportunities for children in rural Nigeria by supplying laptops and training in basic IT*.  The IM Alumni Association held a charity auction, Bid for a Boss, in April to support this initiative.

Just over CHF 3000 was raised at the auction where 15 bosses offered an amazing range of opportunities. (We’ll keep reporting on those redeemed bids.)

The remainder of the funds will cover other association events and the IM Alumni Graduation Prize which recognizes the social contributions to the IM community.  IM bachelor students in their 3rd year are currently nominating fellow students who have helped their class, students or the school over the years. The prize is announced and awarded at Graduation (which will be on 6 October this year).

  • If you missed out on the event but want to donate to this good cause you can deposit money in account number 40-000061-4, Basler Kantonalbank, 4002 Basel.  IBAN CH11 0077 0253 5963 8200 1 770.  Aternatively, if you have laptops still in good working order and are willing to donate these, contact John directly.
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Alumni panel evaluate Marketing presentations

Four alumni helped Prof Dr Barbara Miller (far right) assess Marketing student presentations: From left Fabian Stutz, Samuel Bühlmann, Haris Besic and Stefanie Pauli.

Major Marketing students yesterday were tasked with pithcing their marketing strategies to a fictitious board considering launching an eco-engine oil.  The board comprised four alumni, all from now working in the fields of marketing or communication. Ten teams of students delivered several different pitches each and received immediate feedback from both the panel and Marketing professor Barbara Miller.

“Hard work but really interesting,” was the consensus among the panel of alumni:  Haris Besic (IM Alumnus now a marketing intern at the Swisscom Academy), Samuel Bühlman (IM Alumnus, now wokring in Marketing and Communication for Innovation as   Business Developer at Olyfia), Fabian Stutz (Alumnus Betriebsökonomie, now Head of Sales at Robotec Solutions AG), and Stefanie Pauli (IM Alumna, now trimedial journalist at SRF).

For the 6th semester students this was the final session of their intense Major Marketing course:  they received their tasks in the morning and presented in the afternoon.  A fitting end to both the intense day and the semester was an informal apero.

 

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Boats, wine, cake, marketing: winning bid redeemed

From left Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric who offered the outing to winners Enzo Scannella, a visiting professor from  University of Palermo and two visiting students from Mexico Diego Aguilar Ortega and Juan Arellano Mendoza.

A boat ride, sunshine, wine and chatting about marketing – Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric’s offer at the Bid for a Boss was actually auctioned off twice and raised CHF 440 for C4C. “Winners” were visiting professor Enzo Scannella from partner University of Palermo and then visiting students Diego Aguilar Ortega and Juan Arellano Mendoza from Mexico.

The foursome all reported having a wonderful afternoon with the boat ride, wine, coffee and cake forming a great background to lively and interesting discussion.  The offer was one of 15 up for auction at the Bid for a Boss 2017 event which raised over CHF 3000 for both the C4C charity set up by alumnus John Uwaeke to support children’s education in rual Nigeria and for the IM Alumni Graduation prize.

(In case you were wondering – we hope to forward the funds to C4C within the next days – we were waiting for all the bids made to be paid into our account.)

 

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Four Alumni on Marketing Major evaluation panel

IM Alumna Stefanie Pauli and Marketing professor Nikolina Fuduric (Photo: Kierin Mulholland)

Four IM alumni return to their alma mater next week to evaluate Marketing Major students’ final presentations. Stefanie Pauli, Fabian Stutz, Haris Besic and Samuel Bühlmann were invited by Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric to support her in providing students feedback and an evaluation on Thursday, 8 June at the OVR campus.

In their 6th semester, the Marketing students worked on a capstone case based on an engine oil that has sustainable properties. They were given a written assignment on how to launch such an US American product on the Swiss market and develop a marketing plan. On  8 June they receive  instructions in the morning on a presentation they have to develop to give in the afternoon in front of the panel. Stefanie Pauli (graduated 2014) is now a journalist with SRF, Fabian Stutz (graduated 2016) is now Head of Sales at Robotec Solutions, Haris Besic (graduated 2016) is a Marketing Intern at Swisscom and Samuel Bühlmann (graduated 2013) is a Business Developer at Olyfia.

“With this capstone course and case, we’re trying to bring a balance of knowing, doing and being in marketing and as a business professional, ” says Nikolina Fururic. “Our classroom philosophy has a holistic bent where we try to think as inter-disciplinarily as possible so that the students can see that their decisions have impact on a lot of fronts…sometimes even unexpected ones. We have a big focus on being able to use the knowledge they’ve developed so that they can go into the business world confident that they are agile thinkers and problem solvers.”

From 16:15 there will be an apero.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Raïna Rasper

The Insight China volleyball team (From left: Kim Quy Ly, Philippe Gutekunst, Fabienne Wheeler, Patric Buess, Nadine Hügli, Raïna Rasper, Inna Schaffner) get ready to play Lanzhou students in a volleyball match. This was before the Snow Beer tour.

We had all been looking forward to the tour of the Snow Beer factory during our Insight China on-site seminar in 2009.  While in the northern Gansu province we were shown around the Lanzhou Snow Brewery.  We were lead over a sort of bridge, a high pathway under the building’s roof, it was 35 degrees and we were all soaking wet in our business suits.  There was no air-conditioning and so we were really beginning to look forward to having a taste of the cold “snow” beer, such a promising name!  They then took us to a sort of bistro where at last we got a glass of beer.  Imagine the disappointment when it turned out to be a glass of quite warm, well, lukewarm beer!  It seems that around that area in China warm beer is much preferred. We could have cried outright, but had to laugh afterwards – it was a memorable moment.

Raïna Rasper today

Graduated Bsc IM in 2009

Now For many years I worked mostly as project and marketing manager for Cendres+Métaux, a medical device company. I was engaged for a development project of a medical device, a vascular access for patients with chronic kidney disease. The product idea was born between two clinic directors at the University Hospital in Berne. The kidney specialist had a problem and the Ear-Nose-Throat surgeon presented him with a solution – this is how they came up with a very innovative product idea: the first bone anchored vascular access for haemodialysis. To me it was a unique opportunity to enter a project like this at the earliest stage possible. It took five years of development before entering clinical trials. Now, two years into it we’re finally able to prepare the market launch.

This is now what I am doing and loving – the mother company is currently in the process of setting up a new enterprise, called Diavantis, and I am the product manager.  This is challenging, diverse and exciting at the same time. It’s genuine start-up work. We’re building up our own brand, creating the company name, image and identity and also of course building the product brand, not only of this one device but also thinking ahead by innovating the next  product generation.  What I really like is that we’re in a small team of 7 people and together we’re creating something so meaningful and important, because if successfully launched the product could help to increase the quality of life for a great amount of people suffering from end-stage renal disease. I also get to do a great variety of tasks, such as product documentation, instructions for use, surgical guidelines etc…  I compare it to childbirth – I’ve carried this baby, so to speak, for over 8 years.  It’s a hell of a ride.

How did studying IM help? Certainly when I first started working, having all the business knowledge, knowing how to write a business plan, do marketing research, create a supply network – all of this was relevant for me.  But what I valued most was that we’d already gained experience during our studies in dealing with international partners and different cultures.

After graduation Raïna went straight to Cendres+Metaux, in Biel. She started a MSc in Life Sciences over a year ago and is currently working on her thesis in the field of Urban Ecology.  Raïna also still practises Tae Kwon Do – she was on the Swiss National Team until 2015 and was a frequent national champion.  Now she’s back to practicing the sport in her club and enjoys teaching the younger generation.  Get back in touch with Raïna on LinkedIn

 

 

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