MBA students visit Athens for their International Consultancy Challenge

This week our MBA students visited Athens to take part in an international consultancy challenge with Alba Graduate Business School.

The MBA students had the opportunity to learn and experience Greek culture, whilst putting their expertise into practice in a series of team building exercises, bonding opportunities and consultancy challenges with various local businesses.

Students were matched with Greek companies ranging from wineries, location tracking and booking management systems to businesses that deal with virtual tours and location tracking to explore avenues for potential growth and future development. They ended their trip with insightful presentations to showcase their findings to their allocated business.

Cofounder and Manager of e-Kinesis Stavros Skarlis, who worked with a group of students during the trip, said: “The MBA team from Kent Business School evaluated e-Kinesis’ potential to introduce our Electra System in the UK which combines a battery electric powertrain turn-key solution for retrofitting Diesel vehicle. The Kent team, provided a high level analysis on this topic and demonstrated the highly competitive prices of new battery electric trucks in the UK, highly supported by government fiscal and financial incentives. Overall, the exchange was considered very positive and we are really grateful for this fruitful exchange!”

The MBA cohort gathering at Ella Ermou Athens Hotel for a welcome dinner

Alba Graduate Business School provided students access to their facilities and an opportunity to hear from lecturers Alexis Komselis and Kostas Axarlogiu. These valuable sessions provided the cohort with wider context of the Greek business process to apply to their consultancy project.

Students visited a range of businesses to offer collaborative insight and problem solving

Over the course of the action-packed week, students had the opportunity to take part in activities to support personal growth including a cookery class at Attica Botanical Gardens and a visit to the breath-taking Acropolis.

“By finishing the MBA this way we have been able to take skills learnt from every module and apply them in an international context. This is the affirmation and boost we needed to transition into fully fledged MBA graduates,” said Logan Watkins, Associate Director of Specialist Children’s services and current MBA student.

Students dressed up and ready for their farewell dinner

The trip was topped off with a sumptuous final farewell dinner watching the sunset over the beautiful Aegean sea.

Reflecting on the week, MBA student Sandra McKenzie commented “it’s been an absolutely brilliant fun and educational trip with my MBA family that I will never forget.”

AMBA-accredited, Kent Business School’s highly acclaimed MBA is underpinned by our high-quality research and informed by the global outlook of our international community.

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