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Multilevel Communities

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prof. dr. Albert Boonstra. albert.boonstra@rug.nl

In FEB's Multi-Level Learning Communities (LCs), students of various levels and backgrounds work together, coach and challenge each other, and enhance each other's learning experiences. It is an extracurricular activity that is valuable in demonstrating participant's ability to engage in collaborative projects with the corporate world. It enables participants to develop specific skills like project management, coaching, tool development, interviewing, negotiating, networking, which helps them to prepare for their future career. FEB's LCs are offered as a special career service by the FEB Careers Company.

How does it work?

What: It is extracurricular and non-credit based activity. Each team is responsible for a project that must be completed by the end of semester. The activities involved project meetings, interviews, company visits and training sessions.

Who: Students from all FEB programmes and all levels and subjects apply (BSc, Pre-MSc, MSc, PhD). Staff, external business relations, and alumni join and provide support and access to information and resources.

Investment: It requires a time investment of approximately 4 hours a week. Any relevant expense including travel expenses made when visiting companies or other external parties is reimbursed.

Application: Participants sign up and share their motivation using a webform on FEB's website. The number of students for each project is limited.

Overview:

In Semester 2 (2015 - 2016) we introduced four topics for Multi-Level LCs but we were able to run only one community i.e Mergers & Acquistions in SMEs that had 14 students. This semester, 50 Dutch & International students are actively participating in four new Multi-Level LCs. We are also in process of developing and introducing new LCs for exchange students etc.

Takeaways from Pilot Multi-Level LC run in Semester 2 (2015 - 2016):

Participants felt positive about:

  • Learning from participants from various backgrounds, expertise and levels.
  • Hearing other participants discuss the information helped them understand their topic better
  • Strengthened social awareness and enhancing their intercultural competencies.
  • Linking with real companies and 'real world' and getting career-advise.
  • Improving knowledge in a particular topic as well as gaining new knowledge & skills not covered in courses.
  • Improving analytical, communication, cooperation, professional and project-management skills.
  • A LC with a casual atmosphere worked as an effective learning environment for them.
  • Time allotted, cases selected, reference materials used, facilitation by the lecturer were highly appropriate.

Participants suggested the following improvements:

  • Having a more structured approach especially in the beginning.
  • Expanding the link with practice (company visits or interview external business people)
  • Better student engagement throughout their journey (acquisition, selection and participation) to keep them enthusiastic
  • More networking opportunities with alumni, students, practitioners etc.
  • More innovative topics, practical projects and flexible models.

Last modified:24 September 2018 2.56 p.m.