Duration: March 8 – 12, 2021
1. 3rd and 4th year Bachelor students.
2. Fluent in spoken and written English (minimum score for TOEFL = 80 and for IELTS – 6.5)
€390 /student. Excluded: travel, travel related costs, insurance.
Other estimated expenditures:
Lodging: € 62 per night per person
hotel room – double occupancy
Lunch: during the i-week students eat on campus for a maximum of € 15/lunch.
Dinner: students can choose where and what they eat for dinner. Approximate € 20/dinner.
All prices and conditions are subject to change without notice.
Certificate: Students will receive a certificate from the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Business and Economics.
CHALLENGES FOR BUSINESS - COURSE CODE 1305TEWBDK
The mission of the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Antwerp, includes a strong international orientation of our educational and research activities. The “International Week: Challenges for Business” (“I-Week”) was set up to offer insights on the theme of sustainability (Corporate Social Responsibility) in an international context (speakers, students, topics). Next year, the International Week will be held from Monday 08 March till Friday 12 March 2021.
With the theme of sustainability, we aim to expose our students to international views and perspectives on corporate sustainability, social and environmental accounting, and business strategy for sustainability. It is a great opportunity for students to acquire a global perspective and intercultural skills in a course specific context. Students will participate in interactive lectures delivered by international visiting professors and business managers with international experience. Students are also able to see first-hand how various companies handle sustainability by visiting these companies. This new component of the I-Week was introduced in 2020 and will be continued due to great success. International students will have the opportunity to closely work in groups with Belgian students. For an optimal learning experience, students should be very fluent in English.
2. LEARNING GOALS
Students are able to
i. relate the overarching theme of the international week to the knowledge acquired in the different areas of business administration and business economics
ii. view the overarching theme and these areas from an international perspective
iii. apply gained knowledge in an international team
iv. produce a well-structured written report and/or share the results of group work through a clear presentation in English, showing the capacity to synthesize
v. make an ethical reflection on the theme of the international week. Through their participation in I-Week, students will also gain a better understanding of the possibilities to further internationalize their curriculum.
3. EVALUATION OF LEARNING
Credits and workload: 3 ECTS requires a workload of about +/- 80 hours1 (incl. lectures, study, group work, etc.). More than half of this workload will be put in the week of 08 – 12 March. Students are expected to be present in all presentations/workshops.
Students will be evaluated as follows:
· Poster (20%) on a particular topic, within their allocated teams, to be evaluated at the end of I-Week.
· Test (30%) after the I-week on Wednesday, March 17 from 2:00 to 4:00pm CET.
· Written group paper and reflection (50%). Students choose from a list of topics and submit their group paper three weeks after the I-week (deadline: April xx, 1pm). This group paper also requires (online) meetings after I-week.
· Peer assessment (to be filled in by every student individually) This final component can affect the group paper grade.
During the International Week, you will interact with speakers from various organizations talking about CSR, ethical accounting, environmental impact, supply chain sustainability and other aspects of sustainability in an international business world.
On the first day, speakers with an academic background will introduce you to the topic. On the next three days company speakers will share their experiences in plenary sessions and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon smaller workshop sessions are organized by academic as well as company speakers. In 2020, companies like Lidl, WWF and Climate Response also shared their stories with the students. Moreover, the students were able to visit the Port of Antwerp, Metallo, Deme and Aertssen Group as part of their i-week experience. On the final day of the 2020 I-Week, Sylvia Lenaerts, Vice Rector Valorisation and Development at the University of Antwerp, was scheduled to give the opening speech. After this, a closing debate was organised with Marie Delvaulx from the Shift, Piet Colruyt from Impact Capital and Pri Notowidigdo.
The specific programme for 2021 will be made available mid-February.
5. IMPORTANT DATES
Infosession: Wednesday 24 February 2021, 3:00 - 4:30pm CET
I-week: Monday 8 March – Friday 12 March, 9:00am - 5:30pm CET
Test: Wednesday 17 March, 2:00 - 4:00pm CET
Written group paper and reflection: Friday 2 April
Ø https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/faculties/faculty-of-applied-economics/studying-andeducation/international/international-week/ https://youtu.be/RTzcqKVWiHk
Ø email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Agenda of international week 2020 for your reference:
If you are interested in this program, please contact us:
T: +86 21 5566 4890