A delegation of 40 students and staff from the Indian School of Management and Entreprenurship (ISME), Mumbai, were recently welcomed to the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Dubai campus during a week-long study tour.
The trip, which was organised in conjunction with Entrepreneurship Specialists Ureka Limited, saw the undergraduate students enjoy a wide range of activities designed to broaden their perspectives of global business and specifically understand the entrepreneurial prospects available to them in the UAE.
Over the course of the study tour they enjoyed lectures from RIT Dubai faculty including Dr Phillipe Bouvier, who gave a lecture on ‘Entrepreneurship in the Smart City Environment.’ The students also benefited from a talk from Mr Novel Tjahyadi, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority’s Innovation Specialist and the opportunity to visit Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre (DTEC), located next door to RIT Dubai.
Aamna Sultan, Director of Ureka Ltd, commented: “This trip offered the students an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable international exposure, an outstanding chance to network with businesses and entrepreneurs in Dubai and a wonderful understanding of the opportunities for further study in this area at RIT Dubai.”
Kanak Suri, Bachelor’s in Management and Entrepreneurship at Indian School of Management and Entreprenurship (ISME), added: “The trip has been an amazing experience. We’ve done so much in one week – from learning how to make our elevator pitches better to concentrating on our presentation skills, to hearing from some of Dubai’s entrepreneurship thought-leaders. It has been very exciting and I’ve enjoyed witnessing the city’s incredibly beautiful infrastructure first hand.”
Parin Gala, another Indian School of Management and Entreprenurship (ISME) student agreed: “It was wonderful to learn first-hand about the leadership skills that successful entrepreneurs in Dubai have honed and to be given a chance to talk one-on-one with them was phenomenal. The shopping and the desert safari were good too!”
Dr Sanjay Modak, Visiting Professor of Economics and the main RIT Dubai coordinator of this immersion program, remarked: “We are receiving a great deal of interest in these short immersion programs, particularly from universities in India. With our ability to provide incisive and cutting-edge perspectives in innovation, smart cities and the like, RIT Dubai is positioning itself to become the institution of choice for such programs.”
Dr. Yousef Al-Assaf, President of RIT Dubai, concluded: “It has been our pleasure to welcome these students to our campus to see what life in Dubai and at RIT is all about. The UAE government has a very strong vision – and it is our role as a university to produce the human talent and skills needed to ensure that the vision becomes a reality. Talented students, like those from the Indian School of Management and Entreprenurship (ISME), will always have a home at RIT Dubai.”