[❤ my campus / témoignage en anglais] Prodatta Sengupta, jeune diplômée indienne, a trouvé en France et au sein de l’American School of Paris, un contexte d’études multiculturel et multilingue, satisfaisant pleinement son désir d’ouverture et d’enrichissement intellectuel et humain. Elle a développé une approche mêlant business et géopolitique, et des compétences concrètes pour trouver demain des solutions dans une carrière à dimension internationale.
How did you know the American School of Paris?
I was researching MBA programs in Paris that were taught in English. American Business School was one of the first schools I found that had an International Business MBA program with a dual degree and it was taught in English.
What decided you to candidate?
For the program with a curriculum that focused on solving real world business problems. The MBA in Geopolitics & International Business has a balanced curriculum with classes that developed specific skills (finance, marketing, and management) and classes that focused on more high level business solving skills. For example evaluating the impact of world geopolitical issues on business decisions for corporations.
The curriculum is also supplemented by real world exposure to the problems we solved in class through an academic trip to Silicon Valley and a 6 month internship.
I thought this would be good next to step to my education and prepare me for a career in management and business development
What did you learn in the American School of Paris that you would never learn in India?
I primarily grew up in Canada and USA and most of my education, including my Bachelor’s degree was in North America. For me a big advantage of doing my MBA at ABS in Paris was learning about international business with the European and French perspective. I was able to expand my business knowledge and problem solving skills in new ways because I was exposed to both students and professors from a wide variety of cultural and professional backgrounds.
I imagine the difference between studying in India and at ABS was the opportunity I got to not only learn from Professors who come with a global background but also meet students that are equally international. The student body of ABS is unique asset because being able to study with people of such a wide array of nationalities helped me understand global perspectives on a much higher level.
What specific competencies did you aquired here?
Since my program was Geopolitics and International Business the most important skill I learned was being able analyze different global geopolitical events and anticipate the response corporations would have to them. The impact of changes in government or international trade deals on corporate decisions like mergers and acquisitions or foreign investment was a valuable skill I acquired. I work in business development and being able to not just listen to news and market trends but also understand its impact on decision making is important when deciding which countries to focus our sales and business development strategies for the year.
What about the student life in Paris?
I was living in Cite Universitaire, an international student housing campus for Masters students and researchers. Having the opportunity to live there made my student experience very rich because it was like living on a large college campus. I was able to meet people from different academic fields, learn about French culture and the cultures of other countries through different events and festivals held at Cite Universitaire. Our college is a commuter school in the center of Paris so the lack of a traditional college campus encouraged me to discover the city more. A lot the other students were also new to Paris, like me, so we enjoyed discovering the city together.
A lire l’interview de Fady Fadel, directeur de l’American School of Paris, sur le potentiel de l’Inde pour l’enseignement supérieur français