An opportunity to study in India seemed to be an exciting offer that Camille Wambst just could refuse. With this in mind, Camille came down to Chennai’s Loyola Institute of Business Administration for a three-month student exchange programme in the second year of her PGDM programme.
A student of management at KEDGE Business School in France, Camille attended the exchange with nine other batchmates from the same institute. When asked about how different is the pedagogy and course curriculum in France from that in India, she said, “LIBA demanded more involvement and class participation. It is a real exchange between students and professors in class. Also, the number of home assignments that are given are a lot more in India.”
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The exchange experience will definitely help in her career, Camille believes. “I learned some theories at LIBA, particularly in Marketing – which is the field I want to work in. The exchange programme has also helped me improve my English language, which will surely help me in the future.” Read on to know about her exchange experience at LIBA.
“I felt that the pedagogy and way of studying at LIBA is quite different from France. The institution demanded more involvement and class participation. It is a real exchange between students and professors in class. Also, the class strength and the number of home assignments that were given were a lot more in India.”
Excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself – your family, education, your college and your hometown.
Camille: I come from a little village in the north of France where I grew up with my parents and my elder sister. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Entertainment and Media Management at KEDGE Business School in France.
Careers360: Was LIBA the only institute option or did you choose among other institutes? Why did you choose to study at LIBA?
Camille: LIBA was a choice among a lot of other universities in the world. However, I chose to study in LIBA to experience something completely new, be it the culture or the way of studying, and it proved me right.
Careers360: Which course were you pursuing at LIBA as part of the exchange programme? What is the duration?
Camille: We were studying five different courses at LIBA during the term of our exchange - Strategic Marketing Management, Entrepreneurship, Strategic HR Management, Counselling, and International Marketing. The exchange programme lasted three months.
Careers360: Tell us the details of the programme in terms of the course curriculum, pedagogy, industry exposure etc.
Camille: I felt that the pedagogy and way of studying at LIBA are quite different from France. The institution demanded more involvement and class participation. It is a real exchange between students and professors in class.
Careers360: What were the challenges you faced and how did you tackle them?
Camille: The challenges were more about the difference of culture than about the exchange programme in LIBA. We all had to get used to little things like the Indian accent. It was really difficult to understand and communicate in the beginning, eat with our hands, being always dressed to cover the legs and shoulders. The dressing part is something which we do not do in France when it is so hot. We also had to get used to the temperature. Indian people are helpful and they helped us when we had any of these difficulties to tackle.
Careers360: How many students from your university/country are pursuing the exchange programme at LIBA? Are there students from other countries as well?
Camille: We were nine exchange students from KEDGE and were the only exchange students in LIBA at that time.
Careers360: Did you arrange your own accommodation for the exchange programme? Or was it arranged for you by LIBA?
Camille: LIBA Chennai was generous and helpful enough to arrange accommodation for us exchange students.
Careers360: How did you prepare yourself for the exchange programme? Were you given any guidelines by your university as such to be followed during the programme?
Camille: I didn’t make any preparations as such nor were we given any particular guidelines at KEDGE regarding the exchange.
Perhaps, the only thing I had to bring was some medicine amongst other things which we thought that we won't find in India. There was nothing in particular regarding the programme.
Careers360: How do you plan to utilise this experience in your programme and career?
Camille: Firstly, I’d like to say that the LIBA experience was something I will never forget. Secondly, I learned some theories during the exchange programme in LIBA particularly in Marketing – which is the field I want to work in. This will help me in my career.
The exchange programme has also helped me improve my English language which will surely help me in the future.
Careers360: According to you, what are the major differences between education in your country and education in India?
Camille: The major difference is in the class strength and the number of home assignments that were given which was a lot more in India. Also, one major difference is that in France, the professors decide what they will be teaching in class without anybody watching over their courses. In India, it seems like professors have a lot less freedom.
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