International Immersion Program of IIM Sirmaur at SDA Bocconi, Milan, Italy

The three week credited international immersion program for students of IIM Sirmaur at SDA Bocconi, Milan concluded today. The program was held between June 11 2018 at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy. It was a one-of-a-kind program offered by IIM Sirmaur in collaboration with SDA Bocconi which aimed at providing 360-degree immersive learning experiences by means of in-class sessions, case analysis, simulations, company visits and various activities that provided insight into Italian and European culture.

The program marked inclusion of areas of operations, supply chain and project management etc., besides reflection on broadly international business and global economy. The custom program complemented the IIM Sirmaur curriculum with an added exposure to the dynamics of the European economy, operations of leading European automobile manufacturers. Select SDA Bocconi Faculty who delivered the sessions included Prof. Olga Annushkina's, Prof. Andrea Dossi, Prof. Framcesco Gallman, Prof. Vitiliano Fiorillo and Prof. Silvia Zamboni.

The closing ceremony was presided by Prof. (Dr.) Neelu Rohmetra, Director, IIM Sirmaur, Prof. Giovanni Tomasi, Director of Corporate Custom Program and Prof. Olga Annushkina, SDA Bocconi School of Management in which the students were awarded course completion certificates.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Giovanni and Prof. Olga congratulated the students and appreciated their interactive participation during the sessions.

Prof. (Dr.) Neelu Rohmetra, Director, IIM Sirmaur, while thanking SDA Bocconi organizing team hoped that the program served its desired objective whereby the students were trained and engaged by world class faculty of SDA Bocconi and its allied corporate alliances. She highlighted the importance of IIM Sirmaur's association with Bocconi School of Management and established how both the institutes are looking forward to a long, symbiotic partnership. It is pertinent to mention that SDA Bocconi School of Management is one of the top European Schools in the world rankings and is positioned at 7th rank globally in custom program ranking.

The first week of the International Immersion Program at SDA Bocconi began with Prof. Olga Annushkina's delivery of macroeconomic aspects and effect of demographics on the Italian economy. This discussion was followed by a walking tour to the wonderful Duomo di Milano cathedral, the Milan stock exchange and the Castle Sforzesco di Milano. An indepth session on global, multinational and transnational strategies, study of the Ferrari and the mesmerizing visit to Museo di Ferrari concluded the course on International Business in the first week of the Immersion program.

The second week of the program started with a visit to the 'Ricci Curbastro Winery in Franciacorta, where students had the opportunity to understand Mr. Gualberto Ricci Curbastro's understanding of the market. The students were asked to develop an international market strategy for Ricci Curbastro. This visit was followed by an engaging session on International Finance by Prof. Andrea Dossi, who laid down the framework to study challenges of managing a multinational corporation. The course on Operations Management started with a proactive class by Prof. Framcesco Gallman. The sessions in this course covered the study of efficiency and utility. The discussion on Lean management started with a study of principles and performance measurement tools necessary for lean management. The torch simulation exercise that was included in the class was a great practical experience for both the groups that participated. The visit to Maserati translated the learnings from Prof. Gallman's classes into the real world.

The final week of the Program was about Supply chain management and Project management, taught by Prof. Vitiliano Fiorillo and Prof. Sylvia Zomboni respectively. The soccer game between IIM Sirmaur and SDA Bocconi was also organized which was highly appreciated.

Prof. Diviani Chaudhuri, Prof. Vikas Kumar and Prof. Pradipta Patra accompanied the students on behalf of IIM Sirmaur.

Broadly, the knowledge addition regarding the business models used in Europe was a fruitful outcome of the International Immersion Program, which evolved learning experience around the application of concepts to practical working in international context. In addition, the amiable people, their art and culture made the stay in Italy a memorable experience for the participants.