Influenced by the selection of MBA courses, outstanding professors and the opportunity to live in and experience Shanghai, Kristina Likhovid, studying her MBA at SDA Bocconi, felt CEIBS was a no-brainer decision for her MBA exchange.
“Being a SDA Bocconi MBA student in Milan, I wanted to explore and experience Asia and particularly China during an MBA exchange term. CEIBS was an obvious and a top choice for this experience. I knew that I will face a new reality, very different from the Western wold. And certainly, I did: language, style of learning and leadership, as well as basic interactions are different in China vs Europe or North America. However, CEIBS MBA students and professors were very welcoming and helped me to integrate, learn and become a part of the local community.”
Having now finished her studies, Kristina benefits from a truly global network and perspective, “SDA Bocconi network is proactive; however, it covers a different geographic area: Europe. Being a CEIBS alum provides me with an opportunity to keep my hand on the pulse for China development. CEIBS network is also a proactive one and opens opportunities to connect with the companies and contacts in China and APAC regions. I hope to remain an active member of both communities and connect the two (CEIBS/SDA Bocconi) when possible.”
Kristina is a fine example of a CEIBS global alum, Russian/Canadian in nationality, she has studied in Milan and Shanghai and is now living in Amsterdam to pursue her global strategy career with Nike. Kristina has already made some inroads in fulfilling her hope of remaining active in the alumni community by reaching out to the small network of CEIBS alumni living in and around Amsterdam.
When asked for some final words, she said, “Being at CEIBS and Shanghai was a truly inspiring and enriching experience in both academic/ professional and personal ways. You will have an opportunity to work on the cases for the companies that are growing and expanding at that given moment, such as Mobike. At the same time, be a part of the vibrant network, participate in cultural and professional events, and build friendships that go beyond CEIBS doors.”
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