Metropolia Master’s Summer School 2016 offered two courses this August, both worth 5 ECTS: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as Diversity Management (DM). The multidisciplinary courses held by professors Gyewan Moon and James Collins were open for Master’s students in Metropolia and in partner universities as well as for open UAS students.
Around 35 students took part in both courses. Participants from Business, Culture, Health Care and Social Services as well as Engineering, formed multi-disciplinary, international groups sharing expertise and experience on the course topics.
Prof. Gyewan Moon from Kyungpook National University, South Korea, taught the CSR course for the fourth time at Metropolia Summer School. James Collins, who works in Metropolia as a lecturer of Organizational Development and Management Research, had in his Diversity Management course a full group of thirty students who themselves captured the notion of diversity. Culturally, they hailed from Africa and from different parts of Europe; the Finns projecting their origins from different regions of Finland. Add to this, the group was a diverse mix of working experiences, professions, and age, and many different study disciplines such as Business Administration, Business Development, Health Management, Culture and Entrepreneurship.
“To exploit all this diversity and learn from each other, interaction and openness are crucial; this year we found a nicely ‘argumentative’ group, in the most positive sense”, says James Collins.
Many perspectives on Diversity Management
Master’s students Emmanuel Appiah, Anna-Lotta Antniemi-Mouchette and Henna Sjögren were pleased with the Summer School.
Emmanuel Appiah, an International Business MBA-student from Haaga-Helia, applied to study Diversity Management to broaden his views on the topic. He is currently working on a research in Gender Diversity and Leadership Styles.
Anna-Lotta Antniemi-Mouchette, a Master’s student of Health Business Management in Metropolia, applied for summer courses in order to study in a more diverse group and to hear other people’s perspectives about the topics. “The courses also suited well for my timetable. I am currently expecting my first child, so I wanted to gain 10 credits before the baby is born. I respect the flexibility that allows adult students to complete courses in different timetables.”
According to Anna-Lotta, to be able to concentrate on two topics more intensely was refreshing. “The courses were well prepared and planned. I recommend Summer School to all students.”
Henna Sjögren, also a mother-to-be, studies Business Development at Metropolia’s Master Degree program. According to Henna, the Master’s studies have linked very well to her current job in human resources management. In particular her Master’s thesis, which is already well in the works, is directly linked to the development of knowledge management in her employer company.
“Joining the Diversity Management course was a natural choice for me. The topic was interesting and current and has a linkage to my Master's thesis. Completion of the course at this point was important to me as I am becoming a mother in September. The course completes my studies in Strengthening Management Competence -module. In addition to all this, I wanted to practice my English language skills.”
“The course opened my eyes for the importance of diversity in the daily working life; for its challenges and opportunities. There was plenty of discussion and group reflections, which was a nice change for traditional teaching methods", says Henna.
Henna thinks that the Summer School course offering could be even wider. “Some courses could also be carried out digitally, in which case more students would be able to participate, regardless of their life situation.”
Master’s Summer School will be held again in 2017.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Erja Turunen
Development Manager / Metropolia Master’s
Business School, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
tel. +358 (0)40 737 8566
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