From USA to Us —— MNSCM students’ IAP Tour Review
By: Yuki Jiang

NSCIIC’s first intake of MIT-Ningbo Supply Chain Management (MNSCM) Program went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2 to complete the next stage of their learning career: Taking part in the Independent Activities Period (IAP).


The seven students in MNSCM program had started preparing for IAP since November, 2018. As a reward for their hard-working and an encouragement for their future learning activity, NSCIIC has covered the airfare and accommodation for them.


IAP provides students a unique opportunity to with a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series and contests. Students will also get the chance to conduct a transcultural communication with students from other centers of MIT Global SCALE network, including USA, Spain, Columbia, Luxembourg and Malaysia.


During IAP, students got to take classes taught by Sanjay Sarma, the Vice President for Open Learning at MIT; Yossi Sheffi, the Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (MIT CTL); Bruce Arntzen, the Executive Director of MIT Supply Chain Management Program, and many other top scholars from MIT.


At the end of this year’s IAP, NSCIIC students have achieved good result, among which, Bin Shao’s group got the champion of Fresh Connection Challenge, and Feng Han’s group won the first prize in Leadership coursework.


Feng Han met a student who studied Supply Chain Management in MIT Center in IAP, they had a deep discussion about their research program when they found out that they shared common interest in blockchain, “I got the chance to learn cutting-edge knowledge and visit top enterprises like AB InBev, Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, etc., which helped me understand more about enterprises’ needs. I will take this as a brand-new starting point, try to improve myself to a higher level.”


Bin Shao said the most important thing he learned from IAP is Teamwork: “Our group has students from Malaysia, Spain, India and China, we have different cultural background and working style. At first, we had disagreed on quite a few matters and all we did is expressing our own ideas but ignored others. However, we learned to agree to differ and find common ground with others, and through continuous discussion, revision and cooperation, we finally came up with the last version and won the recognition from the judges. In short, we learned how to turn ‘me’ into ‘us’ in this IAP tour in USA.”

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