Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Welcome to our New Students

Last Thursday afternoon we gathered at the University of Sydney Business School to welcome our newest students to the course. The evening began with a short introduction by Pennie Frow, Course Coordinator, and Ellen Garbarino, Chair of the Discipline of Marketing, followed by brief speeches by current students Duncan Bell and Marco Tomaselli.

As the evening wore on, and we all got better acquainted, it was great to see a very diverse group joining our existing cohort. We have students coming from China, Germany, France and the Philippines (among many other nations), and with varied academic and industry backgrounds. So in a bid to make the transition for our new students much smoother, this evening was also the inauguration of the very first ‘Buddy Program’ – an initiative involving current students providing ongoing assistance to the new cohort during the first few weeks of this semester.

Christine Drpich and myself, in particular, look forward to seeing how this program pans out as classes begin, and we hope that our new students find it beneficial. As mentioned on the night, a great advantage of the Master of Marketing course is that every student has unique experiences and skills to bring to the classroom, so it is very important that we all understand from the beginning what we can learn from each other, as much as from the material and lecturers in the course.

So although we’re soon to say goodbye to some of our existing cohort who are reaching the end of their Master of Marketing degree, we look forward to getting to know our new students, and seeing them in the classes that begin this week.

Salil Kumar
Current student in the Master of Marketing program at the University of Sydney Business School

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