O-Week for GSM Masters cohort

14 October 2013

The Business School welcomed its first GSM Masters cohort to the Owen G Glenn Building on 16 September. More than 100 students from across the world arrived to begin an intense five-day orientation programme.

The first day of the orientation started with a bang. After the students were welcomed by Business School Dean Professor Greg Whittred and GSM Masters Programme Director Susan Laurenson, they were thrown straight into warm-up activities led by the Teaching and Learning staff, designed to help them settle into the Business School, build friendships and start to develop their communication and negotiation skills.

The cohort spent the rest of the day racing around Auckland on a treasure hunt, being welcomed onto Waipapa Marae with a traditional pōwhiri and kapa haka performance, and taking part in a photo session and welcome reception.

For the next two days students got down to business, completing workshops on cross-cultural communication, working in groups, and business across the world with the Teaching & Learning team, as well as hearing presentations from the Careers Centre, International Office, Student Services and Club Fair.

For the final day of Orientation, students were asked to look at a case study about a local New Zealand business, which led them to the Edge Rock Climbing Centre in Panmure. Students took the opportunity to have fun on the rock climbing walls, while investigating The Edge’s business model and ongoing business strategy.

It was an exhausting but enjoyable week for the students, some who had arrived in New Zealand only the day before Orientation started.

One student commented: “It was an amazing experience and I had so much fun the entire week!”

The students began their classes on September 23.