First and faremost I would like to thank the University of St. Gallen for offering this scholarship and opportunity for international expert learning exposure at the University of St. Gallen’s Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM) in Switzerland to GBSN members. Also, I’d like to extend my gratitude to Dr. Hans-Joachin Knopf and his team for the hard work and life transforming experience during the summer program. I am a Doctoral Candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Wits Business School (WBS) in South Africa, currently working on my PhD research thesis around “women entrepreneurs and sustainability” to influence policy decisions in South Africa and across the globe.
The two-week learning experience was immense, and indeed a vital part of my doctoral studies. The pre-course information and course content was well designed and received timely, for us to prepare. During the two-week stay in Switzerland, I attended Statistical Analysis of Social Network Data offered by Prof. Michael Heaney and Regression: Foundations and Applications Using R, offered by Prof. Brian Pollins.
Network Analysis introduced me to programming and data analysis using R. The course was intense, material well prepared and his teaching style was exciting and fun. At the end of the course, Prof. Michael Heaney was gifted with a Tie as a symbol of appreciation for his selfless attitude and knowledge sharing. In addition, Prof. Michael Heaney organized an hour of networking at the Raddison Blu Hotel, just down the hill from the University, just for us to know our classmates better and form partnerships at the end of his course.
Regression: Foundations and Applications Using R introduced me to linear equations, OLS, GLS and programming amongst others for data analysis. We had class exercises daily and the content of the course material was well prepared, intense, stimulating and more engaging.
In addition to learning, I enjoyed my morning walks uphill to the University, which was great exercise. Moreover, there were many networking opportunities lined up within and outside the University. I got to learn a lot about the Swiss culture, food through daily activities organized by GSERM. Such activities included the welcome dinners, city tours, going into the Cathedral church, sporting activities etc, which were all well-organized ahead of time. The social events also included a visit to the castle unter-eggen, which was near the lake and one could spot Germany on the other side of the lake, which was fun and exciting to observe. My overall experience at GSERM was both fun and valuable towards developing my research skills.
“The two-week learning experience was immense, and indeed a vital part of my doctoral studies.”Musa Chauke
Musa standing inside a cathedral church
Selfie before a networking session with Prof. Micheal Heaney “Raddison blu”
Group photo at the University of St. Gallen
Musa Chauke is a Doctoral Candidate at the Wits Business School (WBS), University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, currently working on her PhD research thesis around “women entrepreneurs and sustainability” to influence policy decisions in South Africa and across the globe.