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Student Blog – University of St. Gallen’s Global Summer School in Empirical Research Methods

untitled1I am currently a PhD Student of Strategic Management in Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University. I have a Bachelors degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering as well as an MBA before commencing the doctoral journey. I had prior work experience in Banking as a Relationship Manager in the Multilateral, Conglomerates and Private Banking Group of Zenith Bank, as an Investment Banker where he was involved in Project finance, Mergers and Acquisitions and financial advisory and as a Consultant where he was involved in advisory engagements for state governments, large multinationals and local corporates.

I found the 2015 Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM) organized by the University of St. Gallen a life transforming experience and indeed a very valuable part of my doctoral education. The courses were very well designed and had the required rigour and the richness in content. The Professors were excellent and had the patience to bring in the perspective and research interests of all the participants to bear on the discussions in class. Pre-course information and materials were received from the GSERM team very timely and gave us adequate time to prepare and mentally situate our doctoral projects in the context of the research methods we were studying. The outstanding organization of the programme extended to very well organized accommodation for all participants around the University. There were well over 30 courses from where participants could choose the courses that were best suited to their doctoral projects.

There were more than 300 PhD Students and Post Docs from over 50 nationalities studying very diverse courses. Many international research collaboration opportunities with fellow PhD Students and Professors started off in GSERM 2015. There were also very many networking opportunities as the GSERM team lined up several social events within and outside the University that got the numerous participants to bond and also learn from their different experiences and aspirations. To cap it all up GSERM 2015 was an awesome and terrific experience that is highly recommended to every PhD Student and Post Doctoral Fellow.

Nkemdilim Iheanachor is a PhD Student in Strategic Management at Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University in Lagos, Nigeria.