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May 2012

Lee's Blog

Doing Business in Europe 2012

Since arriving in Groningen we have had some time to settle in and take in some of the sights (one of which was the FC Groningen “football” stadium). Now the real work begins!
Today was our second day of classes and I must say the topics being discussed are quite interesting. We are, of course, creating a market entry plan for a particular product under the guidance of professors Steve Crick and Jaan Kets. The concepts of market entry are many and I believe it would be safe to say we are all learning lots.
I personally enjoy the country specials which are one hour classes where we learn about what’s necessary when doing business with a particular country. So far we have covered the Netherlands, Spain, Eastern Europe and France.
Tonight we have a “pub quiz”, no one will tell us exactly what it entails, but I’m sure it will be fun!

Lee Davidson
NSCC Business Administration Student

Posted by NSCC Intl 12:59 Archived in Netherlands Tagged the netherlands business nova scotia nscc Comments (1)

Alex's Blog

Doing Business in Europe 2012

Tonight marks the end of day three of the program "Doing Business In Europe" in Groningen, The Netherlands. Although every day has been amazing, I think today might have been the best day yet. We started our day by finally getting our bikes. We got a tour of the city, along with a tour of the Stadium of FC Groningen. This was very interesting for me because I'm a huge soccer fan. Or as they call it here in The Netherlands, football. After this we got to eat the best pancakes I've had on a boat. In the afternoon we got to relax in the sun on the beach. We finished our day with an all you can eat Chinese Buffet. I think the highlight of the day was definitely getting our bikes. It's very enjoyable to ride through the city. I even got to ride "Dutch"!

Alex Baltzer,
NSCC Business Student

Posted by NSCC Intl 12:35 Archived in Netherlands Comments (0)

Sally's Blog

Doing Business in Europe 2012

Sunday, May the 27th, was a sunny, warm, and beautiful day in Groningen.
We left Nova Scotia on Friday as a group of nine excited students; full of anticipation for the adventure we were about to embark on.
After a few plane rides, a train, a bus and a little walk with our luggage (Note to students travelling in the future, try to pack light!!). We arrived at Kornoeljestraat- our home for the next three weeks. We each found our room and took a few minutes to get settled. We had a few snags with trying to get our adapters to work but I was very relieved when I figured out how to use mine. After that long travel you might think we were tired out. But not us super-troopers, next up was a stroll to the supermarket to gather food and supplies to keep us energized. The prepackaged foods are fresh and look delicious. I gathered some pasta, fruits, and cheeses to cover myself for a few days.
Everyone came back to the dorm to put our groceries away but the day doesn’t end there.
Next our journey took us by bus to downtown Groningen.
The streets were alive with people. They were eating on patios, dancing to DJs, and cycling in every direction; the vibe was amazing.
We picked a random restaurant with incredible architecture and had a fabulous first meal.
A marvelous first night was had by all!

Sally Grant
NSCC Business Administration student

Posted by NSCC Intl 12:44 Archived in Netherlands Comments (1)

Business Summer School in the Netherlands Kicks Off!

Doing Business in Europe 2012

For the second year in a row a group of first-year students from the NSCC School of Business is participating in summer school program "Doing Business in Europe" at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands. As part of this three-week program a group of nine students from three campuses, Kingstec, Truro and Waterfront, will have the opportunity to learn about business practices in Europe, visit a number of companies and experience the Dutch culture. A total of 21 participants from Canada and the US are part of this year’s summer school. Our wonderful hosts at Hanze University have once again put together an excellent program. Best wishes to our students for a productive and enjoyable learning experience in beautiful Groningen.

Zoran Kondali
NSCC International

Posted by NSCC Intl 12:57 Archived in Netherlands Tagged netherlands europe groningen business nova scotia nscc Comments (0)

Rachel's Blog

International Tourism Study Tour of Belize

Dis Da Fi Wi last Day in Belize…
Today started off like almost every other day in Punta Gorda, at Grace’s when our faithful (and awesome) guide Wilfred gave us a great surprise, we didn’t have to eat at Grace’s again that morning for Breakfast! So off we all went running to the Snack Shack for a fabulous breakfast of Waffles and Burritos and toast.
Today was our big travel day before heading back to Canada, and as we were all a little sad to be leaving Punta Gorda, most of us are getting excited to make the long trip home. So we started off on our bumpy four hour ride to the Cedar Cabins. It was an uneventful ride other than bumps bigger than most of our houses and random off-key sing-alongs, but it was all in good fun. Later the real adventures would come.
As we arrived at the Cedar Cabins just outside of Belize City, we were disappointed to find out that the pool we’ve all been eagerly awaiting has been out of commission for a month or so. Disappointing but we quickly bounced back after deciding to head into Belmopan City where we explored a small part of the Capital City and enjoyed the luxury of a fancy coffee shop and Brodie’s Super Mart. All in all, it got us out of our rooms for the day and out of our funks about the pool. As we arrived back from Belmopan City, the excitement started to rise, as two of our girls were getting tattoos this evening by a local artist by the name of Beto. Turns out he is quite talented as he fixed Sarin up with an amazing Gecko and Lauren with her Mayan Symbol. All in all it was an interesting evening with a celebrated dinner of Spaghetti and Garlic Bread. A card game ended our last evening in Belize or so we thought... Turns out Adam had a few large “Adam-eating” visitors (Tarantulas) in his bed, lucky for him, we had 20 spare beds for him to bunk in.
Overall it’s been an amazing, crazy, life-changing experience in Belize for two weeks and I can’t imagine doing this with any other group of people. It’s been certainly interesting and we look forward to seeing you all on the other side of that plane.

Rachel Smith
NSCC Tourism Management Student
Pictou Campus

Posted by NSCC Intl 07:16 Archived in Belize Tagged belize tourism nova scotia Comments (0)

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