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• Center for Personal and
Personalized support has been a core feature of the School for 25 years, and was formalized in the Center for Personal and Professional Development.
Staff in the Center provides support, procedures and qualified personnel to help students with their personal development.
Guidance is provided on all School programs. It varies according to the maturity of the students and takes different forms during the course. The aim of this support is twofold:
- to enable students to discover themselves in order to develop their full potential and be aware of their weak points, and
- to help students construct their educational pathway and make informed choices at the different stages in the course.
During one-to-one or group interviews (4 students maximum), tutors obtain feedback on student expectations and how the course is progressing. Off-campus seminars are a valuable opportunity for students to receive guidance, especially as a less formal relationship between students and Faculty is developed.
Off-campus seminars were introduced in 1982, but their success led to a generalization of the policy in 1986 to cover all three years of the Master in Management program. Subsequently off-campus seminars have been incorporated into the learning process for all the School's programs. Formal and informal student feedback indicates that the off-campus seminars play an important role in the students' self-awareness, knowledge of the program and preparation for professional life.
Student Associations were created in the 1980s as part of the Master in Management program. When the Bachelor of Business Administration was created, the practice was adopted for that course. A Student Associations Project Leader was appointed with the responsibility of coordinating projects, allocating tutors and compiling a 'School Projects Charter'. Student Associations are a formal part of the curriculum, with a specific timetable allocation, and the award of ECTS credits.
These projects have become an 'institution' in the School, a vital opportunity for students to apply theory to practice. Judging by all the feedback from students over the last twenty years, these projects have formed an important part of the course and are undoubtedly one of the lasting memories of the ICN experience for students. The School Project enables each student to contribute to a long-term project. It is also a student's first experience of the practicalities of management.