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Why DCU Business School's Induction Programme is BEST

24th September 2009

New undergraduate students at DCU Business School have been finding their way, literally and figuratively, at the university this week.

BEST is our innovative induction process for first year students and is designed to accelerate students' transition to learning at third level. It is currently run for students on all Business School programmes and for students of the ALIS and ENGLIC degree courses, taught by the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies.

The BEST programme takes place the week before lectures and is run over two days. The programme includes imaginative workshops and exercises. These activities is to allow the students to learn team-working skills; consider their learning styles; familiarise themselves with campus and get to know their class-mates in a relaxed environment.

Students take part in a business game – a computer-based simulation where they make decisions about running a ‘virtual’ chocolate company. The winning team, who made a significant profit on their investment, comprised Nikita Patak, Niamh Penrose, Abina Philip, Laura Whelan, Olaoluwa Ajibola and Thomas O'Toole. They were presented with winners' plaques and DCU goodies by Aoife McDermott, lecturer in HRM at DCU Business School and coordinator of the BEST programme.

The poster competition was won by Aoife Curran, Joseph, Stanley Keegan, Fabienne Aregger and Chris Jeffrey, for their creative poster themed "DCU - Join the Tribe". The winners were praised by Prof. Darach Turley, professor of marketing at DCUBS, for their clear message and catchy slogan.

BEST is a fun way of breaking the ice and making friends as well as getting motors running for the year ahead. Congratulations to all students who completed the programme! We look forward to working with you in the year ahead.

Poster competition winners, Aoife Curran, Joseph, Stanley Keegan, Fabienne Aregger, Chris Jeffrey pictured with (centre) Prof Darach Turley of DCU Business School

Winning "DCU - Join the Tribe" Poster

BEST Business Game winners Nikita Patak, Niamh Penrose, Abina Philip, Laura Whelan, Olaoluwa Ajibola and Thomas O'Toole

BEST Business Game Winners' Trophies