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Our brand in action: experiential learning

By Julia Marsh, Associate Dean Degree Education

As a school we pride ourselves on offering our students an exceptional learning experience, both inside and outside of the classroom. With our portfolio of Early Career programme GIFTs (Global Immersion Field Trips) recently revamped and Kirstie Papworth, the new Executive Director for Student Experiential Learning, joining us this month, it's timely to reconsider why experiential learning continues to be a central pillar of the degree programme experience.

Experiential learning has long been part of the curriculum at LBS – with the Sloan programme the first to include a regular international experiential element more than 20 years ago. Today, every degree programme student experiences significant learning outside the classroom, whether locally here in London, or globally – together totalling more than 1,500 student experiences in 20 locations worldwide just in this academic year.

These experiences allow students to grow and flourish by placing them in unfamiliar territory and developing their knowledge and skills in real-world settings. They are designed to deliver a powerful and tangible impact, both for our students and those they work with.

For example, a group of our Early Career students (pictured above) have just returned from a week working with a social enterprise supporting women farmers in Nepal. Through the ‘Soil to Sale’ project, the six students, under the supervision of Rupert Merson, Adjunct Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, developed plans to scale up production, devise a marketing strategy as well as build the case for investment. The client was delighted with the actionable recommendations and we plan to continue this mutually beneficial relationship for the future, supporting their business as it develops.  

These experiences touch upon the values that are at the very heart of our brand – those of openness, curiosity, inspiration and our vision to empower students to have a profound impact on the way that the world does business. Experiential remains a priority into the next academic year and I look forward to sharing our new developments with you as they arise.