77 new MBA students from The Alba MBA and MBA in Shipping, began their Alba journey in an exciting way during the annual team-building event, that took place on Sunday September 9th.
Our new students came together at the premises of the American College of Greece, where for one full day engaged in games and interactive educational activities aiming to strengthen their team spirit, a cornerstone skill for their progress in the program. The overall purpose of this event is to instill Alba's values via a unique set of activities, which allows students to bond, have fun and at the same time realize the responsibility they have towards society both as citizens and as future leaders.
From day one we want Alba MBA students to realize that as business leaders every decision they make brings along heavy moral baggage; their decisions can and will affect the well-being of close or distant others. Thus we transformed our MBA induction event, from a simple team building to an opportunity to support our mission to educate the visionary leaders of tomorrow, who will be the agents of change for a society where human rights are respected, labor is honored, the environment is protected and corruption is nonexistent.
We tried to pass on this important message in partnership with ActionAid Hellas and we invited them to play with our students the ‘Greatest Game Against Poverty, a game designed by ActionAid Hellas and inspired by the board game "Snake & Ladder". This experiential game raises awareness on human rights all over the world.The players get to experience in a safe environment what could easily happen to them in real life: while moving they could become a little girl from Afghanistan who has managed to go to school, a mother trying to protect her children after the Nepal earthquake, a Palestinian trying to go to work, an Athenian who tries to overcome Greece's crisis! Each roll of the dice was lurking overturns and team/players to win were those who manage to claim all their rights during the game.
It was a very powerful experience which triggered stimuli, emotions and deeper thoughts. By the end of the game our new students were overwhelmed and at the same time impressed by the important and necessary work of ActionAid worldwide.
On top of the activities, new students attented short presentations by Associate Dean of Academic Program, Dr. Stefanos Zarkos, who welcomed them to the Alba family and shared some i "survival" tips and also Associate Dean of Enrollments Dr. Kyriakos Kyriakopoulos who spoke about Alba's values and "Business Unusual" DNA.