International Business School alumnus Paolo Raposo graduated ten years ago. In May 2008 he came back to Groningen to visit the IBS Reunion. He looks back at his study time at Hanze UAS.
Why did you decide to study at IBS in Groningen?
‘I really liked the international component of the programme. At the time the Master of Science in International Business had a partnership with the Sheffield Hallam Business School and on top of that the mix of nationalities was also very appealing to me. I also found that the balance between quality and price was very good. All in all, it was a good value for money option.’
How did you experience your time at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen?
‘It was a very positive experience. The campus was great. And during the reunion I saw that it is even better now! The teachers were good, the colleagues were excellent. All in all the year flew by.’
What was the best moment of your study here?
‘I can go for the cliché answer and say that it was the graduation ceremony! However the honest answer is that throughout the year all moments were great. From the initial 'get to know each other' event, to the hard work of the group assignments, to the relaxed moments we had outside school activities. All those moments were great.’
What are you doing right now?
‘I'm currently the lubricants pricing manager for Europe working for BP (British Petrol, ed.). I am married, have one child and live close to Lisbon, Portugal.’
Has your education at IBS played a crucial role in your current career?
‘The study came at a crucial time of my life. I was already working for a multinational company at that time. Just after I graduated as a Master of Science in International Business, I changed countries and jobs. I worked in The Netherlands for four years. Having this degree definitely helped me open doors, not just in the job hunting phase but also internally in BP.’
What is the most important thing you learned at IBS?
‘Intercultural is not just a fancy term of text books. I had great moments with my fellow students. We had more than ten different nationalities in our group! I learned a lot from them and still keep friendships going with some of them after all these years.’
What was your favourite spot at Hanze UAS or in Groningen?
‘The local supermarket in the neighbourhood I was living, because they had a kind of sweet yoghurt, boerenvla, which was delicious. I could not find it anywhere else. I still miss it today!’