RIBA approach

RIBA Approach of IDRAC International School of Management
Organisation and focus of the RIBA module


The RIBA (Raising International Business Awareness) module organised by IDRAC International School of Management  in the first semester of the academic year, is characterized by the following aspects:

o The module consists of 6 courses and a project/case work/paper
o In total, 30 ECTS are offered
o The module is offered in the first semester of the academic year (for the exact dates, please check the folder School – Academic Calendar).
o The module is open to domestic and foreign students, as to allow both parties to be involved in internationalisation and to meet different cultures

RIBA approach of IDRAC International School of Management:

o The RIBA module at IDRAC International School of Management has a strong emphasis on the functioning of the European Union. As Brussels is the heart of the EU, most of the RIBA courses have a clear link with the European institutions or business procedures of the European member states. Belgian business procedures will be compared to those of other European member states, and (if possible) sometimes also to those used in the USA and Asia.
o Moreover, the functioning of the EU will be compared to other world players like NAFTA, WTO, ASEAN. Focus will equally be put on restrictions and law makers.
o However, the courses equally focus on country and culture specific aspects as to allow foreign students to fit in with the guest country as soon as possible.
o The aim is to prepare the student to live and work in a European and multicultural environment, free from the prejudices sometimes preventing a fruitful co-operation.

If you would like to participate in RIBA, you should at least have acquired some start competences (i.e. the knowledge, skills, attitudes you need BEFORE you enter the RIBA module) and you will have acquired final competences (i.e. knowledge, skills, attitudes AFTER having finished the RIBA module). Below you can find these competences in detail:

Start competences
Knowledge:
o Students should at least have acquired 120 ECTS before participating in RIBA. Some of the courses however are a first introduction into a specific subject (such as Networking and Lobbying) but the students taking part in RIBA courses are presumed to have a theoretical commercial/business management background with at least some experience in project/team work
o The students participating should have the English level B1- at least B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
o The students should be able to work with Microsoft Office (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint) and the internet (search engines and email)
o Basic knowledge of EU institutions
o Basic knowledge of general law principles
o Basic knowledge of marketing
 
Skills:
o students are able to do research, make analyses and work on papers, assignments independently
o students are able to work in team
o students are able to express their opinions while at the same time being able to listen to others
o students are able to contribute to discussions in English
o students are able to fluently read and write English

Attitudes:
o enthusiast, willing to learn
o interest in recent political and European developments
o open minded
o flexible
o critical, yet not arrogant
o willing to function in a multicultural environment
o aware of the importance of an international experience
o interactive
o dynamic
o motivated and not easily giving up
o having an own opinion, while at the same time being able to listen to others

Final competences 
Knowledge:
o The students will have an insight into the main lobbying and networking functions and institutions of the EU, as to be found in Brussels
o The students will have an insight into the political processes of lobbying and networking
o The students will be familiarized with issues of European transnational commercial practice
o The students will be aware of the EU competition rules
o The students will be able to respect and integrate existing regulation in European business relationships
o The student will understand the recent economic and political topics involving the EU
o The student will understand the main reasons and developments concerning the enlargement of the EU
o The student will understand how the EU works
o The students will be aware of the difficulties that may arise in the trading business of two or more co-operating European countries
o The students will have an insight into the logistic stream of a ‘trade”
o The students will know how about the different documents needed to finalise an international transaction: trade documents, customs documents and transport documents
o The students will understand the issues underpinning today’s best practices in e-commerce and e-business
o The students will be aware of innovative strategies in the field as well as future trends, including the advent of mobile e-commerce (or m-commerce).
o The students will understand the increasing impact of e-business solutions in e-government


Skills:
o The students will be able to work with an existing company and to achieve real goals 
o The students’ level of English will have improved by learning by doing (by actively using English in classes, group discussions, papers, assignments, …)
o The students will be prepared to live and work in a European and multicultural environment, free from the prejudices sometimes preventing a fruitful international co-operation.

Attitudes:
o Open-minded
o fully recognizing the importance of an international experience
o flexible
o real team player
o very positive towards multicultural influences and movements
o very independent


Overview courses and ECTS of RIBA module at IDRAC International School of Managementl

 Course ECTS
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 TOTAL 30