8 benefits of Industrial Visit for Management Students

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Industrial Visit- Westford University CollegeAt Westford University College, we put a lot of emphasis on holistic learning. We believe learning should not be restricted to four walls. To bring the immersive learning within the business students at Westford, we incorporate industrial visit as part of the curriculum. The aim of these industrial visit is “Education – Exposure – Experience.”

 

The objective of an industrial visit is to provide students with an insight into the corporate world. It provides students with a practical real-world perspective on different functions in organizations such as Marketing, HR, Finance, Operations, Customer Service, Logistics, etc.

Here are 8 benefits of Industrial Visit for business/management students

  • Industrial Visit ( aka IV) brings clarity to important management concepts, as students practical experience first hand how these concepts are put into action.
  • Industrial visit bridge the gap between classroom theoretical training and practical learning in a real-life environment.
  • It provides an opportunity for students to ask questions related to their area of interest.
  • With regular industrial visits, the students are able to identify their prospective area of work like marketing, finance, logistics, etc.
  • This also gives students a platform to enhance their interpersonal skills.
  • The students get to see the best practices opted by different companies for similar work.
  • Since the IV’s are planned in various sectors, students find it easy to select relevant organizations for their assignments.
  • Using the case study approach within the visit to bring out critical thinking among students.

 

Here is a glimpse of Westford students visit Alpha Flight Services, UAE. Westford BABM students got a first-hand view of the food preparation process in the aviation sector and also gained an insight into the supply chain.

Westford Students from Higher National Diploma (HND) Batch had an opportunity to tour the company at Internet city in Dubai & were enthralled by seeing the various R&D projects initiated by 3M. You can also look into that blog ‘A Visit to 3M Innovation Centre, Dubai‘. One of the other industrial visits was Bee’ah, Sharjah you can check this blog also ‘Industry Visit to Bee’ah, Sharjah

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    Designation: Senior Faculty and Business Development Manager- African Region

    Senior Faculty and Business Develop Dr. Renaldo de Jager earned a Doctorate in Technology and Innovation Management from The Da Vinci Institute. With a total of 2 decades of experience as an international management consultant in a variety of sectors, his knowledge is dispersed throughout many consulting businesses across the world. His main focus is on increasing effectiveness and efficiency, as well as increasing productivity and lowering operational expenses. Dr Renaldo provides students with much more than just theory, thanks to his academic credentials and experience in the field. He contributes significantly to the academic field by examining the application of theories and the benefits of doing so, as well as the outcomes.

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    Designation: Guest Faculty and Supervisor

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    Dr Andrew Hambler

    Designation: Chief Examination Officer – Westford UCAM DBA Programme

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    Designation: External Supervisor

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