Competition is at the heart of any business. It is the heart check of a company, proving if the team is up to the task at hand or if there is someone else that can satisfy the market better than them. This is the main reason behind our classes having group projects in which they are pitted against each other, and no other competition here at Schiller Madrid is as intense as Professor Jose Pinto’s Gladiator Games.
During this years Annual Gladiator Games, the Cross-cultural Communication class was divided into different teams, in which each had to present an expansion proposal for the location of the next SIU campus.
The teams analyzed different countries, including Argentina, India, and Switzerland, their infrastructure, higher education system, university life, and their position regarding an international setting. Once this was completed, they found a city where the campus would have the best environment to provide opportunities for students around the globe to build their international career.
Every city had its strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes the political situation was not the most stable for investors to believe in an international campus, while in other cases it was the country’s intricate law system that required a partnership with a local firm. Nonetheless, every campus offered future students the opportunity to continue building their careers upon the same premise we have built our university, “To prepare students, personally and professionally, for future leadership roles in an international setting.”
In the end, there could only be one winner, so congratulations to Team Switzerland for presenting a convincing proposal to our President, Dr. Manuel Alonso Puig, and Campus Director, Isabel Campbell. Stay tuned for the Gladiator Games of 2019!