Aston students compete in MBA Regatta

MBA regatta

17 September 2014

A group of Aston Business School students and alumni put their teamwork skills to the test at the Cranfield MBA Regatta 2014. 

The Cranfield MBA Regatta is the oldest event of its kind in Europe, bringing together MBA students from across the world in one of the most eagerly anticipated, competitively charged sporting occasions in the business school calendar.  

The Regatta, held last month, also provides excellent networking opportunities. It allows MBA students to meet their peers from other leading business schools and put into practice the leadership and organisational skills they have developed throughout the year.

Aston’s team of MBA students was placed 11th overall in the competition out of 19 participating boats. Aston also outperformed many other teams in two races in particular, being placed 5th and 7th.   

Director of MBA Programmes, Dr Brigitte Nicoulaud said:At Aston we know that studying our MBA is not just about the practical skills and academic excellence achieved; equally as important are the rest of your cohort. We encourage students to learn from each other, as well as to make strong contacts who will be friends and business contacts for many years to come. Taking part in events like the Regatta helps to further cement these bonds, in addition to being a great deal of fun and a chance to unwind.”

Speaking about his experience of competing at the event, Gaurav Khaitan said: Career success is not just about how much we know. It is also about the soft skills. An Aston MBA helps develop skills like this. And events like the Cranfield Regatta are one of the many ways Aston helps you to develop the soft skills vital for career and business success. Yacht racing is an ideal way to test leadership, team working and building, decision making under pressure.”

The Aston team was made up of students Gaurav Khaitan, Charles Aluge, Grand Opaskornkul, Daniel Sira, Raul Roustand-Canales and Aston alumnus and Director of Strategy at Cogent Elliott Alan Gilmour.

Visit the Aston MBA team’s page on Facebook to view all of the photographs from the event.


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