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Abdallah Farid

The ISM Annual Winter Reception was held on December 4th, 2014, in Paris, France. Professor Jack Forget, ISM's President, and Alison Knight, ISM's Director of Recruitment, began by welcoming everyone and the new students enrolled in different programs (MBA, IEMBA, DBA, and PhD). They gave a brief overview about the future plans for ISM, and the forthcoming updates within the school, plus presenting some photos taken for ISM students during their seminars at ISM's partner locations.

Abdallah Farid

I always heard about Montmartre and how charming it is, but until now I didn't have the chance to visit it. So finally last weekend, I decided to join a guided tour in Montmartre. I preferred guided tours rather than self given tours in order to get sufficient information and knowledge of the places I visit. The tour was so amazing and the place was more than charming. It was very nice to find myself in the place that hosts colorful artists, writers, painters, musicians, sculptors and architects. In the past, it was the biggest host for all kind of artists. Let me give you some brief history about this historic place.

Abdallah Farid

Negotiation and conflict resolution was the subject of the last seminar that I attended in Paris. I found it to be very useful, as conflict management plays a vital role in our business and personal lives. Conflict always arises as everyone has different interests, and most of the time nobody wants to compromise. This often leads to negativity and disagreement between individuals, and ends up with fights, unresolved issues, and conclusions that are never reached.

Abdallah Farid

Don’t go to Paris, it’s expensive!

The French people are not friendly.

You will not survive unless you have good knowledge of French language.

These are some of the most popular words of advice that you will hear when you mention that you are planning to study in France. But are they right? Is Paris really an expensive city for students to live in? Are the French people unfriendly? Will you get lost if you don’t have at least a basic level of the French language? The answer is NO- all of what you heard about Paris is untrue. .

Marcela Madero

I started my first job shortly after completing my first degree, and I found that the real workplace was quite different from the classroom and from the internships. It was a rough immersion into the real world. Eighteen years and a number of jobs later, I found myself looking for options to broaden my knowledge and give some additional and fresh theoretical framework to what I have acquired through my work experience. Given my area of work, an MBA came up as the next natural step.

Marcela Madero

I am preparing to leave Liberia for good, with no clear work destination or timeframe to date. After some insane months, I have finally made peace with the fact that I am not the one who gets to choose this time, and that I have no control on the timing of whatever is going to happen. I now have a one-way ticket out of Liberia and into Paris, which is where I will be for my next post , if, of course, my flight does not get cancelled because of the (small) Ebola outbreak affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Some countries in the area have closed borders or banned flights coming from the affected areas. In addition, an 8.3 magnitude earthquake followed by a minor tsunami, and a huge fire which to date has destroyed about 2.500 houses and affected some 12.000 people, have rattled my country in these past weeks. Too many events, too many emotions, too much…

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