IBCM, as an international educational institution, strongly believes that being open for new and global knowledge and experience is the key to success in the contemporary world. Therefore, since the beginning of 2013 it became a full member of SPACE - the European network for business, communication and tourism studies, whose motto is: learning by sharing.
Since SPACE was founded in Lille, France, in 1989, the network has been growing to reach a membership of about 90 higher education institutions (HEI) in 30 countries from both the 'old' and emerging new Europe. Space aims at:
* developing educational programmes which maintain a high degree of quality across the range of partner institutions;
* adopting a flexible and online approach to programme provision across its network members;
* encouraging the exchange of students to develop an awareness of other cultures and values;
* encouraging the exchange of staff of partners as a means for staff development and for creation of awareness of different academic cultures;
* sharing expertise and know-how in various disciplines, in project work and other joint initiatives;
* developing in the affiliated institutions a spirit for quality in teaching and a sense for research;
* making education more accessible to all, including underprivileged groups by lowering the thresholds to higher education via the recognition of experiential learning;
* facilitating the bridging of the gap between higher education institutions and the business community and key stakeholders.
For more details please visit the SPACE website.
On the first of May 2013 IBCM became an "International English Language Testing System, (IELTS)" and "English for Speakers of Other Languages, (ESOL)" registration centre and testing venue of the British Council.
From May 2013 onwards, interested candidates can register for and take IELTS and ESOL exams at the IBCM. In order to prepare interested candidates for participating in British Council exams, IBCM will offer specialised English language courses. The exams will be conducted by IBCM and double graded by the British Council. Besides the British Council exams, IBCM also offers "English Preparatory Courses, (EPC)" for potential IBCM students of all age groups.
The International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM) constantly strives to ensure quality for its current and future students. Quality is a common objective which involves all members and internal and external stakeholders of the IBCM and a central tool in all of our services: teaching and learning as well as administration, training and consulting. With regards to its current and future students, the IBCM tries to ensure they receive education and obtain learning outcomes that live up to their expectations.
Therefore, the IBCM continuously evaluates the satisfaction of its students in order to improve its educational and organisational processes. That is why the IBCM conducts a central evaluation amongst its students at the end of each semester. This ensures transparency and a consistent progress monitoring.
The results of the evaluation are displayed in a final report, which is published at the IBCM website, no longer than 8 weeks after the evaluation was conducted.
This student evaluation survey for the first, third and fifth semester students for the winter term 2012-2013 has been conducted during the final examination period of the winter semester amongst all students of the concerning semester or study programme simultaneously. The complete questionnaires were processes by the quality assurance department of the IBCM. The evaluation report is written at the International Business College Mitrovica.
At the time of conduction, 298 students had been enrolled at the IBCM. Of the total student population of the North campus, 33.1% (or 52 students) have participated in the student evaluation survey. Of the total student population of the South campus, 59.5% (or 84 students) have participated. In total, 45.6% (or 136 students) of the entire student population has participated in winter term 2012-2013 student survey.
The overall score on general satisfaction is 2.51 on a 5-point rating scale, with 1-very satisfied and 5-very unsatisfied. The average indicates that in general students are moderately satisfied with the IBCM. Since the IBCM maintains two campuses at distinct locations, this analysis has included a comparison of the general satisfaction. The average for general satisfaction is 2.81 at the South campus, while the score at the North campus is 2.87. One the 5-point rating scale, students provided an overall assessment to the administrative services of 2.78. The overall average on student satisfaction with the education offered at the IBCM is 2.60. The average implicates students are moderately satisfied with the education at the IBCM.
Based on the evaluation results, feedback from the management of the IBCM, the heads of the Academic departments and the Student Representative Council a list with recommendations for follow-up has been drafted, to continuously improve the education and other services the IBCM offers. The actual list is included in the final report, in the Result Summary and Action Plan.
The Quality Assurance department would like to thank all students that have participated in the evaluation survey, and all staff members and students that have provided feedback on the diverse drafts of the report.
Download the evaluation report here.
Mr. Florian Schwarz, Head of Product Marketing at Vip Operator – Macedonia, was a guest speaker at IBCM
Following its motto “From theory to practice” IBCM hosted Mr. Florian Schwarz, Head of Product Marketing at VIP Operator – Macedonia, on 15 October, 2012. The objective of Mr. Schwarz’s visit was to bring the private sector experience closer to the students, and enable them to understand how the theory is applied in practice.
Vip is a private mobile operator in Republic of Macedonia, member of Telekom Austria Group, which has over 23 million satisfied customers in eight countries in the region. It is known as leader of innovations, new services and technologies developed. With the start of Vip, a real competition started in this area. By the size of its market share Vip has become the second mobile operator in RM.
Mr. Florian Schwarz, Head of Product Marketing at Vip Macedonia
Mr. Schwarz gave a presentation of the state of the mobile communications market, and the strategic situation of his company. He explained how Vip grew over the past 5 years and managed to cover market share of 26% today. It was very interesting for the students to understand how the market penetration strategy (for which they have heard in class and read in books) has worked in practice. Mr. Schwarz presented an analysis of Vip’s competitors and used perceptual map and spidergram to present their market position in comparison with Vip. The students realized that some of the tools they study about in their classes are used by the businessmen in the private sector, and they facilitate their decision making process. The guest explained why it was crucial for a company to have a very clear market position based on its competitive advantage and consistently communicate it to the target market. He ended his presentation by listing some of the new trends in the mobile communications industry that must be taken in consideration and adjust strategies accordingly. The students took an active part in discussion on how to cope with opportunities and threats expected in the future in the mobile communications industry. Their feedback showed clear satisfaction with the experience and knowledge gained.
The immediate opportunity for the students to use the knowledge gained from this event will be their semester projects, which are ongoing.
From: IBCM STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICE
Subject: FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSE
Please be informed that you have chance to learn French language, if you are interested to attend course please visit Students Support Service, last date for registration is 12-October-2012.
IBCM – Students Support Service
On the 5th and 6th of September 2012, the International Business College Mitrovica held a graduation ceremony for twenty-eight of its students. The AP degree ceremony marked the culmination of a two year course of study which included an internship and a final thesis.
The ceremony consisted of a number of esteemed speakers, including Jacob Mentz of Lillebaelt University in Denmark, Yannick du Pont, director of SPARK, Valentina Qarri and Dragan Tomic of SPARK Pristina and Mitrovica and Daniel Klee, director of the International Business College Mitrovica. They praised the progress students had made throughout their studies as well as the contributions IBCM had made to local development.
Mr. Klee spoke directly to the proud parents in the room when he said that ‘we want to empower your children to be more successful and prosperous in their careers. They have bright futures ahead of them, whether they be here or abroad, and I´m so proud to call them graduates of IBCM.’
IBCM was also honoured to welcome a number of distinguished local community leaders and representatives of a number of international organizations and local businesses. Local media covered the event.
This graduation marks yet another occasion to celebrate IBCM’s continued progress in bringing quality education to young people in the region and to contribute to its economic growth. Graduate Kristina Nikolcevic comments: ‘One good man cannot build the future alone, we must all be builders. That is what is best about IBCM, they teach us to be builders – local college, global knowledge.’
Among the graduates was one student who was recently awarded a grant to start her own business as well as others who completed internships in various prestigious private firms, municipal bodies and international institutions. IBCM is pleased to extend its warmest congratulations to its graduating students and wishes them the very best of luck in their continued studies or professional careers.
2.5 years after the International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM) opened its doors in March 2009 it will celebrate the graduation of its second cohort of students. The graduation ceremonies will be held at Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at the IBCM North Campus and at Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at the Community Building in South Mitrovica.
Yannick du Pont, SPARK Director and one of the founders of the college, is proud of this success story: “At SPARK we empower young and ambitious people to lead their society into prosperity. The IBCM is an excellent example of our mission.” Added Jelena Djokic, “It was an experiment for all of us, teachers as well as students. Finally we are prospering and this is great”, Jelena is a first generation teacher of the IBCM.
The ceremonies will be held between 12:00 o’clock and 13:30 o’clock on September 5th and between 12:00 o’clock and 14:00 o’clock on September 6th. The International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM) is an internationally registered, not-for-profit educational foundation. The IBCM offers EU licensed two-year vocational professional qualifications in line with the Bologna Declaration. Modules are integrated into the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The IBCM is a collaboration between SPARK, the Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education, the University College Lillebaelt and the European educational network, SPACE.
Students can expand their qualification into a Bachelor degree. Diplomas are issued by the Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education (http://www.eal.dk/). All courses are taught in English by qualified teaching staff, most of whom possess international academic credentials. The study programs offered at the IBCM are:
- Academy Profession degree study program in Marketing and Management, - Bachelor degree study program in International Sales and Marketing,
- Academy Profession degree study program in Public Administration; - Bachelor degree study program in Public Service Management;
- Academy Profession degree study program in Environmental and Agricultural Management; - Bachelor degree study program in Environmental and Agricultural Management.
On Monday 13 August, construction works for the IBCM campus in North-Mitrovica started. SPARK established the International Business College Mitrovica in 2010, operating from temporary locations. With its twin campus in North and South Mitrovica, the IBCM caters for all communities in the Mitrovica region and offers higher vocational education in Business, Public Administration and Agricultural and Environmental Management. The commencement of construction is a milestone in its development.
The construction of the campus is supported by grants from several donors: Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands. The College supports economic prospects for young people in the Mitrovica region and promotes economic development and good governance.
The campus buildings will be an important pillar for the longer term development and self-sustainability for the IBCM. They will also act as focal point for community life, hosting cultural and public events.
When completed, the two campus buildings will together house an auditorium, lecture and work group rooms, computer facitilities, a library, canteen and dormitories, in addition to the the College administration. The buildings are designed to have an excellent environmental performance, and in that sense too, set an example.
According to current planning, construction works in North-Mitrovica should be finalized in 12 months. It is being constructed by CONIN and Markom.
Construction of a campus in South Mitrovica will commence towards the end of 2012.
Dear 4th semester students,
we would like to inform you that the second AP Thesis deadline is Wednesday, 15th of August 2012. For more information please contact IBCM's Student Service Office.
The agro-sector in Kosovo now boasts thirteen more young entrepreneurs; each of them with their own unique ideas for business in the horticulture sector.
These ideas have been supported by the Young Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP) from USAID and by Horticultural Promotion in Kosovo (HPK), supported by HELVETAS Swiss Intercorporation. In this group of thirteen young entrepreneurs is our distinguished student –Miranda Rugova. She both participated in this programme and attended an intensive training programme on developing entrepreneurial skills, followed by an activity on writing business plans.
After putting in an incredible effort during the workshop on business plans, she presented her own work to a professional panel of real-world business leaders such as bankers, investors and consultants.
Using her outstanding presentation skills and new ideas, Miranda convinced the panel that her business plan to cultivate strawberries outdoors is a worthwhile and solid investment
Out of 19 participants on the intensive training program, Miranda won a grant to open up her own strawberry-cultivation business. . The grant won by Miranda is worth 70% of the total amount of the investment plan. Her business is going to be established in the near future in her hometown Vrellë, in the municipality of Istog/Istok
Miranda enrolled in IBCM for the 2010/2011 academic year and since then she has consistently received top marks, and is now experiencing real world success. IBCM is proud of having Miranda as a student and delights in her achievements. Her work and many successes truly bring our motto “From theory to practice” to fruition. Miranda’s business will employ three people in its first year and will eventually hire an additional five to ten employees.
Photo 2: Grant Award Ceremony, from left: Miranda Rugova (Grantee), Nils Rosemann (Swiss Intercooperation), Maureen Shauket (USAID Mission director in Kosovo), Blerand Stavileci (Minister of Agriculture and rural development
International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM) is a higher education institution that was founded in March 2010. Since then, IBCM has made great strides in educating young people from the Mitrovica region and preparing them for both the local and the international job market.
“Two years after the International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM) opened its doors in March 2010 it will celebrate the graduation of its first eleven students on Thursday, 23rd of February 2012.
Yannick du Pont, SPARK Director and one of the founders of the college, is proud of this success story: “At SPARK we empower young and ambitious people to lead their society into prosperity. The IBCM is an excellent example of our mission.” “It was an experiment for all of us, teachers as well as students. Finally we are prospering and this is great”, adds Jelena Djokic, who is a first generation teacher of the IBCM.
The ceremonies will be held between 11:30 o’clock and 13:00 o’clock in the IBCM North campus and between 17:00 o’clock and 18:30 o’clock in the IBCM South campus.
The International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM) is an internationally registered, not-for-profit educational foundation. The IBCM offers EU licensed two-year vocational professional qualifications in line with the Bologna Declaration. Modules are integrated into the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The IBCM is a collaboration between SPARK, the Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education, the University College Lillebaelt and the European educational network, SPACE. Students can expand their qualification into a Bachelor degree. Diplomas are issued by the Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education (http://www.eal.dk/). All courses are taught in English by qualified teaching staff, most of which possesses international academic credentials.
The study programs offered at the IBCM are:
- Marketing and Management
- Environmental and Agricultural Management
- Public Administration
Open Teaching Day at IBCM
Dates: March 20, April 20, May 21, June 20, July 20, August 20, September 20, October 19, 2012
When: 08:30h am - 14:00h pm
Dear Guest Students,
If you are thinking about applying to the International Business College Mitrovica IBCM, (www.ibcmitrovica.eu) this year, then you are very much welcome in attending our Open Teaching Day.
Come and have a look for yourself how we teach, how we learn and find out more about Business Studies (Marketing and Management), Public Administration and Environmental and Agricultural Management.
You will be able to meet students, attend lessons and speak during the break with members of our faculty.
Looking forward to seeing you at IBCM!
In an international addressed tender the German accreditation agency "evalag" , who is registered with the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), has been selected as the European accreditation agency for the International Business College Mitrovica, (IBCM, www.ibcmitrovica.eu). After receiving the no objection statement by IBCM's main donor the "Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency", (SIDA -http://www.sida.se) IBCM informed "evalag" about the cooperation.
"evalag" states on hits homepage: "As a centre of competence for quality and enhancement, evalag supports higher education institutions and other scientific institutions with their commitment for good quality in teaching and learning, research and services." http://www.evalag.de
Welcome evalag also on behalf of our students!
From Monday 31 October 2011 until Wednesday 2 November 2011, IBCM student council-elections will be held at IBCM. The new Student Representative Council (SRC) will be in place the moment the elections results have been confirmed independently by the election committee.
Those who would like to represent the interests of their fellow students within IBCM can candidate during the week of 24 October. Make sure to keep an eye on further notifications to be expected coming week. We hope that you’ll all issue your votes, because it is your voice that is to be heard and your interest that is to be represented here!
IBCM has published the online Timetable which can be accessed at the following link: http://ibcm.edupage.org/timetable/ or by clicking the online timetable icon on IBCM's front page.
On September 9th 2011, in the presence of the SPARK Director Yannick du Pont and the staff of the International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM) the interim Director George Peterson officially handed over to Dr. Daniel Klee.
SPARK Director Yannick du Pont thanked Mr. Peterson for his accomplishments and expressed his gratitude for his contributions towards IBCM. Yannick du Pont also welcomed the new director Daniel Klee wishing him success regarding the further development of IBCM.
In his farewell address, Mr. Peterson underlined the importance of the students’ education from the perspective of personal development contributing to their future economic outlook.
|26 September 2011||New semester starts|
|28 – 30 September 2011||2nd and 3rd Semester Final re-sits|
|28 November 2011 – 2 December 2011||Project Week|
|12 December – 16 December 2011||Project Week Presentations|
|26 December 2011 – 8 January 2012||Winter Holiday|
|11 January – 17 January 2012||Trial Exams|
|20 February – 24 February 2012||Final Exams|
A group of IBCM PA Students with local NGO leaders
|Last week, the IBCM students from the department of Public Administration in the south, together with their Professor Mr. Ibrahim Krasniqi, were invited to a round-table discussion held by a local Non-Government Organization (NGO), together with the British Embassy. Topics discussed included organized crime and illegal wealth. Students learned how these issues present an obstacle to the development of the region. A number of public sector organizations took place in the discussion, including local and international actors.
This event provided a great opportunity for IBCM students because they became more familiar with the format of international debates. This will be of value to them as future public administrators. In addition, as a result of the discussion, the students became more knowledgeable about the daily work in the public administration sector.
On Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th at 13:00, IBCM will organise Open Days for anyone who is interested. If you want to get to know our teaching staff, see the facilities, or meet current students, you should definitely come to one of our open days!
Visiting one of our Open Days is the perfect way for anyone interested in studying at IBCM to come and have a look around and talk to the people who know our College the best . You can expect a guided tour through the premises, a presentation by one of our international lecturers and current students sharing their IBCM experiences.
The session will be closed with music, food and drinks!
International Business College Mitrovica has appointed a new director. His name is George Peterson. Mr. Peterson has a very rich academic career and a powerful background which will to help the “IBCM community” (as he preferred to call it) to grow with successful students but at the same time help the college recruit new future students.”
Could you tell us something about yourself? Your education, previous working experience, hobbies, achievements?
My background is not academic, it has been mostly in international business, in particular technology business, and my educational background contains degrees from Cornell University in the US. I am a certified public accountant, in the private sector I spent over 30 years where I have mostly worked in high technology companies, starting as an engineer, functions in finance, chief operating officer, chief executive officer I have just finished a three year experience helping to launch the Solbridge International School of Business which is based in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to that, I launched the American University of Nigeria as part of a team from American University of Washington, to do that my wife and I spent three years in Nigeria launching that school.
Why IBCM and what were your expectations about the college?
Firstly I’ve found that higher education is very important. I have retired from corporate work and I have looked for opportunities where I can help establish quality institutions of higher education that can make use of my background in industry and operating experience. People in different countries do business with each other, when they do business they have understanding and they are economically dependent and those relationships have a tendency to minimize war. You have economic dependency, so there is something I feel positive about doing business in a multicultural background, it helps stimulate understanding.
Have you had the chance to see the classes or some organizational activities so far?
I have tried to meet many people, I have seen the facilities, and I am impressed that the temporary facilities show quality. I had a group meeting with the whole faculty staff and I am very impressed with their dedication.When I get back in May, I will talk one on one with individual students and the faculty staff. In fact I am very impressed to know that the faculty staff besides their academic degrees they have also practical work in business sector.
What are your main objectives?
The short term objective is to help share my experience and start a new school with my managerial background. So that the school will have the capacity to grow smoothly and secondly to work with everybody in the community, students, faculty, students’ families, to help us ensure that we will have 150 highly qualified students coming in September, in order to help grow our community.
One of the things which I plan to do is to complete a student survey. To ask students what they think about the school. Getting their opinion on why they came to IBCM compared to other schools, we will get the feedback and ask some other questions to students, so they can also get feedback from their parents. I doubt that students make decisions by themselves; the decision is usually made by students with their parents. When we get that feedback and see our strengths and unique aspects of our school. We think it is the English language, a temporary curriculum, international, high quality, but let’s hear what other people think. That way we can then go out and represent the school to potential new students, if it is not quite true, we can explain it, and if it is not correct we’ll fix it. So we can all have an extensive growth of our educational community around here, and we all want to bring high quality students, based on past experiences with two previous generations.
The survey is something to start with. Is the student council part of the changes?
We will have a student council. The IBCM has acted very quickly and chose the representatives. I hope… will be elected and initially to get things going quickly. Student council is very important. As the school grows and it gets too big, you’ll need to have representatives who can speak on behalf of a broader group of people. My objective is that student council should not be collecting points of complaining. Student council should be an active part of the community that can propose suggestions how to make things better.
Dear IBCM Community,
I am glad to inform you that we have appointed Dr. Daniel Klee as the new Director of the IBCM and George Peterson as the Director of the IBCM on an interim basis.
Dr. Klee has an educational background in Horticulture and International Agriculture, a MSc in Agricultural Education, and a PhD in Education. He has worked in and around Bhutan, Belarus, and Azerbaijan. His last job was in Saudi Arabia with the Technical Training College. Dr. Klee is married and has three children. He will start at IBCM in August 2011.
For the interim period (till September 1st), we have appointed George Peterson who will start Wednesday, April 20. George just finished his job in Seoul as the Vice President of International Relations at SolBridge International School of Business.
I want to welcome Dr. Klee (Director) and Mr. Peterson (interim Director) to the IBCM. I am confident that he they will both contribute to the further development of IBCM.
Yannick du Pont
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Field lecture of Public Administration Spur in the Public Institutions in Prishtina
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
During last week we as a group of Public Administration spur according to the learning agenda were having field trip lecture in the city of Prishtina visiting Municipality Court and Ministry of Local Government Administration.
During our lectures we learned a lot about public administration, duties and responsibilities but we always need to see how Public Administration functions in practice. Finally we achieve this goal during the visit that was organized at the 08.05.2011 in Prishtina. It was great experience to see in the place and have direct information how the institutions of Public Administration function, what is and hierarchy and structure of Public Administration.
Firstly we went to the Municipal Court companied from our lecturer Mr. Pula and Mr. I.Krasniqi and we were briefly informed about their duties, their administration structure, work discipline, their responsibilities. Even that was short meeting students raised lot of the questions about issues with whom deals the Municipality Court.
Later we have visited the Ministry of Local Government Administration. We were companied from our lecturer I.Krasniqi and this was the most interesting part, very well organized field lecture. The General Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Besnik Osmani introduced very clearly how the public administration works, explained structure and duties, responsibilities and as well role and relationship between central and local governance. We raised many question about public administration and he explain to us in more details all issues that were raised from us. We talked as well about decentralization and he explained practically advantages and disadvantages of this process which is in the first stage in our country. We discussed also about lot of other topics related to public administration and General Secretary explained us in very understandable way which helps us to be more prepared for the future lessons.
This was our first experience that International Business College Mitrovica offered to us because we have learned very interesting things which are from great importance to us and we hope that this is not the last visit in Public Institutions that we do and it will be our pleasure to visit another institutions in the future.