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Cass FTMBAs hiked one of Iceland’s volcanoes as part of International Consulting Week

by Sophie Cubbin (PR and Communications Manager)

Cass Business School MBA students have completed the highly demanding physical challenge of climbing one of Iceland’s most spectacular glaciers, Mt. Eyjafjallajökull.

This adventure was part of the Cass FTMBA Leadership Expedition and marked the end of this year’s client work in Rekjavik for MBA International Consulting Week in Iceland.

This is the first time a Cass MBA cohort has attempted to tackle Eyjafjallajökull, which hides under its ice caps the volcano that brought Europe to a standstill in 2010.

With a steep 12 hour ascent up the volcano to reach the top, the climb was no easy feat for the students.

"Resilience, determination, collaboration and personal leadership are sought-after qualities in MBA graduates,” said Dr Sionade Robinson, Associate Dean ‘Students needed to be physically and psychologically prepared for this activity. The Cass MBA Leadership Expedition was designed to challenge them - half of the climb was on the glacier and required special glacier safety measures and equipment.”

“We are incredibly proud of all those students who took part - it was a huge achievement. The feedback from them is that they have benefited both personally and professionally from this exciting, challenging and exclusive leadership development experience, gaining insights into the importance of timing, decision making and leadership skills".

Over 50 MBA students volunteered for the challenge which was be led by Cass faculty members Dr Elena Novelli and Dr Santi Furnari. The hike put their teamwork to the test as groups were roped together for safety when crossing the glacier and ascending the 1,600 metre climb.

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Speaking before the group departed for the week away, MBA student, Hannah Buckley commented:

"The Iceland trip will enable us to apply what we have learnt in all our core modules in a real life setting, which I find really consolidates classroom learning. It will also simulate challenges characteristic of the management consulting world, such as time pressure and working in an unfamiliar market setting.”

"It's not just the consulting work we have to look forward to. I have been particularly excited to trek up Mt. Eyjafjallajökull - a rare opportunity to get access to an active volcano, which, since I studied Geography at undergrad, is something I have long wanted to do. It will be a great chance to improve our team working skills while enjoying the physical exertion."

See the photos from the trip on the Cass Facebook page or read about our MBA programmes.

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