11 September 2019 Share

#MIPexperience International Part Time MBA milan design week

Milan Design week as experienced by MIP MBA students

| Author: Andrea De Donatis, International Part Time MBA student

There is nothing better than combining high-quality training with pleasure and this is one of the things that an International Part time MBA at the MIP School of Business can definitely offer.

In addition to traditional lessons, the MBA training program includes numerous experiences in the field, company visits and company testimonials. At the same time, its location and flexible timetable give all of us the opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary events that the city of Milan hosts multiple times a year.

Courses are, in fact, carried out in English and take place one weekend per month (Friday & Saturday). This undoubtedly facilitates international students and makes the program very interesting for all those who do not live in Milan. It comes as no surprise, then, that as many as 20% of my classmates live abroad and many others in other important Italian cities like Rome and Turin.

On the one hand, the program allows us to work in different locations and travel to Milan only once a month to attend lessons. On the other hand, it also gives all the students the chance to experience and appreciate life in Italy’s financial and industrial hub at many different times of the year.
This year, on Friday the 12th of April, we had the opportunity to attend the lessons during the Design Week, which, like every year, invades and conquers the entire city.

The day started with classes on Finance, held at the Mediolanum Corporate University. It is the training center of the prestigious Banca Mediolanum, which is one of the Italian institutions constituting the MIP Consortium. After the lessons, we had the opportunity to spend the evening visiting the city and to take advantage of the scheduled Fuorisalone events.

The Fuorisalone takes place every year in the city of Milan and, together with the Salone del Mobile, constitutes the Milan Design Week, the most important event in the world for design addicts.

The Fuorisalone is a temporary festival that gives visibility to startups, emerging designers and small businesses, and invades the entire city of Milan from early morning until the parties organized by the brands take place during the night. Between an appetizer and a glass of wine consumed while wandering among the participating companies’ showrooms, which are scattered throughout the city, we spent a relaxing evening that separated us from another Saturday of classes. Among the various installations, we were able to admire the “Zip” by the British artist Alex Chinneck, in the picture above, which combines art, architecture and theatre, and invites viewers to imagine a new future and new possibilities.

With the hope that the next editions of the International part-time MBA will offer the opportunity to visit the city in conjunction with other renowned events such as the Design Week, I conclude by giving some personal advice to future students: consult the calendar of the lessons in advance, organize your stays and book the hotels well ahead of time. In this way, you can make the most of your stay in Milan and also avoid possible travel problems caused by the extraordinary flow of tourists typical of these occasions.


About the author
Andrea De Donatis
I am Andrea De Donatis, a student of the international part-time MBA at MIP Politecnico di Milano. I Graduated in energy engineering and I am currently working in technical sales for a leading multinational electronics company based in Milan.
I am very passionate about technology, IT and digital marketing. I strongly believe that disruptive innovation is vital to create new value.




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