Vlad Savin Business School

Vlad shares his experience from participating in the Harvard United Nations conference in Montreal, Canada


Vlad Savin 

"I met people from China, from Japan, from Spain, from Russia, and people with whom I worked on the position paper, and I can say that I became good friends with."

Vlad Savin,

BA Hons Business Psychology

Why did you decide to study at the University of Greenwich?

The reason why I decided to study at the University is because of the uniqueness of my degree. Back in 2015 when I applied for it, there were about three or four similar degrees around the UK, and one of the degrees was in London. I wanted to study in London, which is the reason why I came here. 

In addition to this, the content and the courses within the Bachelor were very interesting and I wanted to mix two passions of mine, business and psychology together.

How are you finding the teaching?

I found the teaching on my course quite good and Kyle Ingram, Programme Leader for the degree, does a very good job. He is very interested in knowing every single detail about how we like our degree and what we don't like.

He takes this into consideration and quite quickly adapted to the needed changes. The courses are a mixture between psychology and business, but also individual courses. They mix quite well together because when you have to do an assignment you mix both the business side and the psychological side and you construct a more detailed piece of work in the end. 

How did you secure your placement and what will your responsibilities be there?

At the beginning of this year, I was very intrigued at the idea of doing a placement. After applying to several companies and going through interviews and assessment centres, I received a phone call back from BSH, (BOSH, SIEMENS, HOME GROUP), which told me that I have been selected to do a placement with them, starting July 2017. 

The placement will be in management and risk management. It will take place in Milton Keynes, due to my eye to detail and with interview related help from the Business School Employability Office. They helped me greatly, through workshops and seminars, preparation interviews with the staff.

These gave me an idea of what I should say in interviews and what type of critical questions I should ask, as well as how to apply for the placement successfully and prepare all the materials that were required of me for the assessment centres. 

What extra-curricular activities did you get involved in while at university?

While at university I became active in a couple of activities. One of which I am an active member of the Romanian Society. Second one being that I volunteered last year for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) at the London Marathon. I'll be doing the same thing this year because I was very inspired with it. 

I am a Student Ambassador at the university, so I present the campus to potential students, either from Year 8 to Year 12. I am also a Student Champion, so basically I'm helping the university market what it has to offer to the public. So through video content, photographic content, and also a couple of articles.

And I am also an active member of the Model United National Society within the university. I became a member in September at the Fresher's Fair because I was very intrigued at the idea of debating UN subjects as well as participating in the Harvard World Model United Nations conference, which took place back in March, in Montreal, Canada.   

So, you went to Canada for the United Nations conference. How did you learn about this opportunity and what did the event involve? 

I discussed opportunities as well as what the organisation is about with the President and Vice President of the Model United National Society. I became very intrigued and a tiny bit of me also wanted to go and visit Montreal, but also wanted to get the experience of a Word Harvard Model United Nations conference, which basically is a simulation of a United Nations meeting.

There are 21 committees, so 21 non-government organisations (NGOs) which each member can choose from, and then, when arriving there, you need to debate on it. A country is assigned to each university, and the University of Greenwich received Portugal, and the NGO that I chose was the World Health Organisation, and the two targets that we had to choose from at the conference was either forming the pharmaceutical industry or fighting diabetes and obesity.

After about an hour debating, the result of the motion was that we would be reforming the pharmaceutical industry and proposed ideas of how it should be reformed. We wrote a position paper, for which the winning position paper would be sent to the UN to consider for some changes.

Did you make any friends at the event?

Well, during my time at the conference I met several people from all around the world.  I met people from China, from Japan, from Spain, from Russia, and people with whom I worked on the position paper, and I can say that I became good friends with them and we still talk from time to time now. In terms of networking it's an incredible event because you've got the chance of working side-by-side to some of the greatest, brightest minds in the world.

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