A two-week intensive programme Amber&Jade has opened its door at ISLB
May 27 th, Vilnius, Lithuania. The programme Amber&Jade organized and hosted by the International School of Law and Business (Vilnius, Lithuania) in cooperation with China Education Service Centre (Guandong) Company was launched with an opening ceremony under the patronage of H.E. Ambassador of People’s Republic of China to Lithuania Mr. Liu Zengwen and H.E. Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the People’s Republic of China Mrs. Lina Antanavičienė.
An inspiring welcome speach was also given by the founder of this international programme in Netherlands and China, Mr. Ton de Winter, the lecturer of NHL University of Applied Sciences. Mr. Ton de Winter has expressed his belief in benefits of all multicultural experiences that students might get on the way to their future. Mr. Paul Hartog, the lecturer of NHL University of Applied Sciences, has come together with Mr. Ton de Winter to support implementation of the programme Amber&Jade in Lithuania by sharing their good practice and project success in Netherlands and China.
A total of 90 students from China, Lithuania and ten other countries started working in 15 multicultural teams on a service innnovation design assignment for real Lithuanian companies. The teams will be visiting the companies to generate ideas for service innovations from the customer’s perspective in line with a contemporary service innovation design methodology. At the end of the project a distinguished jury representing Lithuanian business associations will judge the teams’ work and will award the first prize.
Chinese students will also visit Lithuanian companies and organisations on individual assignments in line with their academic disciplines in order to enhance their global awareness of a chosen profession and professional differences between the countries.
ISLB teachers will act as coaches for the teams with the support of experienced lecturers from the partner NHL University of Applied Sciences which has recently carried out a similar project in China and the Netherlands. In fact, Amber&Jade originates from a Sino-Dutch intensive programme Dutch Lions and Chinese Dragons first launched by the aforesaid Dutch university in October 2011.
Every morning the teams will work on an educational service innnovation design assignment. In the afternoons company visits are scheduled either as team or individual assignments. Both the guests and the hosts will organize activities to promote their cultures.
The purpose of this unique programme is to offer students intensive international academic and multicultural experience, to help develop a global outlook and multicultural communication skills and help them prepare for a professional career in the global labour market.
During the programme the Chinese students will be received by Mayor of Vilnius Mr. Arturas Zuokas and H.E. Ambassador of People’s Republic of China to Lithuania Mr. Liu Zengwen.
The Chinese delegation represents South China Business College of Guandong University of Foreign Studies, Guandong Ocean University Cunjin College and Guandong University of Technology Huali College.