Classes in Columbia University – a student’s perspective!

As GEM students in the Transcontinental Track at Columbia University, we have 4 classes related to geopolitics. 2 classes (Corporate Geopolitics and Competitive Thought Processes in Geopolitics) are taught by GEM. In addition, we get to pick 2 classes from Columbia. The list of Classes can change but here are some courses we took this year:

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Discovering one of the most famous campuses in the world – Columbia University

As French people, we all have this image of American universities’ campuses from American blockbusters. Columbia University is one of the most represented universities in the movies. “Malcom X” (1992), “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Spider-Man” (2002), “Hitch” (2005) or “Casino Royale” (2006), to name a few of them, have in common the specificity of having been filmed on the Columbia University campus. During the campus visit on the first day of school, we immediately realized the vastness of the campus since the university is the third largest landowner in New York after the municipality and the Roman Catholic Church. Indeed, on the Morningside campus, the university has buildings from the 109th Street to the 122nd street between Morningside Drive and Riverside Drive.

A great place to work! Photo: Butler Library

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Diversity in NYC: You never know what to expect from the Big Apple!

It has been approximately two months since I arrived in New York and I am still amazed by the great diversity this city offers – architecture, art, food, activities, music… You never know what to expect from the Big Apple.

You can travel without leaving the City. Financial district, Soho, Chelsea, Midtown, Chinatown, West Village, Upper East Side, Harlem, Brooklyn… These districts are all in the same city, New York, but they have such different atmospheres!

-“You never know what to expect from the Big Apple”

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Business Week in NYC : Tiffany & Co

The need for an investor relations VP appeared 30 years ago when Tiffany & Co became a public company. Mark Aaron took on the challenge and successfully conducted the company’s IPO (Initial Public Offering).

Today, we had the honour of hearing Mark Aaron presenting his job and explain why Tiffany is such a historic and successful company.

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Business Week in New York : FreshPlanet

On February 21st, 2017, we had the pleasure of meeting Mathieu Nouzareth, the French CEO of Freshplanet. Mathieu is a serial web entrepreneur who studied at Grenoble École de Management. He created his first three startups in 1995, at the beginning of the Internet age. In 1997, his business experienced a strong takeoff. For this reason, he decided to sell his business in 1999. Mathieu explained us that his goal was to create a company not necessary to make it last for a long time but mainly to sell it at the right moment. Continue reading