Feb 282018
 

Teamwork and cooperation inside and outside
of EADA’s classroom

EADA´s international participants supporting Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Foundation pre- Barcelona Half Marathon 2018.

EADA´s international participants supporting Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Foundation pre- Barcelona Half Marathon 2018.

EADA participants appreciate the value of hard work, the ability to overcome obstacles and the importance of cooperation both inside and outside of the classroom. Already in 2018, MBA and International Master participants have taken part in two sporting events organised in the community. Most recently, 30 participants ran the eDreams Half Marathon on February 10. The half marathon –in which runners take to the main streets of Barcelona– is an annual event that raises funds for charity. In fact, teams are created based on different charitable causes such as underprivileged youth, poverty, rare medical conditions or disabilities. The EADA community chose to donate its funds to the Josep Carreras Foundation for Leukaemia Research, with a total of 500€ collected.

According to EADA’s runners, “We chose to support leukaemia research because one out of five children and one out of two adults cannot survive leukaemia”. The foundations overall approach was especially interesting to them. “Not only is their mission to make leukaemia a 100% curable disease through scientific research, they also provide support to suffering patients and their families, as well as putting them in contact with donors,” they explained.

EADA Football tournament

Picture from the ‘Too cool for school’ team, who won the EADA football tournament last January.

Picture from the ‘Too cool for school’ team, who won the EADA football tournament last January.

A few weeks before on January 27, our international participants participated in another sports event, a football tournament near Barcelona in L’Hospitalet. There they were divided into different teams, each made up of students from different EADA programmes. The tournament was won by the ‘Too cool for school’ team, with participants from the International Master in Finance, Marketing and Sustainable Business & Innovation.

The event was organised by Max Schneider (Germany – Master in Management – Bilingual Programme), Daniel Cortés González (Mexico – International MBA – Bilingual), Juan Pablo Fonseca (Guatemala – International MBA), Moufid Dayoub (Lebanon – Master in Management) and Luc Smeets (The Netherlands – Master in Marketing). “One of the things we liked most was the competitive spirit that was present among all players, which brought us back to the roots of sports,” said Moufid.

Juan Pablo agreed. “What I probably liked the most was the healthy competition that among the International Master participants,” he said. For Max, “it was amazing to see how many different people came together – this created a deeper connection between programmes and classes”.

Photo taken to the five EADA's participants who organised the football tournament.

Photo taken to the five EADA’s participants who organised the football tournament.

When asked what values they associated with the event, and with sports in general, the organisers highlighted teamwork, strategic vision, fair play, discipline, resilience, respect and a competitive spirit. Luc, currently plays hockey for F.C. Barcelona, identified three transferable values: “Happiness -without joy you cannot get results. Teamwork- just as in sports, teamwork is of the utmost importance. You are dependent upon others, but together you are able to go further. And finally, trustworthiness because trusting your teammates, in a sports or work environment, is invaluable,” he said.

To Jordi Díaz, EADA’s Associate Dean of Programmes and International Relations, “a year in EADA is a complete life experience”. He adds: “We understand that our full time programmes are a life experience, something more than just attending class and receiving a diploma”.

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