Our fourth annual Research Forum was bigger than ever before with a 'Collaboration Beyond Borders' theme.
Organised over two days, the opening day gave every student the opportunity to present to small class groups. The best presenters from each group were then selected to present to the whole school during Friday’s keynote addresses.
In addition, students could sign up for special workshops held by the IMI lecturers covering such diverse topics as sustainable tourism, researching with visual materials and research paradigms in the digital age.
The second day of the forum saw the keynote presentations from the selected students as well as the traditional poster competition where students summarise their research in an attractive visual format.
Congratulations go to Alvin, who won the best presentation award for his discussion of the challenges facing the Indonesian restaurant market, and Hannah, whose poster on tourism impacts of the Luzern Carnival took the best poster award.
A big "thank you" must also go to the Research Forum organising committee who worked tirelessly to ensure the event was such a success.
At IMI, borders are always something to be overcome and our students efforts at this year’s forum have further helped us to broaden our perspectives and ideas with an international outlook.
On the field (or table) of play, the IMI staff challenged the students to an American Pool competition.
With teams of four players, each staff member would be drawn against a student in a knock-out format. Each tie would be played as a best-of-three with the first player to two wins victorious.
The staff team (comprising of Prof. Benetatos, Mr. Ferry, Mr. Pinkston and Mr. Murray) got off to a good start with Mr. Ferry securing a narrow victory over Kazakh student Amina.
The next tie proved to be the most closely fought of the lot, with IMI CEO and Academic Dean Prof. Benetatos and student Oceano having to go all the way to a deciding game (which Prof. Benetatos won after yet another high-quality exhibition of pool from both players).
With the students now trailing 2-0 overall, a victory was needed and it was up to Indian student Anish to try and change the course of the contest. In another tight game with Mr. Murray, both players had chances to win but the luck was once again with the staff as Mr. Murray took the victory.
With the staff now uncatchable, the final game was more a matter of pride for the students. Unfortunately, Indonesian student Indra came up against a red-hot Mr. Pinkston in the form of his life. In probably the most technically impressive game of the tournament, both players exhibited some superb shot-making but Mr. Pinkston had the edge and claimed a clean sweep for the staff.
The competition was a lot of fun and a great way for faculty and students to socialise together and mix in a more relaxed environment.
In this instance, it seems the experience of the IMI staff paid dividends; however, we’re sure the students will be back to challenge again soon!
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