The IMI Research Forum returned in style for its fifth annual staging on the IMI campus.
The forums are an opportunity for our MBA and BA dissertation students to present their research methodologies and findings to their classmates to open up discussion and invaluable feedback.
The tagline of this year’s forum was “Thinking not Sinking,” recognising the often overwhelming feeling that can occur when approaching a research project but also the way this can be overcome through structured thought, organisation and good planning.
As ever, one of the highlights of the forum was the presentations from our MBA, BA and, for the first time ever, our culinary BA students. Presenting to the rest of the student body, the topics covered a full-spectrum from the challenges in tourism generation in Timor-Leste to introducing a new vegetarian food concept to market.
The forum also saw the return of the regular poster competition, where our hospitality BA students presented their research work in poster format incorporating a range of text, graphics and visual aids to make them both appealing, informative and, most importantly, understandable.
In between the student presentations, we held special faculty masterclasses where our lecturers led group discussions on contemporary industry issues including the place of Airbnb in the hotel market and the growing influence of influencers and review through booking sites.
After such intense discussions, we treated students to a Summer BBQ on the IMI terrace with our kitchen team putting on a delicious spread to reenergise everyone for the afternoon sessions.
We ended this year’s forum with some final closing remarks from the academic organisers Dr. Brühlmann and Mr. Evagelou before presenting the winners’ prizes for best presentation and best poster.
Congratulations to Anushka Srivastava who was awarded the Best Presentation prize following her excellent and interactive culinary concept presentation, complete with flavour aroma packs, allowing her audience to get a true sense of her ideas.
The Best Poster award went to Shao Ni (Annie) Chin whose stylish and well-designed poster did an excellent job of conveying her dissertation research while being both accessible and attractive.
A lot of thanks must go to our Student Forum Committee members who worked hard both on the day and in the weeks preceding the event to make sure the day was such a great success. We look forward to returning bigger and better than ever before with IMI Research Forum VI…
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