Imam Hafiz S Abdal Danish and Pavalankar Akshay Sadanand, our Master's students from India share their IBS experience with us.
How did you find this program?
Hafiz: I was searching the internet. When I was looking for a business school in the East Central European region, I came across a few but I found this school the most appealing and I applied.
Why did you choose this part of Europe? Are you interested in the region?
Hafiz: The countries in this region are emerging countries and our economy in India is also emerging, so I feel I can relate to the region. It is very interesting just to be here and see the differences and the similarities.
Akshay: I have already done a bachelor’s degree in international business management in Pune, India. I wanted to carry on in this direction, and I was looking for a similar course. Actually, I did not look for a school but rather I was looking for a similar course and a master’s in international business management. I found one in Dublin and one in Budapest. I chose Budapest mainly because of the Schengen visa. I thought I could study and also visit a few places during the vacations while I am here, in this part of the world. I have not yet travelled too much, I expected my family to come over but they could not. I have already been to Vienna and Bratislava. It was also appealing for me here that you can get your master’s in one year while it takes two or three years elsewhere. Another reason of my choice was that in Dublin I could not have received a British degree, but if I study in Budapest I will get the British degree, which I think is better for me.
Hafiz: Yes, the British degree is acknowledged all around the world, the British system is a well-established good system. It is considered in all regions such as North America or India, etc., so it is really nice to have one.
How difficult was it to get here and to take care of all the official procedures?
Hafiz: For me it was not difficult at all, I received all the required papers form the IBS administration.
Akshay: I did not face any problem either in getting the visa or to fulfil the requirements. It was simple and smooth. I had a skype interview with a professor, Mr. Bálint Nagy.
You are in MSc, so you have classes only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Can you work in the rest of the time?
Hafiz: We are not working, so we can use this time for studying.
Akshay: I would not mind an opportunity to find some option for volunteer work. I am searching for a job but it is not easy for a foreigner, as you need all kinds of permissions but I am working on it.
Where do you live?
Hafiz: I live at the off-campus residence hall. The one on campus was already fully booked when I applied. I was in a hurry when I came and I had no time to really look around, so I took this option offered by the school.
Akshay: I rented a place downtown and I live on my own. It was not easy but I was rather lucky to find it. My uncle came with me to help me settle down as this is my first time in Europe. We went downtown and just checked the possibilities. We went to an agency, a family just checked out and we immediately took that apartment. So it was very lucky.
What is the biggest cultural difference compared to your country?
Akshay: Definitely the language. But I have a lot of new friends due to the international student body and I am happy I chose Budapest. The weather is not so bad either, it is not that cold when it snows.
Hafiz: We do not have any big problems here, and the younger generation speaks English. In the city you do not have problems. Elsewhere it is a bit hard to communicate.
Do you have a favourite class or professor?
Akshay: I like accounts, but I prefer accounting mainly because of the subject. I enjoy my business analysis class as well. I am very much interested in these areas and I like the way how they are taught. It is much easier for me to grasp them here. Coming from India we did not really know what to expect, and it was really a nice experience.
Hafiz: It would be unjust to name one professor or to say that this professor is better than the other. The professors are really good here. We have professors from diverse backgrounds and regions for example from North America, Scotland and Hungary, they are a nice mixture of professors. And of course, I still have to see all the new professors for this semester.
After completing your studies here, do you plan to find a job in India and work there?
Akshay: I think I will not yet go back to India. I would like to look around in the world and gain experience. Actually, my family is not settled in India. They have businesses in furniture, photography and other areas in three different countries of Africa: in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.
Hafiz: I plan to make my career in the academic field. I would like to go for a PhD. It is very helpful and carries me towards my aim that I can meet really good professors here. Also, so many things are happening in this city. This is a good place to begin your career.
To be honest, I do not have an exact plan, I will settle wherever good opportunities open for me. I have an engineering background, but by the time I came here I had developed an interest in economics. I would like to use my knowledge in the sciences and in economics, to combine the two. I can conduct research in consulting, e.g. IT based consulting or use of Big data in business and economics or If I secured any funded PhD, I would like to work in a research job. Right now, I am focusing on writing my thesis. As for my short-term plan, in May there is a conference in Barcelona and I would like to go there.
Do you already have a topic for your thesis?
Akshay: I think I will write about how effective telemarketing is in the digital era and whether it will stay with us or be replaced by social media marketing in the future.
Hafiz: My topic will be sharing economy and some of the problems that are involved in that, such as regulations and long-term economic impact. This is a new kind of economy, but not yet researched very well, so it is a very current, up-to-date topic.