Three years at CUAS has made me conclude that a manager is a bridge. A bridge between a problem and a solution. To cross the bridge, one must be aware of the weight of the carriage that one wants to take to the other side. At CUAS we are well prepared and trained to first analyze a certain problem, then measure and predict the results we want to achieve and finally cross the bridge.
Project management plays a major role in CUAS and in the degree program I have finished, Intercultural Management. One can assume that project management is easy and only deals with monitoring a project without an understanding of other business fields, but PM is deeper than that. One must first have a good understanding of key areas in business to be able to monitor a project, then an understanding of the link between them, and then make it work. At the management department we learn and get a deep understanding of each key part of business. How to read financial statements, how marketing works, how international business functions, what is the role of exchange rates and inflation when it comes to project valuation, how and where can we get the finances, and so on.
At the management department of CUAS we are well prepared for the real-life challenges of the profession of project management, and we get a great understanding how theory can be translated into practice, how the key organizational tools and key areas of business are interlinked and how we can carefully measure the carriage we want to take to the other side.
The degree of Intercultural Management encourages us to do an internship, and this gives us the opportunity to put all of our understanding into practice, and truly see how one can integrate all the theoretical knowledge gained, into the formation, development, and success of a project.