Working with real business challenges opens doors to curiosity, creativity, decision-making, problem-solving, leadership and more. You are in the lead and responsible for your own learning process, supported by dedicated coaches.
Working with or competing against international students is a very valuable intercultural experience.
With case solving you act as a consultant who has to solve a complex problem for a company. By analysing the challenge, you as a consultant has to identify the problem and generate a strategy to solve this problem. Being a good team player during this process is key to success. The better a team uses the individual skills of every team member to the benefit of the team, the better the final solution will be.
You all have been trained in a certain specialism, now you form a transdisciplinary team, a high-performance team. While solving complex problems you make connections between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries. In this way, solutions are more robust, valuable, creative, sustainable and future proof.
I was a regular student in a regular programme, doing a regular study. The Case Academy programmes helped me to achieve many skills that no other study programme could have done. Being innovative, collaborative, interactive, taking leadership … these abstract words have become concrete and meaningful for me now. I understand it is not just about the problem a company has, but it is important to find the real cause of the problem underneath all the symptoms. What is the reason this company exists? Why should we choose a certain strategy? These questions I didn’t ask myself before, but now I learned to approach a problem from many different perspectives (…), this can be best achieved by combining different perspectives, different people’s strengths. Everyone knows something, but no one knows everything.
The Rotterdam International Case Academy (RICA) offers two semester programmes for students:
In addition, the RICA also offers various options for lecturers. These include teaching with cases, case writing, setting up a competition and judging case solutions.