Anniversary edition of IMTA
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Last Friday, the 20th edition of CEEMAN's flagship IMTA-International Management Teachers Academy concluded in Bled, followed by a special anniversary event to recognize the impact IMTA has had on its alumni. This year’s generation of IMTA was a particularly diverse one with 38 participants hailing from 19 countries, representing 30 institutions from four different continents.

During the first week of IMTA, participants discussed general aspects of a teacher’s profession such as teaching philosophies, approaches and techniques, course design principles for different audiences, case research and writing, as well as many other key topics that are integral to every teacher’s work, regardless of their teaching subject.

The second week of IMTA, on the other hand, gave participants the chance to work in smaller groups under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty members to focus on discipline-specific skills. Participants got to choose between the following tracks this year: Business in Society; Marketing Management; Strategic and International Management; and Challenges and Paradoxes of Leading Change. By discussing teaching tools and approaches as well as trying them out first-hand by means of microteaching exercises and tailor-made case teaching sessions, participants had the opportunity to test how versed they are in various teaching methods and receive feedback from faculty and peers on their teaching strengths and improvement opportunities.

To make their two-week stay in Slovenia even more memorable, IMTA participants were taken on a boat trip to the picturesque island on Lake Bled where they were acquainted with traditional Slovenian cuisine. And not only that: on the weekend, they had the opportunity to take a stroll through one of the loveliest towns on the Slovenian coast – Piran – as well as visit Postojna Cave, one of the largest show caves in Europe.

Finally, a special IMTA 20 Years event took place on 27 and 28 June in Bled to celebrate the important impact that IMTA has had on faculty development in the last two decades. Alumni from previous IMTA generations joined as well, which made for a vivacious gathering. The event featured panel with IMTA faculty “Why do we need faculty development?”, inspiring IMTA alumni stories, workshops and group discussions on topics around faculty development and collaboration, and, last but not least, a delicious birthday cake. The event was supported by Perutnina Ptuj.

IMTA’s faculty consists of professors who have worked at top international educational institutions and are eager to pass on their knowledge to a new generation of teachers: 

- Arshad Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor at Lahore University of Management Schiences, Pakistan and previously Vice-Provost at McMaster University, Canada
- Tony Buono, Professor of Management and Executive Director of Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, USA
- Jim Ellert, Academic Director of IMTA, Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of Faculty at IMD, Switzerland
- JB Kassarjian, Professor Emeritus at IMD, Switzerland and Professor of Management at Babson College, USA
- Krzysztof Obłój, Professor of Strategic Management at the School of Management at Warsaw University and Kozminski University, Poland
- Joe Pons, President of AXIOMA Marketing Consultants and previously Marketing Professor at IESE, Spain.

Including the 2019 generation, IMTA has more than 650 alumni from 170 institutions and 53 countries around the world. The program has proven to not only have a profound impact on the individual careers of its participants, but also on overall teaching and learning experiences at participating institutions.

The 2020 edition of IMTA will take place on 14-25 June in Bled. There is already great interest in the next year’s program, including from alumni to attend another disciplinary track. Contact us to reserve a seat for your faculty members!

IMTA 2019 participants say:

The word ‘journey’ is overused. However, I believe I have been on both a personal and professional journey this week. To sum up, creating a learning environment where you can both “laugh” and “cry” is essential to the learning experience. I believe I will be both a better person and better teacher after this week. THANK YOU.

– Sarah Porter

CEFAM, France

I had the chance to learn amazing things about teaching and the most important is the fact that I will implement them in my lessons. I am sure I will go back home very motivated.

 – Mihai-Bogdan Afrasinei

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania

Completely now insights, enrichment through exchanging knowledge and experiencing new contacts. New tools to take and apply. Simply great!

– Valters Kaže

RISEBA University of Applied Sciences, Latvia

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