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MET Global eMBA Insurance Educational Tour to the CII, London

As part of the curriculum and with a view to connecting the theoretical knowledge gained with the practical application to the real world, the entire batch of MET - CII eMBA Insurance programme (2010- 12) visited London for a week in July 2011, accompanied by the Dean, course coordinator and staff members of MET CITRD.

Their educational tour of London, a mix of classroom inputs and industry visits, was planned in advance. On the first day, a session on ‘Introduction to the CII and Membership Benefits of the CII’ was conducted by Mr. Martin Reid, Director – The CII, followed by a session on ‘Introduction to London Market’ at the CII Training Centre. Next day, students visited Lloyd’s office which is regarded as the ‘Mecca of Insurance’ to gain practical knowledge on Reinsurance. Visit to Marsh – world’s leading brokers’ office and being briefed by their CEO against the backdrop of Thames River and London Bridge was an exhilarating experience.

Sessions on World Economy, Reading Analytic, Selling & Marketing Strategies of Insurance Companies, Risk Assessment, How to study for the CII exams, added tremendous value to the repertoire of students. One of the highlights of this educational tour was students visiting an actual site for preparing surveyor’s report on ‘Risk assessment of fire hazard’. These reports were highly appreciated by the CII lecturers.

Prof. Vijay Thakur, Dean and Prof. Arun Patil, Course Coordinator – MET CITRD held extensive discussions with the CEO, Training Head, Accreditation team and other staff members of the CII to smoothen out certain issues and further strengthen the relationship between the CII & MET.

Evenings were fruitfully utilized for sightseeing and visiting London’s historical tourist spots such as Lord’s Cricket Ground, British Museum, Tower of London, Parliament, Nelson square, Trafalgar, London Eye, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace etc. Travel by tube-rails, buses, taxis exposed the students to grass-root existence of a common Londoner.

Thus, having gained an invaluable experience, both academically and personally, the students returned to MET, recharged with additional energy and professional enthusiasm.

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