An Aberdeen Business School student will swap the Granite City for the towering spires of Barcelona when she flies to Spain next month for a unique placement opportunity.
First year BA Events Management student, Chloe Scamps, (20), will undertake a placement from 22 to 29 January with Scottish events agency, Roselle Events, who are running a conference for an international pharmaceutical client in Barcelona.
The event will run from 24 to 28 January 2011. 1200 delegates from across Europe will gather at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, Barcelona, to take part in a series of meetings - with up to 36 meetings running at any one time.
Roselle Events has been employed to organise full guest and event management of the event.
Originally from Nimes, France, but currently living at Linksfield Halls of Residence, Chloe won the placement experience in November when the opportunity to apply was offered to all first year Events Management students at the University.
After submitting a formal application, Chloe and a handful of fellow students were invited for an interview at Roselle's Aberdeen headquarters on Riverside Drive. Ultimately, Chloe was chosen ahead of her colleagues to undertake the placement for a combination of her confidence, fluency in French and passion for international events experience.
During the week-long placement, Chloe's predominant responsibility will be to manage a group of over 100 French delegates over the period of the conference.
The hours she clocks up in Barcelona will contribute directly towards her Industry Experience Portfolio for her course, which she must build up to a minimum of 400 hours each academic year of the four year BA degree.
Senior Events Manager at Roselle, Charlotte McIntosh, was on the panel that selected Chloe. She said: "We were blown away by Chloe's professional demeanour at the interview. While it is obviously a bonus that she is a fluent French speaker, this was only one reason why we chose her.
"During the placement, Chloe will assist with ground transfers of over 1000 delegates to and from various venues and will handle their enquiries and requests. This is a significant task for any student but we are convinced that Chloe has what it takes to manage this successfully."
This is the maiden year for the University's Events Management course, which officially launched in the September 2010 term.
This new academic offering at Aberdeen Business School exposes students to all subject areas required to develop, stage and evaluate events across the spectrum of the industry from corporate events, to live music, sporting and civic events.
The course is coordinated by Daniel Turner, Programme Leader for Hospitality, Tourism, Retail and Events. Daniel joined the University only this summer from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Daniel said: "I am delighted that Chloe has successfully secured this unique opportunity to gain practical experience in such an exciting setting. This is a great example of how students, universities and employers can really work together and I'm sure that Chloe will play a significant role in ensuring a successful event for Roselle Events, who have been very supportive of our new degree programme.
"I hope Chloe has a great time in Spain and that this opportunity is the first of many great practical experiences for her and out other events student in the future."
Looking ahead to the Spanish experience, Chloe commented, "This will be a fantastic opportunity for me. I am very excited but also slightly nervous at the same time, but I'm sure it's going to be a great experience!"
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