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MSc students visit Amadeus


​19 September, 111 SKEMA students from three MSc programmes and their course directors attended a series of  inspiring presentations on innovation and career opportunities by technology giant Amadeus at their Sophia Antipolis premises. This visit is part of a long standing and close relationship between the two organisations.

Students learnt how Amadeus helps their clients connect with and serve customers and to manage their respective businesses in the tourism, hospitality and travel industries. Its statistics are impressive: over half a million travel bookings and 1.2bn passengers boarded in 2015. This information resonates strongly with the students from SKEMA’s MSc programmes in Strategic Event Management & Tourism Management (SEMTM) and in International Hospitality Management. Mady Keup, course director, was especially happy for current students to meet Constance Detrois, an SEMTM alumna , who now works at Amadeus as global events and technology project manager.

Students from the MSc Business Consulting & Information Systems Management and their course director Corinne Hirzmann learnt about innovation from Sharbani Sengupta, a student on the MSc in 2015-2016 and currently an intern at Amadeus. Sharbani won the company’s exciting innovation challenge for interns this year. 

Similar to past years, during the academic year 2016/2017, MSc Digital Business (DB) students will be working on a predictive analytics project with Amadeus. Zakaria Babutsidze, DB course director, describes this project as a “large-scale data-mining exercise aimed at using flight booking data to gain insight in consumer behaviour in terms of their responsiveness to price changes, differences across desktop and mobile bookings and more.”

The morning was rounded off with a visit to the Amadeus training centre and an encounter with 1A-TA, the company’s robot travel retailer assistant, an experiment by Amadeus Innovation.

Christine Manglano, responsible for School Relations & Internships at Amadeus said: “It is always a great pleasure to welcome SKEMA students. I am thankful to the course directors for the time they dedicate to brief the students before the visit and for the students’ very professional behaviour on the day!”

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