BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN MANAGEMENT AND IT
Information Technology is vital for businesses. But what you often see is that the management and the IT specialists speak completely different languages. With a Bachelor’s degree in Business & IT, I will be able to build bridges between the two disciplines. The combination of business administration and computer science is unique! You gain insight into both worlds and are prepared to be a valuable asset in the business world. A typical Business & IT project that I really enjoyed was the assignment for Dutch medical institute Medisch Spectrum Twente. The question was how they could best introduce a data warehouse for patient information. They wanted to know how to guarantee privacy, what they could learn from other companies, and whether working in the cloud would be suitable for a hospital. We had to take all sorts of factors into account – organizational, economic and technical. This made it a multi-faceted project. In a short amount of time, we worked towards an actual recommendation report. And the fact that we got to present it to the management of the MST with our team was the icing on the cake!
MY FAVOURITE SUBJECT
At the end of the first year of Business & IT, or BIT, you have a subject called Project Integration. It was one of the best subjects I have had so far. It is a real BIT module, in which the worlds of BIT, ICT and Management, are brought together in the form of a project. At the beginning of the semester, we were taught how to write a report and how to conduct meetings. When we came to that section, we were split up into groups of five and assigned a case with different roles for each group member. So each student had a specific role during the simulation, which led to really fun meetings. At the end of the semester, once we had all learnt different skills, we were assigned two big cases. Then we spent about two days with a group of five to six fellow students trying to solve these cases by doing research and writing a report, which we later presented to the client. In my year, we had to write a recommendation report for the MST hospital in Enschede. We had to recommend a data warehouse system for the hospital, taking into account the privacy aspect of electronic patient files. We finally presented the case to executives from the MST and won the case!
FLORIS-JAN'S PART-TIME JOB
“The University of Twente offers the possibility of several part-time jobs for students. You can work as an Admission Office employee or as a student assistant on a certain subject. I work at the Study Information Office and with the Business & IT (BIT) Open Day team.
At the Study Information Office (SI), I am mainly in the front office answering the e-mails and telephone calls we get with questions from students who are still at high school, or from (inter)national students. They usually have questions about the studies and the entry requirements. Sometimes I get a call from a student in China or India. In these cases the telephone connection is often quite distorted, which can lead to conversations that are funny, but also quite challenging. Another of my tasks at the Study Information Office is to lead information sessions at high schools around the country. We travel to high schools to give presentations on the UT and the degrees it offers. A while ago, I had to do two sessions in one day. I had to go to Harderwijk, a city in the centre of the Netherlands, in the morning, and to Eindhoven, in the south, at the end of the day. Although it was a busy day, it was also very enjoyable. What is also nice about working at the SI is that the staff are all students. The atmosphere is always pleasant and we regularly go out to eat or have a drink together. We’re really like a group of friends working together for the UT.
When I get to work for the BIT Open Day team, I am allowed to help organize the presentations on the BIT programme. During the Open Days, we introduce the BIT programme and also offer participants a fun interactive case. On a typical Open Day, I pick up participants at the sports hall in the morning, and after that I help out with the case, then I go on to picking up the food for lunch. So, I’m always doing something different. At the end of the second Open Day, there is always a fun mixer for all the helpers from the different programmes to finish off the two successful days in good fashion – with a beer or some other kind of refreshment.