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The GSERM St.Gallen, a three-week programme for the communication of research methodology for external Master’s students, doctoral students and postdocs from all disciplines, was staged at the University of St.Gallen for the seventh time in 2019. Nina Schmid, a Ph.D. student at the HSG, and Kennedy Musyoka, a Ph.D. student from Kenya, were among the 250 participants.
"Getting to know students from other disciplines and countries."
Nina Schmid started as a doctoral student at the Institute of Economy and the Environment (IWÖ-HSG) this year. Prior to that, she had been awarded her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees by the University of St.Gallen. She decided to attend the GSERM particularly because of the diversity of the programme: “The methodology courses are part of the curriculum for doctoral students as a matter of principle. But I definitely wanted to participate in the GSERM since it gives you an opportunity to get to know students from other disciplines and other countries.”
One of these students is Kennedy Musyoka, a doctoral student at the United States International University in Nairobi. The GSERM St.Gallen was a unique experience for him too: “I’m the first student from my university who has had the opportunity to attend the GSERM. During my two weeks at the GSERM, I had the opportunity to talk to renowned professors from all over the world.”
Every week, participants can put their names down for a five-day block seminar focused on a specific topic such as “Deep Learning” or “Big Data”. “On the one hand, the GSERM provides basic courses for doctoral students who are right at the beginning, like me, but on the other hand there are also courses for advanced students,” emphasises Nina Schmid, who attended two courses in regression analysis by Timothy McDaniel. “Timothy McDaniel is an excellent teacher. He made me excited about research methods.” Besides the academic courses, the GSERM also offers a cultural social programme, during which participants are able to exchange opinions and ideas. “At the GSERM Welcome Dinner, I had the opportunity to become more closely acquainted with other participants from all over the world who attended the same courses,” says Nina Schmid. Kennedy Musyoka was also able to extend his network: “During the GSERM, I got to know students from more than ten nations.”
Next year, the GSERM is expected to take place for the eighth time. Kennedy Musyoka wants to attend it again: “The GSERM and the HSG have exceeded my already high expectations twice over. I’ll do everything I can to be here again next year.” Nina Schmid, too, can only recommend the programme particularly to her fellow students: “The GSERM is an extremely high-quality format from which HSG students in particular should profit.”