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PostSubject: Lan Ngoc Hoang   Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:41 pm

Lan is running for the posts: Vice-President, Secretary


*****************LAN'S VISION IN WORDS*********************

Hello everyone,

My name is Lan Hoang, a G4 student from Vietnam and am currently based in the UK. I
have been involved for quite sometime with activities of EAAA as well as casual get-
togethers of the alumni community. I enjoyed its activities and wish to stay in touch with
other friends from the course as well as to contribute my ideas for the organisation.
In my view, the EAAA has been a useful source of support for students and has a potential
to extend its scope to reflect the arising needs of students. In essence, I seek to improve the
following aspect of the organisation

Enhance communication and integrity of various Euroaquae generations: often
first contact is made slightly before the first semester begins. However, I feel that it is
benefitual for the students if a letter of introduction from EAAA is included in the offer
package to make them aware of the forum and to integrate with EAAA from the
beginning. In this way, the forum can also be utilised and becomes more useful.

Seek to provide more information on career direction: as many of the alumnus
have graduated and set foot on their career, their knowledge and experience in
career direction (regarding internships, job/PhD application and other paperwork) are
useful to next generations. It is therefore valuable for EAAA to have some short guide
of internship and job hunt (to add in the collection of guides in location) which listed typical companies that EA students have applied, their usual deadlines for internship
and graduate scheme, tentative schedule of preparation as well as comments/hints
from previous generations.

Continue to lobby and contribute ideas for a more effective course
administration

Organise get-togethers for generations to meet and socialise

Regards,
Lan


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PostSubject: Ask Questions   Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:59 pm

Hi everybody, please ask questions to Lan by clicking on post reply at this topic. The voting starts on the 18th of October 2009. The voting will be done through this forum.


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PostSubject: Kostya's questions   Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:55 pm

Hi I thought of starting to ask the questions to the candidates.

1. After the graduation, the people tend to get busier and busier, therefore I wonder how good your time management skills are as they will have to be of a good quality in order to combine work/studies/research, EAAA involvement and personal life?

2. Good time management skills are not enough, it is important to work as a team. Therefore how do you see yourself working in a team of 6 people or more (see the question number 4)?


3. During the last past two years, I saw that the willingness to be initiative plays a very important role. How initiative are you?

4. The number of the graduates of the EAAA is growing, and it is getting harder to manage the potential demands of the six generations (in two years there will be eight generations), therefore after a brief discussion among some of the members of the CB of EAAA, we decided that it would be good to create an Executive Committee which will comprise some 10 20 people, each of them having a certain responsibility such as updating a website, preparing the Star of the Month articles, checking and responding to the messages on the forum. The Constitution of the EAAA already has the provision of such an Executive Committee. The Constitution can be downloaded from here (opens a PDF file). What do you think of such an idea?

Thank you for your responses.

Kostya
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PostSubject: Re: Lan Ngoc Hoang   Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:19 pm

Thank you Kostya. In response to your questions,

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1. After the graduation, the people tend to get busier and busier, therefore I wonder how good your time management skills are as they will have to be of a good quality in order to combine work/studies/research, EAAA involvement and personal life?

I tend to plan things and have a fairly good management skill, which helped me balance studying and extra-curricular activities. I have been actively involving in student activities (having worked for the Overseas student service at my uni and served in the Student Advisory board of my faculty and the Student Union) for a few years. I believe I have enough commitment and time management skill to fulfil the post.


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2. Good time management skills are not enough, it is important to work as a team. Therefore how do you see yourself working in a team of 6 people or more (see the question number 4)?

As I notice, most of the candidates this year share a common vision of the need to improve our forum and interactions between EAAA and the alumnus. A shared goal as such will help a lot in effectively working as a team.

I know most of the candidates and I see myself as a facilitator to the team. I will take responsibility for my part but also willing to help and seek help from others if it is more effective.


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3. During the last past two years, I saw that the willingness to be initiative plays a very important role. How initiative are you?


I believe that initiative is an important part, but being committed to realise that initiative is equally vital. For me, I really hope that I can enhance the career support aspect of EAAA by initiating a career guide, which will provide the following information, which may sound obvious but often neglected due to our extremely busy schedules and wide mobility:

* Timeline of how to increase your employability (thinking about career direction, when to start refining your CV, go to career fairs, voluntary and extra internship, when to apply for graduate schemes or apply for PhD studentship, networkings)

*What university services are available and how you can use them

*Brief list of companies that EAAA students have obtained internships and when they often start recruiting/point of contacts if applicable

*Common websites for jobs/PhD hunting (Milkround, Just Engineer, jobs.ac.uk, river-digest etc...) and scholarship schemes

*Other hints from alumnus on how to increase your employability (getting chartership, networking, etc...)

*Brief descriptions on paperwork for visa application

Of course, this is rather an ambitious plan which requires inputs of more than one person and more than one generation. I know this is probably a small initiative but I hope it is useful to all of us, as a chance for the more experienced alumnus to make use of their experience and for the graduating generations to be better prepared.


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4. The number of the graduates of the EAAA is growing, and it is getting harder to manage the potential demands of the six generations (in two years there will be eight generations), therefore after a brief discussion among some of the members of the CB of EAAA, we decided that it would be good to create an Executive Committee which will comprise some 10 20 people, each of them having a certain responsibility such as updating a website, preparing the Star of the Month articles, checking and responding to the messages on the forum. The Constitution of the EAAA already has the provision of such an Executive Committee. The Constitution can be downloaded from here (opens a PDF file). What do you think of such an idea?

I agree in principle with the idea of having an Executive Committee. However, I think the size of the sub-committee is a bit large and will require detailed definition of tasks, high motivation of each individuals and good collaboration.
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PostSubject: Re: Lan Ngoc Hoang   Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:44 pm

Lan,

I agree with the proposals you made for the activities of the association.

Also the idea of the Executive Commitee should be thought through properly.

So far the association has been running as an organization with no financial backing.

Most of the activities were sponsored by those who took part in those, with the exception of the participation in the Erasmus Mundus Alumni association's activities and my trip to Nice in March 2009, where the money was provided for taking part in the lecture Ethics in Engineering and not for the participation in the board meeting.

Actually such way in my opinion was better than introducing membership fees etc, however do you think it should stay like this? Which ways of funding of the association do you see?

Thank you in advance.

Kostya
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PostSubject: Re: Lan Ngoc Hoang   Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:05 am

Hi Lan

Thanks for coming in Newcastle last semester to share your experience with us.You are a very nice person with smile always. Smile

Here are some questions
1 Do you prefer vice-president or secretary?
2 Which position will suit you better ?Why?

Thank you in advance

mi
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PostSubject: Re: Lan Ngoc Hoang   Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:46 am

Hi Kostya, thanks for your questions.

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Most of the activities were sponsored by those who took part in those, with the exception of the participation in the Erasmus Mundus Alumni association's activities and my trip to Nice in March 2009, where the money was provided for taking part in the lecture Ethics in Engineering and not for the participation in the board meeting.

Actually such way in my opinion was better than introducing membership fees etc, however do you think it should stay like this? Which ways of funding of the association do you see?

In reply, I agree with you that the organisation should still be running on an open manner and membership fee will exclude many. To be honest, I am not really familiar with the budget of EAAA as well as how potential sources of funding should be, but some initial thoughts are:

* For trips to attend the board meetings, we should lobby for funding from the EA board (as similar to the quality examiners, EAAA is actually a vital factor for quality control and can voice out opinions from student side)

* We can affiliate with other organisation such as the Erasmus Mundus students, student unions at each location (so that EAAA will be eligible to apply for funding/subsidies from those organisations)

* For particular events and general fund raising, we can ask industrial companies if they would like to place ads/logos in the EAAA forum or to sponsor for some events

* In the long run, if EA communities expand and many of us will be in a position to donate something, it will be a good source too
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PostSubject: Re: Lan Ngoc Hoang   Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:04 pm

Hi Mi, it was nice meeting you in Newcastle too. Your questions are actually interesting and quite thought-provoking that I needed extra time to think Smile

At this stage, EAAA is still (and I hope will retain being) a committee of friends where decisions are agreed based on mutual agreements and whose tasks can be interchangeable/supported by others. I guess the definite role of each committee member will be largely determined by the committee itself upon post-election. As long as one is active and involved, it does not really matter which post they official are.

In retrospect, I probably prefer the vice-president post as it offers new skills to be learnt while still remaining relevant to my previous experience of being an Education Officer.

I hope this answers your question Smile
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PostSubject: from Kostya   Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:58 pm

Lan,

Thank you for your responses.

The budget of EAAA has 0 pounds/euroes/dollars/rupis/yans/...etc on its account and actually we do not have an account, however we managed to run all our activities implemented etc!

Some ways of funding can be investigated and good that you have this structure in mind.

Basically the task for the nearest future for those who are in the board and those who are not in it is to seek the ways of creating an account.

I for sure will do the other work related to the fact that we are an organization registered in France: we will need to provide them a report of the elections etc in the nearest future. I have done it two years, so I think I know the process.
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