Westford DBA Bootcamp 2023 at UCAM Campus, Murcia – Spain Nurturing Global Leaders in Business Research

Westford DBA Bootcamp 2023 at UCAM Campus, Murcia – Spain Nurturing Global Leaders in Business Research

The Westford DBA Bootcamp, a prestigious two-day event, recently took place at the main UCAM Campus in the enchanting city of Murcia, Spain on 22nd and 23rd June 2023. This transformative gathering brought together 22 aspiring DBA candidates from around the world, hailing from the UAE, USA, Nigeria, India, Oman, Canada, and more. The bootcamp, comprising a rich array of activities including research, paper presentations, and leadership workshops, aimed to empower these candidates to become the next generation of influential business leaders and researchers. 

Inauguration by Esteemed Dignitaries

The Westford DBA Bootcamp commenced with an inspiring opening address delivered by distinguished personalities from both UCAM and Westford University College. Dr. Estrella Nuñez Delicado, UCAM’s Vice Chancellor for Research, set the tone for the event with her encouraging words, emphasizing the importance of research in driving innovation and progress. Dr. Gonzalo Wandosell, the Dean of the Faculty of Business Sciences and Director of the UCAM Doctoral Programme in the Social Sciences, followed suit, highlighting the significance of interdisciplinary collaboration in the realm of research. Dr. Andrew Hambler and Prof. Martin Eley from Westford University College wrapped up the inauguration with a warm welcome to all the participants, expressing their excitement about the days ahead. The bootcamp’s agenda was thoughtfully curated to ensure a balanced blend of academic enrichment and interactive sessions. Dr. Andrew Hambler kicked off the activities with an introduction to the bootcamp’s objectives, setting the stage for the exciting days ahead. Dr. Gonzalo Wandosell further acquainted the participants with UCAM’s esteemed legacy and commitment to academic excellence.

Keynote Address and Workshop
One of the highlights of the bootcamp was the keynote address and workshop conducted by Mr. Pablo Blesa Aledo, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication at UCAM. His insightful session shed light on emerging trends in business research and the importance of effective communication in academic pursuits. Participants found the workshop to be intellectually stimulating, encouraging them to broaden their horizons and think innovatively.
Empowering Research and Leadership Skills
Research, a core component of the DBA journey, was thoroughly addressed during the bootcamp. Dr. Andrew Hambler delivered a session on “Preparing for your viva,” equipping the candidates with the necessary tools to excel in their research presentations. Additionally, Prof. Martin Eley’s session on “Writing a Literature Review” provided valuable insights into conducting comprehensive literature surveys and strengthening research methodologies.

Exploring UCAM Campus
Beyond the academic endeavors, the participants enjoyed an engaging university tour, exploring UCAM’s state-of-the-art facilities and stunning campus grounds. This experience left the candidates impressed, inspiring them to strive for excellence in their academic pursuits.

Celebrating Success

The Westford DBA Bootcamp concluded with an awards ceremony and the distribution of Certificates of Participation at the University Auditorium. This momentous occasion celebrated the participants’ dedication to academic growth and provided a platform for recognizing outstanding contributions.

The Westford DBA Bootcamp at UCAM Campus, Murcia, Spain was an enlightening and transformative event that left an indelible mark on all the participants. 

I recently had the pleasure of attending the UCAM Research and Leadership Bootcamp held at the beautiful Murcia Campus. Drawing upon my 15 years of experience as an educator, I've always been captivated by the subject of leadership, which is why I chose it as the focus of my thesis. The conference was an incredible experience, offering the chance to interact with esteemed experts like Dr. Sablo, who is a true connoisseur of leadership. The insights I gained during the event perfectly aligned with the goals of my thesis, and it feels like the beginning of an exciting and rewarding journey. 

Janaki Venkatesh

Doctorate of Business Administration, UCAM

I feel grateful for the vast knowledge I gained during the bootcamp and appreciated the opportunity to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including South Africa, UAE, USA, and Canada. Such diversity added immense value to the experience, and I eagerly looked forward to such experiences in the future. 

Nelson Emmanuel Msuya , Tanzania

Doctorate of Business Administration, UCAM

Participating in the comprehensive two three-day bootcamp has proven immensely beneficial, as it has supported us in diverse areas and facets of our academic journey. Throughout the event, I had the privilege of gaining invaluable insights from esteemed professors, alongside the opportunity to present my progress report. The constructive feedback provided by the professors will undoubtedly play a vital role in shaping my academic growth. Undoubtedly, this program has presented me with an exceptional opportunity, and I am profoundly grateful for the experience. I extend my sincerest gratitude for this valuable opportunity. Thank you.

Bikal Jha

Doctorate of Business Administration, UCAM.

My DBA journey commenced five months ago, and I am excited about the prospect of spending the coming years at UCAM. I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to both Westford and UCAM for giving me this incredible opportunity to attend the bootcamp. I eagerly anticipate the day of my graduation, where I will finally have the chance to meet everyone in person and celebrate this achievement together.

Mehyeddine Kabbara

Doctorate of Business Administration, UCAM

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