The St Andrews itinerary for Thursday saw students get tough with each other in a fun and challenging negotiation masterclass, followed by an enjoyable practical exercise! They also prepared for their big day on Friday, as the graduation ceremony drew closer.
The weather was sunny and warm again, and the students’ bright demeanours reflected this as they navigated their morning classes with the usual studious precision. Even though the vast majority of projects are finished with, the cohort still have a desire to learn, which is great to see.
The afternoon routine was shaken up with a fascinating masterclass into the art of negotiation. It was led by Robin El Kady, and examined some of the principles of negotiating, among other things. The group looked at Game Theory, a branch of mathematics with applications in the field of negotiation.
Essentially, Game Theory can be used to examine how negotiations can be affected by the influence of rival parties. To help the students grasp this concept, they took part in a practical demonstration, as they split into four groups or “countries” and tried to negotiate oil rights with each other!
The exercise was very enjoyable, and enhanced the students’ understanding at the same time. Away from the negotiating table, the students had a quiet evening preparing for Friday’s fantastic festivities – it’s certainly going to be one to remember!