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As part of our MSc student blogs series, we hear insights from students on our MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership programme, run in collaboration with the Said Business School. They share their experiences of running an immersive student event and celebrating their shared passion for coffee.

MGHL students at coffee event 2024
L-R Omari, Kareem, David, Maju and Isra

On the MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership programme, the journey is not just about academic rigor; it's also about fostering a vibrant and diverse community where learning extends beyond the classroom. Recently, as we delved into the intricacies of Systems Leading in Comparative Healthcare, we learned a great deal about systems thinking and how to tackle wicked global healthcare problems from different angles.

Before diving into the module, we decided to infuse a bit of flavour - quite literally - into our learning experience. What better way to kickstart our learning journey than with a global exploration of one of the world's most beloved beverages: coffee.

Gathering our classmates for a social event, we embarked on a sensory journey that spanned continents. From the high-altitude plantations of Colombia to the ancient terraces of Yemen, through the lush landscapes of Honduras, we sampled specialty coffee from diverse corners of the globe. Each cup was a window into the unique terroir, culture, and craftsmanship of its origin.

But it wasn't just about tasting; it was about understanding the art and science behind brewing. We experimented with various techniques - pour over, espresso, Turkish, Arabic - each method a testament to the rich tapestry of coffee culture worldwide. As the aroma filled the room and conversations flowed, it became evident that this gathering was more than just a coffee tasting; it was a celebration of curiosity and connection.

The energy in the room was palpable as we sipped, savoured, and shared our newfound knowledge. Amidst laughter and discussions, barriers dissolved, and bonds strengthened. It was a reminder that learning doesn't have to be confined to textbooks and lectures; sometimes, the most profound insights emerge over a cup of coffee shared among colleagues and friends.

Armed with caffeine-fuelled enthusiasm, we approached the third module with renewed vigour and a broader perspective. The principles of systems thinking, and the complexities of global healthcare challenges awaited us, but we were ready – emboldened by the spirit of exploration that defined our prelude to learning.

As we continue our journey at Oxford, let us remember that moments like these - where learning intersects with laughter, and community intertwines with curiosity - are not just indulgences; they are essential ingredients in the recipe for transformative and impactful education.

So, who said we can't have fun while studying at Oxford? We beg to differ.

Stay tuned for more adventures in learning, fuelled by curiosity and solidarity, as we navigate the complex landscape of global healthcare leadership.

Kareem, Isra, David, Maju and Omari – MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership 2023-2025

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