Albertopolis

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The path from South Kensington Station to the white pillars of Imperial College Business School is nothing short of special. With the Natural History Museum and Science Museum on my left and the V&A on my right, I am often swept up by the wonders that sit within Albertopolis.

Reminding me of days past, the museums represents the dig for knowledge. It overshadows the day-to-day madness that permeate through the modern structure that us business students dwell in. The museum’s contents are evidence of major efforts of scientists, explorers, and treasure-hunters. On the flip side, it contrasts the nature of business as a subject and as a means to an end.

Business, especially in IHM, is perceived as a vehicle to manage health institutions, be it hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, or non-profit organizations. Beyond the handful of students that are utterly immersed in business itself, others are more passionate about delivering healthcare or finding the next cure. “Efficiency”, “profit”, “security”, and “systems” crowd first term lectures.

Sometimes I would find myself glancing over my application essay to Imperial College. Why am I here? Why am I studying how to manage teams, maintain healthy financials, and capture market share? These questions bounced in my head as I exit through the revolving door that is infamous for getting stuck repeatedly.

Before long, I am on Exhibition Road. I look around and see testaments of the need to learn, the need to know. I am reminded, once again, of the passion that drove the collection of various artifacts, the creation of these museums, and the construction of Albertopolis. Talk of “efficiency”, “security”, and “systems” were surely part of these knowledge-centers. Without proper management, fossils would gather dust and buildings would deteriorate. The value of Exhibition Road as a mecca for knowledge-seekers would depreciate.

Perhaps, that is why I am here. The opportunity to study at Imperial College comes accompanied by the opportunity to pass these great halls every single day, and be repeatedly reminded of the relationship between knowledge and business.

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