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EU Business School’s Online MBA students celebrated the end of Term II by heading to Munich for an on-campus week of team bonding, networking events, guest lectures and company visits.
Every Spring, EU hosts On-Campus Week in Munich, giving our Online MBA students the chance to connect with their peers, faculty members and business experts alike. This year, we welcomed 15 students from across the globe, some coming all the way from Bulgaria, India, China, the Philippines and Brazil.
Not only the land of pretzels, schnitzel and beer, Munich is an international business hub, Germany’s major economic power and a trailblazer on the road to sustainable business. And sustainability seemed to be the hot topic of this term’s On-Campus Week. Our students had the chance to live and understand approaches to business that help keep our environment, our employees and ourselves in alignment with our planet and the future.
During the first three days, our Online MBA students took their final exams on our beautiful Munich campus with EU’s Online Campus staff. They also had the opportunity to explore the vibrant city and get a feel for Bavarian culture.
An inspiring guest speaker session
We were delighted to welcome Sascha Mennel, CEO of Comma Publications, as guest speaker this year. He delivered an insightful presentation on franchising and how to keep up with the trends of his buyer group: young children. With over 15 years of experience in publishing, toys, entertainment and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), Sascha shared his vast expertise and knowledge with us.
Workshop: Business with a human face
Students also had the fantastic opportunity to take part in an interactive workshop with Betina Mazzarino, vice-president of the entrepreneurship program and member of the global board at PWN Global. She was awarded the EU Leadership Award in 2017.
With over 25 years of of experience as an entrepreneur, Betina knows exactly what it takes to create a positive working environment. During the workshop, she encouraged the Online MBA students to investigate themselves as forces for change and conducted several exercises to help promote this idea. The workshop titled ‘business with a human face’ encouraged students to reflect on their values and understand that change always starts from within.
The students had the unique opportunity to visit Infineon, world leaders in semiconductor products for automotive, industrial power and multimarket sectors, as well as chip card and security products. The students met with Dr. Pophal, global head of sustainability, continuity planning and energy management, and the winner of the EU Award in 2016, to discover more about the company. They also got a behind-the-scenes look at the products that Infineon makes.
The visit ended with a tour of the Infineon campus which includes an extensive garden between each building, natural lakes open to the public with sports facilities and even a train station that goes from the Infineon Campeon campus into Munich city center. Infineon also provides its employees with a doctor’s office on campus, a day care center (one of the biggest in Munich), a food court and even a beauty salon!
On the final day of On-Campus Week, the students enjoyed a fascinating visit to the Steelcase Learning and Innovation Center; a 14,400m² space designed for employees, dealers, customers, influencers and guests from around the world to lead, learn and innovate together. The visit took the students through a journey of each floor of the center, showcasing the many work environments possible and the reasons behind them. Steelcase has been described as the company that is redefining the definition of work through office furniture. Their designs are based on studying the work habits of a company’s employee and then designing furniture that promotes wellbeing according to their specific needs.
Networking opportunities galore
This Munich On-Campus Week was filled with a range of opportunities to mingle and network. The first event to take place was the orientation dinner. Luc Craen, vice president and managing director of EU Business School, and Dr. Jon-Hans Coetzer, EU’s chief academic officer, joined our students at the trendy restaurant Nero. The Online MBA students were able to finally meet each other in person in a relaxed atmosphere and get ready for the rest of the week’s events.
The second networking event included EU alumni, faculty and staff. Among those present were Betina Mazzarino, EU Munich’s academic dean as well as esteemed members of our alumni network. Current Online MBA students were able to connect with former EU students and faculty over an aperitif at Donisl restaurant, located in the historical center of Munich.
At the end of the week, the students came together for a final session to reflect on the memorable week and to talk about their experiences of the MBA program thus far.
All in all, the Bavarian experience was a complete success and we now look forward our next On-Campus Week in June on our sunny Barcelona campus.