Eleven of our Online MBA students joined us at EU Munich for the 2017 EU Munich On Campus Week. While the official excuse for the five-day event was final exams, this on-campus component allows online students to make personal connections with classmates and faculty while networking with business leaders and multinational companies.
Upon arrival in Munich, our graduate students got straight to business with their Global Economics exam. They were quickly rewarded for their hard work with some hardy local food and drink at Donisl, a traditional German restaurant with a modern twist. The German culinary experience continued with pork knuckles, potatoes and of course, beer in exceptionally large glasses.
Guest Speaker Sessions
After students completed their exams (with flying colors, we’re sure), they attended two guest speaker sessions with German business leaders.
The first guest speaker was Sascha Mennel, founder of Comma Publications. With more than 10 years of business management experience, Mennel has a strong background in the areas of publishing, media, entertainment, merchandising and FMCG, having developed concepts for companies such as McDonald’s, Disney and Unilever. He is also a former board member of the International Licensing Association (LIMA).
Our second guest speaker was Malte Zeeck, founder and co-CEO of global expat community InterNations. During his university studies, Zeeck impressively undertook military service and a career as a flight attendant. Once graduated, he worked with multiple TV stations and produced documentaries for diverse countries around the world. Zeeck spoke about his love of travel and how passion and learning about other cultures inspired his business idea.
Students then went off campus for industrial visits to Munich multinationals BMW and Spaten Beer. A tour of the BMW Group Plant Munich gave students a behind-the-scenes look at automobile manufacturing. Students saw the press, body, paint, engine, interior equipment, seats, as well as the assembly process. While Spaten gave students a refreshing insight into the beverage industry. During the tour, students explored the world of beer production from logistics to bottling processes. Naturally, they couldn’t leave without sampling the product and enjoyed a beer tasting to cap off the visit.
A very social dinner at Italian restaurant, H’ugo’s Pizza-Bar-Lounge, concluded the on-campus week. EU Munich’s managing director, André Schlipp and EU Blended Online Programs academic dean, Dr. James Mulli (pictured, beer in hand) were both in attendance, not only for the delicious food but for an intimate dinner that allowed students to connect personally with their teachers and colleagues.
On-campus weeks are a crucial part of our online programs. Online MBA and EBBA students visit each country that EU has a campus. Taking them to the cosmopolitan cities of Barcelona, Munich and Geneva.