Category: News, News Startseite, News International Office 06/16/2017

“Understanding the Winds of Change Blowing Across Europe”

A total of 24 students from four continents currently attend the Summer Program at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management from July 12 to 23, 2017. The HHL Summer Program has been held every year since 1997, imparting practice-oriented knowledge and relevant skills to enable students to build up business relationships in the European Union, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. The participants come from HHL's partner universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, the U.S., and the United Kingdom.

The two-week interactive course is composed of lectures, company visits and case studies providing students a variety of perspectives. The lectures are given by given by HHL professors, government advisors, as well as professors from our eastern European partner universities. The combination of academic, cultural and in the market perspectives as to the current European business climate will allow students to form their own views as to the future of business in the European Union.

Company visits in both Leipzig and Prague, will further allow participants to hear first-hand how managers of multinational companies attempt to reap the rewards of doing business in Europe while managing the hurdles. Furthermore, participants will gain insights as to how various cultures affect how decisions are made at the management level. 

Jaime Marcus Aguero, MBA student at the University of North Texas, says, "Living in the United States with the current political climate, I am inundated with information regarding the European Union from the US point of view. It has been said that the European Union is obsolete and that Brexit is the beginning of the end of the EU. When seeking a program that would truly explain what the European Union is and isn’t, who benefits and who doesn’t, and if the challenges are insurmountable, the HHL Summer Exchange Program of Doing Business in Europe was, exactly, the course I was looking. From this course, I intend to gain a better understanding of the winds of change blowing across Europe, how these changes impact the member countries within the European Union and Europe’s historical relationships with the U.S., and what I can do to present a more complete picture of the European Union back home.”

Adds fellow student Nilsel Öztop, MBA student at the Sabanci University, Istanbul, “By taking part in HHL’s summer program I have given a chance to evaluate and examine my home country Turkey socially and economically through the most up-to-date materials and statistical analyses given by excellent academians. Panels and extra-curricular activities that HHL offers increase my awareness and improve my perception of global issues.”

Nana Abena Pokua Mensah, Master in Management student at the Imperial Business School, London, comments: “As an international student who will be starting a financial services consulting career in London, this hands-on course will provide a crucial and timely understanding of the E.U.’s changing impact on European and global business operations particularly in light of Brexit and other recent political events. These diverse insights will be fundamental to my career success as it will enable me to contribute progressive solutions to the operational and strategic challenges my clients will face operating in such a changing political and business environment. Finally, I am extremely excited at this opportunity to explore the rich cultures of not only one but two amazing countries and make lifelong memories and friendships!”

Frank Hoffmann, Director of International Relations at HHL, who is responsible for the Summer Program, says, "Our partner universities enthusiastically recommend participation in the classes held in Leipzig and in Prague to their students. The Summer Program teaches similarities and differences in the individual EU member states in addition to the economic and managerial related content. This cannot be offered outside Europe and HHL is predestined to cover these topics thanks to its conceptual orientation and its location. With the background of an ongoing globalization the content is of special importance for companies outside of the EU working with their EU partners. Recently modified opinions in some countries about a cooperation with the EU, both in the political and economic area, make the topics more interesting for everybody."

Further information:

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

HHL is a university-level institution and ranks amongst the leading international business schools. The goal of the oldest business school in German-speaking Europe is to educate effective, responsible and entrepreneurially minded leaders. HHL stands out for its excellent teaching, its clear research focus, its effective knowledge transfer into practice as well as its outstanding student services. The courses of study include full and part-time Master in Management as well as MBA programs, a Doctoral program and Executive Education. HHL is accredited by AACSB International.

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