There I was, staring at a tower that reminded me of the sheer power of authority. If the surrounding skyscrapers were not already a gaping sight, the ECB stood strong in the middle with the Euro clearly displayed in the heart of Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt.
Besides excellent professors, cutting edge facilities and great classmates, the MBS experience also offers certain privileges that are limited to “once in a lifetime” (normally of course!!). The trip to the European Central Bank was one such opportunity.
The security greeted us with thorough baggage and security checks followed by the mandatory identity verification. For once, I felt the security checks at the airports were a walk in the park! What awaited us was a true plethora of surprises (and I will not spoil any).
The euro zone is probably going through one of the worst patches since its formation. The specialists at ECB gave us a true insight into the macroeconomic factors and future prospects of the euro. Coming from the lion’s mouth, these presentations gave us an in-depth insight into the euro zone from an insider perspective.
Macroeconomics – a word that tells a lot of stories. According to our distinguished professor it is “a subject that explains every phenomenon we see around us”.
Adding to the experience, we networked with some bankers from the region over sparkling wine and Käse, discussing economics to our hearts content.
The setting sun and the view of the Schloss made me realize the day has come to an end. And, of course, that I need to prepare for the next adventure!
– Anoop Thampy –
Mannheim MBA Class of 2013