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Why Mannheim?

30 Oct

A dream come true….Africa is called to Germany

Born on African soil with descendants originating from India, I grew up in South Africa, a diverse nation, rich with minerals and wildlife. In a country where we fought against apartheid, the system that restricted some of our educational opportunities, having the chance to study internationally, is luxury that every African wishes to have, yet for most unreachable.

Pursuing my MBA has always been in my heart. A burning desire for a skill set that would grow my leadership skills, sharpen my business acumen, strategically position me for an executive role one day, the opportunity to influence those around me and my hungry country.

Where would I find an MBA programme that could offer me this? A programme that is recognised, track record of excellence, course schedule in subjects that I am interested in such as International marketing, located in a healthy economy and has a sensitivity for social responsibility?

I had been working for Anglo American Platinum for the last 12 years in a mining environment as a Process Chemist and then later as a Market analyst. There was never enough time as my career progressed, my desire to do this MBA continued to grow. Having a science degree was not enough. What would give me the springboard to the next level?

Where could I find a one-year MBA that fulfilled all my wishes?

Being a passionate Rotarian, busy with social projects in my home country on a daily basis, how would I give this up whilst doing an MBA? I was searching for a school that would match my values.

Located in Germany, epitome of excellence, beholding the strongest economy in Europe, offering a one-year MBA programme, rated highly internationally, recognised for best practices in Finance, Economics and Marketing, strategically positioned with Germany’s top companies and finally the Social Sustainability project in the schedule. Mannheim Business School had answered my heart’s desire.

World class education is a luxury that most Africans can only dream of, far unreachable.

Today I find myself in the beautiful Castle, beholding the beauty of Mannheim Business School, and a proud participant of the Full-Time MBA programme. It’s a gift that every African princess can wish for.. studying in a Castle.

– Evelyn Archery –

Mannheim MBA Class of 2014

There is ‘truly’ no substitute!

2 May

Even at minus2 degrees with the harsh snow against my jacket, I walked excitedly to the fancily designed building at a brisk pace.

Porsche, the sports car manufacturer, opened a new museum right next to the Head Quarter in Stuttgart in 2009 to showcase its design and engineering prowess.

PorsheAs part of the Class of 2013, MBS provided us with a private tour of not only the cutting-edge museum but also an extended tour of the Porsche HQ.

Right after the eye-candy of Porsches from over the decades, the examination of the current supply chain techniques implemented by Porsche A.G showed us a car manufacturer that always stays up to date with technology. If there were an expiry date on the manufacturing components, the car would be delivered to the customer way before the components expired!

The various design, selection and implementation procedures of the company were given a run-down, which also gave us a peek into the life at a global auto manufacturer. It is truly remarkable how Porsche has stepped up its production to almost 200,000 automobiles (this year) in a size-limited manufacturing facility.  The carbon fiber inserts, custom-leather dashboards and made-to-order ceramic brakes even served as an example of complex supply-chain management that we learnt as part of the MBA!

Reflecting on my day at Porsche, the cherry on the cake was definitely the peek into the upcoming (stunning!) Porsches; that even topped the lunch at the rooftop Porsche casino!

– Anoop Thampy –
Mannheim MBA Class of 2013

A company visit

18 Mar

One hour in a bus! That’s how long it took to travel around the BASF plant in Ludwigshafen.

The trip to the largest chemical companies in the world, BASF, is just a walk across the bridge from MBS. Covering the entire expanse of landscape across the Rhine from Mannheim, the facility is the largest chemical plant in the world. True to its name, BASF is a powerhouse in the chemical field with products in almost every industry known to man! Their international associations and open innovation techniques are a source of information to most companies that want to achieve a truly ‘global architecture’.

The information session opened our eyes to the history, changes in the industry and challenges that the chemical industry faces in light of recent developments. Additionally the in-house consulting team and the HR provided us with insights on the exciting work along with the opportunities at BASF.

The beautiful sight of first snow along with a pretty long game of snow-fight with the amazing 2013 cohort made the perfect ending to the eventful day!

1,78,000+ employees in over 100 locations with a turnover of 58 billion USD..Three numbers that constantly remind me about the size of the BASF world.

– Anoop Thampy –
Mannheim MBA Class of 2013

A Visit to the ECB

26 Feb

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.

ECB

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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

The beginning…

5 Nov

It’s all about you. I was a little nervous, yet excited, when I reached Mannheim in early September this year. After all, coming to Mannheim is one my most important decisions and of course a big investment.

It’s just been a little more than a month and there is so much to learn. I just need to keep my mind open. The knowledge simply flows in. I was talking to one of my classmates during kickoff week for about 20 minutes and I already learned a concept in Finance. That makes me wonder how much I will learn in an entire year.

The company presentations are great. I especially liked when a CFO of a company explained how his company survived a bankruptcy situation and what they learned from it. He was so confident that his company would never face that situation again. The post-MBA options that are offered by some companies are useful and many companies encourage us to take part in their competitive challenges. The industry experts explaining how they overcame the near crisis market situation was encouraging.

Weekends have never been so much fun. Every week someone organizes something. We already had a BBQ party, football matches and trips. Working in Multi-Competence Teams (MCT) and looking for information for our social project has been exciting, too.

Working in groups is essential here in Mannheim and helps us a lot to learn quickly, especially when working on real financial and marketing projects. I didn’t know that learning could be so easy.

Looking at Rhine River every morning from my window is so refreshing. Walking down the lane towards the Business School makes me feel good. People in the class are so helpful. We all have a different background, yet we have a common goal – to learn from each other. Some people in my class say “Sky is the limit”. It truly is.

And this is just the beginning ….

-Bikram Shrestha-
Mannheim MBA 2013

Meet Mannheim Business School at Düsseldorf – Thursday, 17th March

11 Mar

Join Mannheim Business School for the World MBA Tour in Düsseldorf and learn more about the Full-Time and Executive MBA programs:

Date, time: Thursday, 17 March · 15:00 – 21:00

Location:
Hotel Nikko Dusseldorf
Immermannstrasse 41
40210 Dusseldorf
Germany

Registration required, please go to http://www.topmba.com/mba-tour/dusseldorf

I wish all prospective students good luck with their applications to MBS and if you get a chance to visit MBS at the World MBA tour on 14th March in Frankfurt or at Düsseldorf on 17th March, please do so.

Have a good weekend,

Warm regards,

Anita

Meet Mannheim Business School at The World MBA Tour – Frankfurt

9 Mar

Just a quick post for all prospective students at MBS. Join MBS at The World MBA Tour in Frankfurt  on 14th March from 17.00 – 21.00 and learn more about our exciting Full-Time and Executive MBA programs:

The address is:

Hilton Frankfurt

Hochstrasse 4

60313 Frankfurt am Main

Germany

Registration required. Visit

http://tours.qsnetwork.com/index_wmt.php?module=wmt2&page=reg_form&eventid=915

Alles Gute!

Warm regards,

Anita

MBS, here I come!

1 Sep

Welcome to my blog! This is where I’ll blog about my experiences at the Mannheim Business School (MBS), Germany. If you are here to find out to understand more about the reasons why one would choose MBS, to walk through day in the life of an MBS-student, to get a flavour of what life-on-campus is all about, you are absolutely in the right place. Welcome on-board and happy reading!

I am a working professional from Mumbai, India and have 9.5 years of experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry in the roles of a programmer, solutions designer, team-lead, business analyst and manager. My last position was with the Shoppers Stop group, India, where I was heading the IT-function for Crossword Bookstores.

An MBA has been top-of-the-mind for me for a while now. However, it wasn’t until 2009 when I took the first steps towards making this dream of mine into reality. I came across Mannheim Business School, via the Economist rankings and my searches for a German business school. In my search for the business-school of my choice, I had the following criteria; a full-time, 1-year program, a diverse, international program, a program that offered a broad range of electives and a school in Europe, preferably Germany. This was because I have been learning German for around 5 years now and really wanted to make use of it. An MBA from a leading German business school would take me 1 step closer to working in Germany and using my knowledge of the German language. MBS fulfilled all of the above criteria and I was ready to take my 1st steps towards the school. Some inquiries and discussions with the Program-Management and alumni, later, I applied to MBS. 2 interviews and 1 case-study later, the next steps were taken towards my destination- Mannheim Business School was the chosen one! 🙂