From Hamburg to MIT and beyond: The German business degree opening doors for students

After months of disruptions, much of the world appears to be reopening for business – and those with a degree in Business Administration are going to be really well placed to take advantage of the fact.

From Hamburg to MIT and beyond: The German business degree opening doors for students
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In partnership with Kuehne Logistics University, we look at the customisable degree that will put you at the front of the pack for an international career in business management in a post-pandemic world.

Many Business Administration degrees are designed with breadth in mind – students are given a wide overview of the business world, without drilling down into specifics. This is the KLU difference. From the very beginning, KLU designed their programs with customisability in mind.

It’s your last chance to apply for a customisable business degree at KLU: applications close July 15.

Finding a focus

As part of their Bachelor of Business Administration program, KLU offers four specializations divided into the two profile lines of human and environment, and data and systems. These specializations are international management, sustainable management, supply chain management or management information systems, and each comprise a number of electives.

Alumnus Paul Jordan, who has since spent time at both the prestigious Boston Consulting Group, and University of St Gallen, tells us: “I could design a curriculum that fits my interests. I liked selecting the specialization and the electives as I was not sure at the beginning which one would reflect my interests.”

Philipp Zimmer, another alumnus who is currently interning for the United Nations before starting his Masters at MIT, says: “Everybody’s individual interests were catered through the approach that the faculty take, and the variety of group projects.”

KLU Alumni, Paul Jordan and Philipp Zimmer (Pic: Provided)

A wide world of experience

The BSc in Business Administration also operates on two different tracks – a standard and an intensive track. Both cover the same material, while the intensive track offers more of the real-life experience for which Kuehne Logistics University is renowned for providing.

All students in the BSc of Business Administration program complete not only a semester abroad, working with another institution, but also an internship, either in Germany or abroad. Students on the intensive track complete an additional internship, giving them more unique perspectives of global business.

As Jordan tells us: “The program includes an internship. This was one of the reasons why I chose KLU. I attended Ohio State University for one semester, which was a great experience and contrast to KLU, as OSU has over 100,000 people on campus.

“As KLU is quite a small business school, the network within the community is exceptionally strong. One of our alumni was working at KPMG when I searched for my first internship. He helped me to get an internship there after my second semester, which was amazing.”

Zimmer recalls of his time on internships, and his semester abroad: “You can interact with students, staff, and faculty from around the globe while belonging to the small KLU family. I firmly believe my thinking would not have been shaped and sharpened by so many cultural encounters in any other place.”

Work with some of the world’s key business players in an internship or semester abroad, with KLU. Apply by July 15 for a guaranteed start this September. 

The KLU campus (Pic: Supplied)

High quality teaching and learning

Jordan also highlights the teaching on offer at KLU as a highlight of his time there.

“I highly enjoyed the small and focused groups. We were only about 30 students in my class, and as we divided it for the electives, I had courses with only five students. The interaction with the professors in such small groups was fantastic as I could ask, and get answers to, any questions that I had.

“Moreover, the teaching methods are a great mix of theory and practice. This was very important for me as I can imagine doing a Ph.D. at some point, but I also want to apply the knowledge learned during my internships and first job.”

Teachers at KLU are experts in their field, and alumni often cite the small classes and working relationships with teachers as standouts.

There is also an active student body at the modern KLU campus, located in Hamburg’s vibrant and trendy port area HafenCity, so Jordan was in the thick of it.

“Students can get entrepreneurial and shape the campus community,” he says. “During my semester abroad, I highly enjoyed participating in on-campus clubs and especially student consultancies. Therefore, I founded KLU’s student consultancy. With our 20 students strong team, we have conducted four projects and offered more than seven workshops to the KLU community.”

Zimmer expands on this.

“What elevates teaching at KLU beyond the levels of other institutions is the density of excellent researchers, who are continuously shaping their respective fields,” he says. “Paired with the small class settings and direct interaction with these professors, KLU facilitates a center of excellence for thinking in logistics and management.”

Kuehne Logistics University’s BSc in Business Administration is the natural choice for those students who want to build the degree that best prepares them for a career in global business.

Applications close July 15 for the program, and students who are accepted will have a guaranteed start, either in-person, or virtually, later this year. All classes are held in English.

Last few days to apply to this KLU program – applications close July 15. Are you ready to build the degree that sets you apart from the competition?

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‘It’s their loss’: Italian universities left off UK special study visa list

The UK is missing out by barring highly skilled Italian graduates from accessing a new work visa, Italy's universities minister said on Wednesday.

'It's their loss': Italian universities left off UK special study visa list

Universities and Research Minister Cristina Messa said she was disappointed by the UK’s decision not to allow any graduates of Italian universities access to its ‘High Potential Individual’ work permit.

“They’re losing a big slice of good graduates, who would provide as many high skills…it’s their loss,” Messa said in an interview with news agency Ansa, adding that Italy would petition the UK government to alter its list to include Italian institutions.

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“It’s a system that Britain obviously as a sovereign state can choose to implement, but we as a government can ask (them) to revise the university rankings,” she said.

The High Potential Individual visa, which launches on May 30th, is designed to bring highly skilled workers from the world’s top universities to the UK in order to compensate for its Brexit-induced labour shortage.

Successful applicants do not require a job offer to be allowed into the country but can apply for one after arriving, meaning potential employers won’t have to pay sponsorship fees.

Students sit on the steps of Roma Tre University in Rome.

Students sit on the steps of Roma Tre University in Rome. Photo by TIZIANA FABI / AFP.

The visa is valid for two years for those with bachelor’s and master’s degrees and three years for PhD holders, with the possibility of moving into “other long-term employment routes” that will allow the individual to remain in the country long-term.

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Italy isn’t the only European country to have been snubbed by the list, which features a total of 37 global universities for the 2021 graduation year (the scheme is open to students who have graduated in the past five years, with a different list for each graduation year since 2016).

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL Switzerland, Paris Sciences et Lettres, the University of Munich, and Sweden’s Karolinska Institute are the sole European inclusions in the document, which mainly privileges US universities.

Produced by the UK’s Education Ministry, the list is reportedly based on three global rankings: Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, and The Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Messa said she will request that the UK consider using ‘more up-to-date indicators’, without specifying which alternative system she had in mind.