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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Sweden’s Social Democrats call for ban on new free schools

Sweden's opposition Social Democrats have called for a total ban on the establishment of new profit-making free schools, in a sign the party may be toughening its policies on profit-making in the welfare sector.

Sweden's Social Democrats call for ban on new free schools

“We want the state to slam on the emergency brakes and bring in a ban on establishing [new schools],” the party’s leader, Magdalena Andersson, said at a press conference.

“We think the Swedish people should be making the decisions on the Swedish school system, and not big school corporations whose main driver is making a profit.” 

Almost a fifth of pupils in Sweden attend one of the country’s 3,900 primary and secondary “free schools”, first introduced in the country in the early 1990s. 

Even though three quarters of the schools are run by private companies on a for-profit basis, they are 100 percent state funded, with schools given money for each pupil. 

This system has come in for criticism in recent years, with profit-making schools blamed for increasing segregation, contributing to declining educational standards and for grade inflation. 

In the run-up to the 2022 election, Andersson called for a ban on the companies being able to distribute profits to their owners in the form of dividends, calling for all profits to be reinvested in the school system.  

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Andersson said that the new ban on establishing free schools could be achieved by extending a law banning the establishment of religious free schools, brought in while they were in power, to cover all free schools. 

“It’s possible to use that legislation as a base and so develop this new law quite rapidly,” Andersson said, adding that this law would be the first step along the way to a total ban on profit-making schools in Sweden.