Twenty-two Illinois MBA full-time and Professional (part-time) students are on a week long study abroad trip at Freie University (FU) in Berlin, Germany. Berlin is the capital of Germany and has a population of 3.4 million making it Germanys largest city. Berlin is a very culturally diverse country and is one of the worlds largest economic powers.
Our program kicked off Sunday evening with a welcome dinner at Spreestern, a traditional German restaurant. Students in FU's master in management and marketing program made us feel welcome and the students had a great time getting to know each other.
The first day of class was Monday morning. We were welcomed by Organizational Behavior Professor Georg Schreyogg as he shared the history of FU with us. The university was established in 1948 and has always had close ties with the United States. He then lectured about corporate ownership and control in German industry, discussing social responsibility and the corporate governance system, ownership, and the control classification. Following that, Illinois and FU students engaged in an intercultural training activity and discussed intercultural management techniques. The first class day concluded with a lecture on airline revenue management. After class a group of students visited the Jewish museum, one of Berlin’s must see sights.
We are looking forward to the remaining class lectures, visits to the Daimler Technology group and Reichstag (German parliament), and cultural activities!