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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Why ETH Zurich has been ranked the ‘best university in continental Europe’

A new international survey of universities has ranked Zurich’s Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) the highest in the world outside the US and the UK. How does this school excel?

Why ETH Zurich has been ranked the 'best university in continental Europe'
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The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 have placed ETH in the 15th place (out of 1,600 surveyed worldwide). The school dropped from the 14th-place ranking the previous year.

Universities in the United Kingdom and the United States hold all of the top rankings ahead of ETH Zurich.

But as the top 14 are not in continental Europe, this means ETH has the unofficial title of the of best in Europe.

What is ETH and what does it do?

It is a public research university focusing exclusively on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

It has a “sister” school located in Lausanne, the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), which specialises in natural sciences and engineering. 

The EPFL ranked in the 40th place in the survey.

Why has ETH scored so high in the study?

“Our strategy is derived from our federal mandate to conduct fundamental research, train specialists and transfer new knowledge to the economy and society,” said ETH President Joël Mesot.

University ranking methodology is based on scores for high-​level indicators relating to teaching, research, international perspective, and collaboration with industry.

“ETH’s overall scores show improvement in teaching, research, and publication citations”, the university’s rankings expert Paul Cross said.

However, it dropped slightly in terms of industry income and international outlook.

“Competition is fierce at the top tier of the rankings”, Cross noted. 

Here are some interesting facts about ETH:

  • It was founded in 1855 by the Swiss government to train engineers and scientists.
  • Today 18,000 students from over 100 different countries study at ETZ, 3,800 of whom are doctoral students.
  • So far, 21 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to researchers who have or had a connection with ETH Zurich.
  • While tuition in the top-ranking schools in the UK — Oxford and Cambridge — costs well over 10,000 francs each year, and in the in the US universities, such as Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Caltech, the annual tuition exceeds 50,000 a year, at ETH it is 1,460 francs.

In all, Switzerland is home to seven of the world’s top universities. Aside from ETH and EPFL, they are University of Zurich (75th place), University of Bern (101st), Universities of Basel and Geneva (103rd), University of Lausanne (176th).

Complete ranking can be seen here.

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