"Learning business by doing business"

Category: Englisch

In front of the Jedermann restaurant, where the welcome dinner was held.

Visit to the ECB in Frankfurt

The GMS concluded with the certificate presentation ceremony, held in the Hock Hall of the TH AB

Triple GMS graduate Tiffany Seipel from UMSL

4th Global Master School at the TH Aschaffenburg afforded participants interesting insights into management issues in international teams


The fourth Global Master School, which was opened by the president, Professor Eva-Maria Beck-Meuth at an official welcome dinner held at the beginning of last week, was hosted and coordinated by the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences.
The Global Master School (GMS) is a short-term English-language study programme that was initiated in 2013 by the TH Aschaffenburg in a trilateral partnership with the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) from the USA and the University of Seinäjoki (SEAMK) in Finland. Since then, it has been organised alternately by each of the three partner institutions.  

This year's Global Master School was held under the title of "Towards improved decisions - Learning business by doing business in cross-cultural teams - a business simulation" and was attended by a total of 35 students from the Master's programme in international management at the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences and MBA students from the partner universities of Seinäjoki (Finland) and Missouri St. Louis (USA).

Centred on a computer-aided business simulation
It centred on a computer-aided business simulation that was performed in intercultural teams, flanked by lectures on relevant fields of strategic management, sales, innovation management, IT and human resources, all in an international context. Professors from the Faculty of Business and Law as well as the partner organisations – the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL), Northpark University Chicago and Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences – contributed their expertise and experience, as did a number of guest lecturers from the UK and Bulgaria.

Intensive international learning and work experience
"The aim of the Global Master School is to facilitate intensive, compact international learning and work experience, both here and on the other university campuses (’internationalisation at home’), explains Professor Alexandra Angress, international representative of the Faculty of Business and Law and project manager of the Global Master School at the TH Aschaffenburg. The GMS was organised by the International Office and the Career Service, in cooperation with colleagues from the Faculty of Business and Law.

Business networking lunch
Frank Schlottke, founder and partner of apsec, gave a number of insights into the digital challenges facing companies in Germany, at a business networking lunch. Students had the opportunity to engage in networking with regional and international representatives from universities and industry, including an alumna of the GMS. The multifaceted program of this year's Global Master School also included excursions to Miltenberg and Frankfurt, with a lecture at the European Central Bank and the opportunity of a visit to the Nuremberg Christmas Market. 

Second triple GMS graduate received an award
The official farewell ceremony was held last Friday, in which participants were presented with their certificates. Tiffany Seipel, a student from the American partner university UMSL, received an award as a triple GMS graduate. She became only the second person to successfully complete the Global Master School at all three locations. The first triple GMS graduate was Marcel Rother, who now works as a teacher in special activities at the Faculty of Business and Law.

The TH Aschaffenburg has now handed over the baton to its Finnish university partners in Seinäjoki, who will be hosting the next Global Master School in May 2020. For more information, see: www.th-ab.de/gms