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10.02.2010
18:00

Supply Chain Management at EBS

Towards the end of my first semester in the MBA program, I was asked to choose between two different concentrations – Finance or Supply Chain Management (Operations).

Supply Chain Management at EBS is offered by the Supply Chain Management Institute (SMI). They have a ties with the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (IIMB) and run courses focused on India and on emerging markets. SMI works very closely with various corporations.

I chose Supply Chain Management because I come from the manufacturing industry with a Mechanical Engineering background and already had a feel for operations management. I always liked supply chain and logistics networks and looked at it to understand how they were designed and managed. I also used to look at the rail/tram network designs of a city, more so, after coming to Germany. Together with my mathematical bend of mind, liking for numbers and computers, it made perfect sense for me to choose Supply Chain Management. It will also broaden my job choices after I complete my studies at EBS.

As part of my coursework, I am currently taking Advanced Concepts in Supply Chain Management, Financial Supply Chain Management, and Management Information Systems. From a practical standpoint, I am currently doing project work with Danone Waters Deutschland GmbH on supply chain network design with a focus on optimizing costs.

(PS) I do like finance and am currently planning to do my MBA thesis by linking both finance and supply chain management.

27.01.2010
15:00

Why I chose EBS & Germany

As all of you might agree, it was not an easy decision to come to Germany from India for my MBA, as there were numerous opportunities in India and elsewhere in the world for me to do my MBA. I must admit, the decision to choose EBS and Germany was a tough one.

For the three years prior to joining my MBA at EBS, I was scanning the whole world to decide on where to do my MBA. In January 2008, during the QS MBA World Tour, the EBS MBA was presented to me by the EBS MBA Admissions Team in Mumbai, India. It was the beginning of a fruitful association with EBS.

Up until the MBA World Tour, I had never looked at or considered an MBA in Germany. But when looked at Germany more closely, it made sense to me in many ways; I am a Mechanical Engineer with an Automotive Industry experience. So for me, with this type of background, Germany is heaven on Earth. Additionally, I had worked with many German automotive suppliers during my career in Automotive Industry. I was also impressed by the way Germans work – their professionalism, perfectionism and hardworking nature.

EBS MBA is focused on BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries and had a strong international focus. The diversity of the MBA class – based on the culture, background, etc. – was great. The duration of the MBA program at EBS is 18 months (In US – ~24 months, in UK/Australia – ~12 months). EBS has an excellent reputation for its management courses among the financial and consulting companies, especially in Germany. EBS is also located very close to Frankfurt, the financial capital of Germany, and lies on the banks of the River Rhine in the beautiful region called the Rheingau.

EBS has a strong alumni network and they support the school and its students very actively. EBS alumni hold positions in all the big companies in Europe, and they often came down to campus to give talks, company presentations, symposiums etc.

The icing on the cake for me was the cost of doing my MBA at EBS. EBS MBA costs only 19,500 Euros for the whole 18 months. There are also many scholarships and financing options available for prospective students. The cost of doing my EBS MBA with these scholarships fit perfectly into my budget.

I want to be a global citizen and hence decided on an MBA with a true international focus (without taking a dip into my bank account). I got all three of these things when I decided to do my MBA here at EBS in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.

20.01.2010
10:10

MBA Blogger: Leo

Hi guys and gals, I am Leo, an MBA student at EBS from India. I attained my degree in Mechanical Engineering at the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirapalli, India. Thereafter, I worked for three years in the Research & Development department of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. as an Assistant Manager in Mumbai, India.

I will be representing the EBS MBA Class of 2011 on this blog. I hope to take you through the EBS MBA experience through my future posts. I promise to give you some insights into my program, thereby catering to the needs of many readers, be it prospective (EBS) MBA student, present MBA students from other colleges, prospective MBA recruiters, or just passers by who want to learn more about the life of EBS students.

I will be discussing many topics related to EBS and the EBS MBA in particular. Check back in next week to find out why I chose the European Business School, and why I decided to do my MBA in Germany.

Leo aka NoeL

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