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12.05.2010
17:00

Why I Chose EBS

Choosing a study path is a big decision. Luckily for me I knew for a while that I wanted to study a subject related to business- but also that I did not want to be one of 300 students in a huge lecture hall. When my sister heard about the EBS at her school she brought the information materials home for me and told me that she had found the school I would want to study at. She was right. I liked the fact that I could not only study business but also languages, especially since I had already studied English and Spanish for quite some time in school. Also, I liked that classes were taught in comparably small groups.

The good reputation of the school and the large network of alumni were other facts that made me choose to apply. It was very impressive to see how many exEBS (alumni) work in or own large and well-known companies in Germany and around the world.

10.05.2010
13:41

Cultural Extra-mural activities at EBS

After a trip to a fabulous concert at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, which was organized by an EBS student, I sat musing over the richness that such cultural activities add to one’s education. Most companies have moved away from hiring graduates solely on the strengths of their academic and factual knowledge. In today’s market companies want to recruit well-rounded graduates with a rich involvement in extra-mural activities, be those social initiatives, sporting or cultural activities. Hence the value of attending a concert, opera, theatrical production or a philharmonic orchestra performance should not be under-rated. On the contrary, it is time well spent and provided you openly embrace the music or performance, you can have a wonderful experience.

The EBS Band, a student led association, has a number of performances during the semester on campus which allow students to entertain attendees with their musical abilities. A group of independent student Musicians from the Bachelor and Master classes organized a few concerts last semester and had a concert this April too. The Advents Concert; it was truly an impressive display of string, wind and piano and boasted a couple of opera singers to top it off. All those in attendance, including myself, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. After all, music adds colour to life.

Cultural attractions in the nearby cities of Wiesbaden, Mainz and Frankfurt are numerous. There is a growing trend at EBS whereby students take the initiative and organize outings to some of these cultural events. The experience has a rich educational value, which is interwoven into developing ourselves as well-rounded EBS graduates. Continued and increased support and encouragement of cultural activities and initiatives from the EBS administration needs to take place to continue to grow and strengthen this area, which in my opinion helps develop more rounded EBS graduates.

05.05.2010
19:00

Why Did I Choose EBS?

Der Neue: Eine kurze Vorstellung

I have been asked this question numerous times, being a South African and being seemingly far from home. To be honest there were a number of both personal and career-orientated reasons for choosing EBS. Starting from a career perspective, I wish to start my career in Europe and hence having a Master’s Degree from a European Institution strengthens my chances of success significantly, especially in our current tough market conditions. I wanted to do a Masters in Management so as to have a well-rounded education and qualification, with my Bachelors’ majors being Economics, Information Systems and German Studies. Additionally I wanted to continue to improve my German, which was partly due to my undergraduate extra major in German Studies as well as having a German wife. There is no better place than in a German speaking society to achieve this; hence, Germany was an obvious choice.

I had previously researched doing a foreign semester during my Bachelor Studies, and EBS had been my desired institution. However, due to complications from my then home University in South Africa I was unable to partake in a foreign exchange. It was at that point that I decided that against all odds I would come to Germany and make it into EBS Masters.

The pursuit of my ambitious dream of going to one of Germany’s top business schools began (from a point of sitting in South Africa) with job offers from large reputable companies in South Africa on the table, no authorization to reside in Germany, no acceptance to EBS, and no funding for my studies at EBS. I took on these challenges, and against all odds-- despite hiccups and complications-- persevered with the entire process from February 2008 until July 2009.

I succeeded in being accepted to EBS with courses in English, a beautiful country side location conducive to studying, and an international-orientated educational program.

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