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Hrushikesh Pathak | EBS Master´s student

Studying in a foreign country is, above all, exciting. Many new impressions, foreign cultures and new people await you. Of course, you often have a lot of thoughts and questions beforehand.


Hrushikesh comes from the vibrant city of Pune in India and is currently doing the Master in Management at EBS. His first experiences at EBS were very enriching and characterised by helpfulness and mutual curiosity. So be curious and find out more about Hrushikesh's studies at EBS Universität in Germany.

11 questions we asked Hrushikesh about his study experience at EBS

I decided to study in Germany at EBS primarily because of the practical approach of their Master in Management (MiM) programme. The programme offers a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and real-world applications, including case studies, discussion sessions, and guest lectures. This approach is essential in preparing me for a career in consultancy, equipping me with both knowledge and practical experience. Furthermore, the programme’s emphasis on international connections, through opportunities to connect with international universities, aligns perfectly with my business goals. My decision was reinforced after talking with alumni and current students of EBS, who confirmed the value and impact of this programme. Their experiences and insights resonated with my career aspirations, solidifying my choice to pursue my studies at EBS in Germany.

Before I came to Germany, my biggest concerns revolved around adapting to a new culture and overcoming the language barrier, as I didn’t speak German at all. The fear of the unknown was also quite prevalent. Adjusting to a new lifestyle in a country with different customs, where punctuality and organisation are highly valued, was something I was apprehensive about​​. Additionally, the challenge of communicating effectively in a new language was a significant concern. I knew that learning basic phrases in German was crucial, but the thought of not being able to express myself fully or understand others was daunting​​. 


At the same time, I was really looking forward to immersing myself in the German culture. I was excited about the prospect of making new friends, both German and international. The rich European heritage and stunning architecture, and the presence of major companies, especially in the automotive sector, were aspects I eagerly anticipated experiencing. Travelling around Europe, visiting historical places and being at the centre of so much history and cultural diversity were aspects I couldn’t wait to explore. The opportunity to be in a place that’s so pivotal on the global stage was something I was greatly looking forward to.

Before coming to Germany, one typical cliché I had in my head was the idea of Germans being extremely punctual and organised. This stereotype is quite widespread and is often linked to the German cultural emphasis on efficiency and orderliness. In practice, this cliché turned out to be quite true. I observed that punctuality is, indeed, considered a virtue in Germany. People value being on time for appointments, and there’s a general expectation for public transportation and other services to adhere to their schedules, although occasional delays do happen.


Another cliché I had was about Germans being passionate about football. This, too, was confirmed during my stay. Football is incredibly popular in Germany, with a significant following for both domestic leagues and the national team. It’s not just a sport; it’s a significant part of the cultural fabric of the country.


When I first came to Germany, one aspect that I was initially taken aback by was the straightforward and direct manner of communication that many Germans employ. This directness, often perceived as bluntness, was something I had to adjust to. In my home country, communication tends to be more indirect, and so this German trait initially came across as somewhat rude to me. 

However, I soon realised that this directness is not meant to be rude or offensive. It is simply a cultural norm in Germany, where people value clear, concise communication. Germans tend to say exactly what they think and feel, without much sugar-coating or circumlocution. This approach is about efficiency and honesty, not a lack of politeness.


Over time, I learned to appreciate this straightforwardness. It eliminates a lot of the guesswork and ambiguity that can often make communication more complicated. While it took some getting used to, I now see the benefits of this direct communication style, especially in professional settings where clarity is key.


However, it’s important to remember that while some stereotypes have a basis in reality, every individual is unique and diverse, and these generalisations don’t hold true for everyone. My experience in Germany has been enriched by the diversity of people and cultures I’ve encountered, which often go beyond the simple clichés and stereotypes. 

My first impression of EBS was genuinely awe-inspiring. The campus itself was beautiful, with a particularly stunning view of the Rhein, which added a serene and picturesque quality to the environment. It was a stark contrast to my previous university. The buildings at EBS had their own unique character, each telling its own story and adding to the overall charm of the campus. Notably, the presence of a fallen castle on the campus grounds added a historical and majestic element, making it feel like I was stepping into a blend of history and modern education. This environment was both inviting and inspiring, setting a perfect backdrop for the beginning of my educational journey there.


As for my fellow students, they were incredibly welcoming. From the first day, I found it easy to make friends, which was a heartening experience. There was a palpable curiosity among us, with everyone eager to learn about each other. Many students were intrigued by my background and asked numerous questions about India, my city and its rich diversity. They were often surprised to learn about the vastness and cultural variety of India. Conversations about my mother tongue and the other languages I speak were common and engaging.


In turn, I was equally curious about my non-Indian peers and asked them questions, which led to some really enlightening exchanges. The German students, in particular, were incredibly helpful. They assisted me with navigating the bureaucracy that comes with studying in a new country and took the time to show me around, which helped me settle in more comfortably. This initial interaction set a tone of camaraderie and mutual respect, which I believe is a testament to the inclusive and global environment that EBS fosters.

On my first day at university, I remember feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness. I was unsure about how things would work out, whether I would fit in or if I’d be able to make friends. It was a new environment, filled with unfamiliar faces and different routines compared to what I was used to.


Now, reflecting on my time at the university, there’s been a significant transformation in how I feel and perceive my surroundings. I’ve become very comfortable at the university. In fact, the thought of leaving after completing my studies by the end of this year fills me with a sense of apprehension. The university has not just been a place of academic learning; it has been a crucible for personal growth.


Over the years, I’ve cultivated numerous connections and forged lasting friendships. These relationships have been instrumental in my development, both personally and professionally. I’ve been exposed to diverse perspectives and ideas that have broadened my world view. The campus, once unfamiliar terrain, now feels like a second home. The halls and classrooms that seemed daunting at first are now filled with cherished memories.


Moreover, the opportunities for involvement in clubs, societies and various activities have enriched my university experience. Engaging in these extracurricular activities has not only honed my skills but also provided a balance to the academic rigour. It’s been a journey of becoming more self-aware, confident and prepared for the challenges of the outside world.


In conclusion, my university journey has been a transformational experience. From the nervousness of the first day to the confidence and attachment I feel now, it’s been a journey of growth, learning and making lasting bonds. The thought of moving on to the next chapter of my life is bittersweet, but I am grateful for the experiences and lessons learned here.

When comparing EBS to my home university, SPPU in Pune, the differences are quite notable. EBS, for instance, is very individually focused, particularly evident in the student–professor ratio, which is highly conducive to a personalised learning experience. This is a significant contrast to the larger class sizes I was accustomed to back in Pune.


EBS’s academic reputation is impressive, consistently ranking high in various national and international university rankings. Such rankings highlight the university’s excellence in equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed for successful careers.


Another striking difference is the global orientation of EBS. The university has notable alumni holding prestigious positions in multinational corporations like Google and Goldman Sachs, and maintains partnerships with several top global universities and companies. This broad network offers EBS students unique opportunities for international exposure and career advancement. 

The holistic approach at EBS, combining theoretical knowledge with practical skills, and its global outreach makes it a unique educational institution compared to universities in my home country. The differences in size, focus and international connections have profoundly impacted my educational experience, providing a richer, more diverse learning environment.

Shifting from a mechanical engineering background to the Master in Management (MSc) field at EBS presented a range of challenges, each providing an opportunity for growth and learning. Initially, the shift in academic focus was the most noticeable. Engineering, with its emphasis on technical problem-solving and tangible outcomes, contrasts sharply with management studies where the focus is more on strategy, leadership and broader business concepts.


One of the most significant challenges I faced was learning to adapt to this new field, which required not only understanding but also applying modern business management concepts. It involved a deep dive into subjects that were quite different from my engineering background. Learning about finance, marketing, human resources and organizational behaviour was initially daunting but became increasingly engaging as I discovered the interconnectivity of these business functions.


Furthermore, in management studies, success is often seen through the lens of team and project achievements rather than individual technical accomplishments. The transition from seeing immediate results in engineering to appreciating the longer-term rewards of management, such as team development and project success, required a shift in mindset.


Additionally, communication skills took on a new level of importance. In the engineering realm, clear communication is essential, but in management, it’s not just about clarity, but also about being a careful and strategic communicator. Learning to convey ideas effectively, motivate team members and resolve conflicts diplomatically became crucial skills in my new academic environment.


Moreover, the need to view problems and solutions through a business lens rather than just a technical one was a significant change. This perspective shift from “how to build” to “why to build” and understanding the business implications of technological decisions were critical in my studies.


Finally, adapting to a more global perspective at EBS, with its diverse student body and international outlook, was both a challenge and a highlight of my experience. It provided an invaluable understanding of different cultures and business practices, enhancing my ability to operate effectively in a global business environment.

I live in a WG (Wohngemeinschaft, which means shared flat) in Wiesbaden, sharing the space with four German roommates. This living arrangement offers a great mix of privacy and community, and it’s been a fantastic way to immerse myself in the local culture and language.


In my free time, I actively engage in various outdoor and social activities in and around Wiesbaden. I often go hiking and cycling, taking advantage of the beautiful natural landscapes Germany offers. The region around Wiesbaden is perfect for these activities, with its scenic routes and trails.


Additionally, I participate in student parties, which are a great way to unwind and socialise with fellow students. These gatherings are not just fun but also provide an excellent opportunity to strengthen bonds with my peers and meet new people from diverse backgrounds.


On some weekends, I utilise the Deutschland-Ticket to travel to different cities in Germany. This ticket is a convenient and cost-effective way to explore the country, allowing me to experience the rich cultural and historical diversity that different German cities offer.


Sometimes, we organise house parties in our WG, which are always a great way to bring friends together, enjoy good music and create lasting memories. These parties are a blend of different cultures, as each of us brings our own unique background to the table.

Yes, I would absolutely recommend EBS to my friends, and there are several compelling reasons for this.


Firstly, EBS’s focus on individual attention, as evidenced by its favourable student–professor ratio, provides a highly personalised and effective learning environment. This aspect of EBS is a stark contrast to my previous experiences and allows for a more in-depth understanding of subjects, fostering a closer relationship with professors and a better overall academic experience.


Secondly, the diverse range of programmes and the high academic standing of EBS, consistently ranking among the top universities in various national and international rankings, ensures students receive a quality education that is respected globally. The strong network of alumni and connections with prestigious companies worldwide offer immense career opportunities post-graduation. 

Furthermore, EBS’s global orientation and its partnerships with renowned universities and corporations around the world provide students with unique opportunities for international exposure, which is vital in today’s interconnected world.


Additionally, living in Wiesbaden and being part of a vibrant student community have been incredible experiences. The opportunity to engage in various activities like hiking, cycling, participating in student parties, and travelling across Germany has greatly enriched my life outside the classroom. The blend of rigorous academic training with a dynamic social environment makes EBS a holistic place for personal and professional development.


Lastly, the shift from a technical background to a management-focused curriculum at EBS has been challenging but incredibly rewarding. It has equipped me with a broader perspective, essential management skills, and a deeper understanding of the global business environment.


In summary, the combination of a robust academic programme, a vibrant student life and excellent career opportunities makes EBS an ideal choice for anyone looking to enhance their education and career prospects in the field of business.

Studying at EBS has had a profound impact on my professional goals and interests. Initially, before joining EBS, my aim was to work as a consultant with a focus on strategy management. However, the experiences and opportunities at EBS have significantly shaped my career aspirations in new and exciting directions.


Since coming to EBS, forming connections with a diverse set of peers and learning new subjects have opened my eyes to the world of entrepreneurship. The environment at EBS, which encourages innovation and critical thinking, has ignited in me a strong interest in entrepreneurship. Now, my plan is to start my own company, focusing particularly on international strategy, an area that fascinates me and aligns with the global perspective fostered at EBS.


Additionally, my experience working as Global Program Manager at Jack Wolfskin, which I secured as a student job in my first semester, has been instrumental in this shift in my career trajectory. This role has allowed me to realise my talents and refine my interests, particularly in the areas of international business and programme management. Working in a real-world business environment has complemented my academic learning, providing practical insights and experiences that have been invaluable.

After completing my studies at EBS, my primary plan is to embark on the entrepreneurial journey by starting my own company. The experiences and knowledge gained at EBS have given me the confidence and insight needed to venture into the world of entrepreneurship. My time at the university has been instrumental in shaping this decision, especially through exposure to various business concepts and the entrepreneurial mindset fostered in the EBS community.


Moreover, in future, I envision starting my own consultancy focused on start-ups. The goal of this consultancy would be to help emerging businesses unlock the power of AI and technological solutions. I recognise the potential of these technologies in transforming business operations and strategies. By offering expertise in this domain, I aim to assist start-ups in harnessing these technologies to innovate and streamline their processes. 

This consultancy will not just be about providing technical solutions; it will be about enabling start-ups to focus more on refining and realising their core ideas while worrying less about the operational challenges of making it happen. The consultancy will offer strategic guidance and technical support, ensuring that these start-ups can navigate the complex landscape of modern technology efficiently. I plan to leverage the network built and connections formed during my time at EBS to support this venture. The university’s diverse and global network will be invaluable in gaining insights, securing collaborations and understanding different market dynamics.


In addition to these professional ambitions, I also plan to continue developing my skills and knowledge in areas related to AI, technology and business management. Continuous learning and staying updated with the latest trends and developments in these fields will be crucial for the success of my entrepreneurial and consultancy endeavours.


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