Creating Life-Long Learners and Global Professionals
Carrying a rich history of over 1000 years, Nuremberg, the second-largest city of the German state of Bavaria after its capital Munich, is home to some of the most renowned companies in the world. Adidas, Alcatel-Lucent, Bosch, Datev, Faber-Castell, GfK, MAN, Puma, Semikron, Siemens, Staedtler, Diehl, N-Ergie and Novartis Pharma are a few to name among them. No wonder Nuremberg attracts a large number of international students every year. Hosting international students from over 55 countries, OHM Professional School (OPS) is one of the prominent business schools in Nuremberg. “We were the first to offer the MBA program in Germany- that was in 1998. Consequently, we have a long experience. We take care of every single student individually and consider his special needs. Our students are welcome to join German classes for free at our Language Center. About 80 Percent of our MBA students have an international background,” says Kerstin Lorentz-Sabisch, MBA Program Manager of the OHM Professional School.
Preparing students for their job in the global economy is the top priority of the OPS, which is dedicated to producing global leaders through its MBA program. “As part of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm (Nuremberg Institute of Technology), we see lifelong learning as the key to ongoing professional success. We unite the various continuing education courses offered by Nuremberg Tech under one roof,” shares Ms Lorentz-Sabisch. With its 13,000 students, the Nuremberg Institute of Technology – Nuremberg Tech for short – is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany. As one of the most research-intensive Bavarian universities and one of the most successful in acquiring external research funding, Nuremberg Tech maintains excellent ties with the region’s business sector and is an essential driver of innovation in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region.
An MBA to Make a Difference
As one of the most experienced business schools in Germany with a wide range of educational programs, the OPS offers its MBA program in two different tracks, economical and non-economical background. Both are extra-occupational study courses designed for students with a first degree in business administration and/or economics (MBA Business Background) and students with different degrees (MBA Non-Business Background). The OPS MBA programs are entirely in English and offer an international environment to build students’ personal business networks. “The community is multinational with around 120 international students. We provide personal coaching for each student at the beginning and end of their studies to enhance their personal development,” states Ms Lorentz-Sabisch.
At the OPS, students can open the door to the next step of their international career with personal help and advice from its staff. The institute’s goal is to educate its learners in navigating a global business environment and daily management work and make them capable of acting appropriately in any situation. To provide high-quality practical exercises, the OPS has collaborated with companies such as Siemens, Schwan Stabilo, Diehl, Adidas and many more. Ms Lorentz-Sabisch explains, “Some courses include real-life projects with companies like DEHN (the world’s leading specialist in lightning protection and a provider of smart protection solutions) and Siemens. Two elective courses can be chosen by the students. The main courses are fixed. The students get in touch with the companies and might get a chance for an internship or a job.”
On the flip side, the cost of living in Nuremberg is less compared to other German cities, which is again an attractive proposition for international students. Besides, the OPS offers scholarships for international students. Ms Lorentz-Sabisch shares, “Exceptionally gifted, high-achieving international students can apply for the ‘Deutschlandstipendium,’ which is awarded once a year. The scholarship holders receive 300 euros per month.”
An Academic Life to Remember
The OPS emphasizes integrating methods and trends into applied research and a success-oriented approach to studying. “Courses such as “Innovation Management” teach Design Thinking. The curriculum also includes subjects such as ‘Company Projects.’ In these, students develop business models for renowned companies under the guidance of the professor,” says Ms Lorentz-Sabisch.
At the OPS, selected teams of university professors and top lecturers from the business world guarantee the effective linking of theory and practice. For instance, Prof. Bernd Hümmer, the Academic Director of the MBA, is one of the founders of “Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie”, an innovative, sustainable economic model with the goal of an ethical, economic culture. Furthermore, many OPS lecturers hold top positions in the private sector.
“As part of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm (Nuremberg Institute of Technology), our graduates benefit from “OHM Potentiale”, a support program for start-ups. Independently of this, for example, an MBA graduate founded the company “Kletterretter “, which sells hand cream for climbers,” shares Ms Lorentz-Sabisch. Be it academic, academicians or opportunities, the OPS delivers the best for its learners. “Besides exciting and interesting courses, there is also a Christmas party, barbeques and, of course, our unforgettable graduation parties. Trips to Brussels, Strasbourg or Miami are also offered,” concludes Ms Lorentz-Sabisch.
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