SUCCESSFUL TOUR TO GERMANY MARKED PROJECT CLOSURE WITH U. OF BAYREUTH

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT STUDENTS FROM THE SANTIAGO CAMPUS WORKED WITH STUDENTS FROM THE GERMAN INSTITUTION TO DISCUSS MATTERS RELATED TO THE BUSINESS WORLD.



July 20, 2017

The presentation of papers on the work carried out during a semester alongside their peers of the University of Bayreuth - located in East Germany, in addition to visiting small and large businesses to know their different operation logic, was the goal of the visit to Germany by a delegation of students in their last year of the Business Management program at the Santiago Campus.

The activity, which was developed within the framework of the convention in force between our corporation and the German university, with the support of the Bavarian University Center for Latin America (Baylat), an organization form the Ministry of Education, Science and Art of the Bavarian State, which promotes the relationship between institutions of Higher education and research institutions in both regions.

The dean of the Department of Economics and Business (FEN) of the UTALCA, Arcadio Cerda, stressed that, on the one hand, this project helped to launch the alliance between both universities and, on the other hand, the positive results obtained from this experience allow to predict a promising joint work.

"One of our strategic objectives is to become an internationalized university. To achieve this objective we are working on different lines, including the development of high-impact projects like this, the first of international significance that is developed at the Santiago Campus ", he emphasized. It should be recalled that in April a delegation from the University of Bayreuth traveled to Chile to meet with their Chilean peers.

Skills

The director of the School of Business Management and responsible for the project, Patricio Sánchez, appreciate that, along with putting into practice their handling of languages, this initiative allowed students to develop multicultural skills.

"In addition to realizing that they are excellently prepared and are able to be at the level of students trained in the area of business in Germany, they learned how to interact with another reality," he said.

He added that having participated in this initiative gave these students an additional value to their training. "They will have many more opportunities to be hired by a multinational company," he said.

"In a globalized world, skills such as tolerance, understanding of the diversity and the ability to realize that it is possible to do business with people from different cultural, social, economic and historical backgrounds are highly valued attributes. The point is that this is not learned in the classroom, but with practical projects, that is why, for our university, the exchange programs are so important, because in practice, they give them the opportunity to live an experience of intercultural learning," he explained.

Milestone

The academic from the FEN, Diego Rodríguez, who served as assistant professor to the project, added that among the positive externalities generated from this experience, there is an increase in applications to participate in language courses, which is a prerequisite in order to participate in this type of initiatives.

He added that the work done with the University of Bayreuth showed students the deep commitment of a public university such as the UTALCA with integral education, "which has a commitment with its training in terms of being an innovative training and with a global look."

Among those who were members of the delegation there was absolute consensus regarding the positive impact that this opportunity meant.

"It was a like a double growth. We missed the opportunity to do more of the things we wanted; before, we thought only of finishing college and bye, but now we think that there is more to be done, in addition to perfecting our English. It was also good to realize that the things we are taught are at top level, very well," said Ivette Sandoval. Another of the participants, Fabian Castro, highlighted the intercultural skills developed by the group.

"It taught us to take down stereotypes and now we have this set of relational, social, soft skills. It was super enriching and I think that it will make a difference when we graduate and go out to look for a job, because now we are going to make it much easier to go to a transnational organization and say 'I can be part of a multicultural team because I feel prepared for that, I know what I have to deal with', something that not even a year ago I would have thought about," he said.



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