GERMAN COLLABORATION

DMS soars with The Global Wind

Under the Academic Exchange Programme as envisioned in the memorandum of Understanding signed between Kannur University and Calw University and Reidlingen University in Germany, a nine member delegation consisting of six MBA students, two teachers of the Department Of Management Studies(DMS),and Pro-Vice Chancellor,Kannur University,got to know corporate Germany at close quarters.The visit of the team to the German Universities,lead by Pro-Vice Chancellor prof.K.Kunhikrishnan from October 22 to November 23,served three purposes envisaged in the student-faculty exchange programme-academic exchange,cultural exchange and institute-industry interaction. For the delegation ,interactons with students, teachers and industry experts in a developed nation gave an opportunity to inculcate new concepts and develop new ideas. The six MBA students-Rajesha A.V,Shino.P.Jose,Abhilash Rathnakaran,Sadiya Salim,Gazelah Ashraf and Jisha Narayanan participated in core analysis, group discussions and role play, attended classes and visited some big German companies such as Mercedes Benz at Sindlefingen,the pharmaceutical major Roche Diagnostics in Waldhof and DATEV eG.The project work in the three German companies-Liebherr in Ehingen,Feinguss Blank and Knoll GmbH proved to be an un-matching experience for the students. The team also experienced the German lifestyle and work culture as they mostly stayed with German families during their visits. A team of nine students came to Kannur last year for a month’s academic exchange programme,as a part of the reciprocal visit as envisaged in the MoU.The German team was taken to various companies in Techno Park,and also to Hindustan Latex Ltd.Trivandrum. Visit to the Infosys Global training centre at Mysore and IIM Bangalore was a great experience for the German students. They also visited various tourist destinations and historical places in Kerala and neighbouring states. Though still at a nascent stage, the faculty student academic exchange programme between Kannur University and the German Universities have already proved to be beneficial in terms of cross cultural intergration and learning in different business environment both for the students and teachers of DMS.The Student-Faculty Exchange Programme is not a motivating tool alone for the students. The Exposure gained adds to nation building, invokes global thinking and above all raises academic standards. The experience proclaims a land mark success of Kannur University.