Experiences of students & alumni

Bernd Bornhauser

Graduated in 2017

What areas does the MBA course focus on?

The MBA International Management part-time course provides the necessary know-how in the company to get your bearings easily in the international markets. Further, the business management material is complemented by no less important soft skill topics such as leadership or intercultural communication, making the course a holistic programme for professional and personal development.    

Why did you choose a postgraduate degree programme at ESB Business School?

ESB Business School at Reutlingen University enjoys an excellent reputation and has a good network with other universities, with companies and its own alumni. Apart from a first-class academic qualification these are the aspects that mark a business school. Moreover, the human touch in people’s dealings with each other and outstanding, passionate support are very evident in Reutlingen.

What career chances does an MBA graduate have in your opinion?

The part-time MBA while in employment has enabled me to continue working and at the same time gain further qualifications without having to accept large financial losses and more importantly loss of time. This indicates a high motivation to employers, a further plus in your CV.

I had the opportunity to brush up my business management knowledge and to completely rethink the practical experience I had gained so far as well as the experiences of my fellow students. Not least the higher qualifications and the signal to my employer that I was willing to challenge myself beyond the job enabled me to take a further step in my career.

Kathrin Gras

Graduated in 2015
Eisenmann SE in Böblingen,
International Subsidiary Controlling

What areas does the MBA study programme focus on?

The MBA study programme in Reutlingen has a strong international dimension – lecturers from a whole variety of countries enable insights into the global economy, the lectures take place to a large extent in English and at least one module is completed at an international university.

Why did you choose a postgraduate degree programme at ESB Business School?

At ESB Business School you don’t only learn theoretical knowledge for high achievers but also how to apply it in practice in order to meet challenges and assume responsibility in everyday professional life. Learning discipline, how to set priorities and how to use social networks are important “add-on” included in the course.

How did you manage the combination of study and work?

Since I was attending the course alongside a full-time job, I had to give time priority to my job and study. At the same time I couldn’t just neglect private things such as leisure time, friends and family. Time management was the most important factor during my studies. I experienced many new, international contacts, a new challenging job and a stay abroad. The study years are very demanding and time-consuming and there is hardly any time to “put your feet up“. Yet I would choose the course at ESB Business School again and again because of its excellent reputation, its efficient organisation and its international character since in many respects it has had a positive impact on my own personal development.