ESB International Staff Days 2024

Meet. Share. Discuss. Innovate.

Join our ESB International Staff Days - ‘Skills for the Future’! You’ll have the opportunity to engage with international colleagues, corporate partners and the ESB community, to share experiences, exchange and challenge ideas and drive innovation in international higher education.

Our four-day programme will encompass an interesting mix of expert workshops, presentations and focus groups along with a company visit. You will also discover the city of Reutlingen on foot, experience the vibrant ESB culture during our international campus day and, last but not least, get a taste of the local Swabian culture and cuisine.

When: 15 – 18 April 2024

Where: ESB Business School, Reutlingen, Germany

Who: Colleagues from all functional areas at partner universities - lecturers, academic programme directors and coordinators, International Office, Student Services and Career Services staff, Quality Management, PR and Communications, etc.






8.30 - 9.00

Building 17, lower floor, rooms U15-U18
9.00 - 10.15Welcome to ESB Business School and Introductions
Prof. Dr. Markus Conrads, Dean, ESB Business School
Prof. Dr. Jörg Naeve, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs
Building 17, lower floor, rooms U15-U18
10.30 - 11.15The Economic Region Neckar-Alb
Martin Fahling
Managing Director International Trade and International Talents
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Reutlingen
Building 17, lower floor, rooms U15-U18
11.15 - 12.15Reutlingen University Campus Tour
Udo Stelzer, Reutlingen International Office (RIO)
Including the learning factory ‘Werk150’ and Texoversum
12.15 - 13.15 Warm Lunch
Building 17, lower floor
13.15 - 13.45Transfer to Town
Meeting Point: Lower entrance, Building 17
13.45 - 14.45City Walking Tour of Reutlingen
15.00 - 16.30Traditional Organic Bakery Visit
Hubert Berger, Bäckerei Berger,
Wilhelmstraße 127
16.45 - 17.30Reception at Reutlingen Town Hall
Thomas Keck, Mayor of Reutlingen
Marktplatz 22
18.30Informal Get-Together 
Alexandre Reutlingen, Marktplatz 20

9.00 - 10.00Future Skills: Exploring Tomorrow's Competencies
Judith Koeritz, Programme Manager
Stifterverband (Association for Education, Science and Innovation)
Building 17, lower floor, rooms U15-U18
10.00 - 11.00Digital Transformation Skills
Prof. Dr. Martin Mocker
Professor for Information Systems, ESB Business School
11.15 - 12.15Interactive Session: Behind the Scenes of Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Dr. Dirk Schieborn and Prof. Dr. Volker Reichenberger
Professors for Mathematics, Data Science and Machine Learning, ESB Business School
13.15 - 14.15Transforming Business Models Towards Sustainability
Prof. Dr. Maud Schmiedeknecht
Professor for Corporate Governance & Corporate Social Responsibility, ESB Business School
14.15 - 15.15Interactive Session: Which Climate Solutions Will Have the Biggest Impact –And in Time to Make a Difference? Testing Climate Solutions with the Interactive Climate Solutions Simulator En-ROADS
Prof. Dr. Florian Kapmeier
Professor for Strategy and International Project Management, ESB Business School
15.30 - 16.30Interactive Group Session: Skills for the Future and Internationalisation
Carolien van der Hulst, Career Center, ESB Business School
19.00Welcome Dinner
enzo Ristorante Trattoria, Kanzleistraße 24


Meeting Point
08.00 – 09.30

Bus Transfer to Company

10.00 – 13.00   

Future Skills: The Corporate Perspective 

LIDL Head Office Germany, 74206 Bad Wimpfen

13.00 – 13.45

Lunch at Lidl Head Office

13.45 – 14.00

Transfer to Haßmersheim

14.00 – 16.00

Neckar Boat Trip on the ‘Patriot’'

16.00 – 16.15

Transfer to Bad Wimpfen
16.15 – 17.45

Short Tour of Bad Wimpfen and Free Time


Bus Departure from Bad Wimpfen


9.00 - 9.15Internationalisation in Higher Education: 
Prof. Dr. Andreas Taschner
Head of International Relations, ESB Business School
9.15 - 10.30Focus Groups Session 1
10.45 - 12.00Focus Groups Session 2
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch in the Reutlingen University Refectory 
13.00 - 14.00Closing Session
Room 16-104
14.00 - 17.00International Campus Day
Offering a range of international activities for the whole community
17.30 - 22.00Swabian Cooking Activity and Farewell Dinner
Cooking Concept, Lindenstraße 33

This workshop is free of charge for partner universities of ESB Business School. Accommodation and travel expenses are to be paid by the participants. Please check if your home university can provide you with Erasmus+ funding.

Practical Information:

We recommend that you arrive in Reutlingen on Sunday 14 April and depart on Friday 19 April.

Closest airport:      Stuttgart Airport (There is a direct bus connection from the airport to Reutlingen city centre)
Closest train station:Reutlingen main station (Reutlingen HBF)
Accommodation: We have a room contingent in two Reutlingen hotels. Details will be provided upon receipt of your registration for the event.

Should you require any further information, do not hesitate to contact joanne.corlett@reutlingen-university.de.