18.12.2019

"I will miss ESB Business School"

Interview with visiting lecturer Liane Okdinawati

Von Jessica Stepanek

As part of the project ”Business Engineering in South East Asia“, ESB Business School cooperates with partner universities in South East Asia. The project is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Liane Okdinawati describes her personal impressions as a project participant.

How I came to ESB …

ESB Business School cooperates with my home university, the School of Business and Management - Institut Teknologi Bandung (SBM ITB) in Indonesia. When ESB asked SBM ITB if a visiting lecture would like to give lectures at ESB for three months, it was clear to me: a great opportunity, I’ll do it!  

My first impression of ESB …

...was very positive. The first time I came in Germany I spent a month in Bremen. What I like about Reutlingen is that the city is comparatively small, yet has a lot to offer. The university’s campus is also very beautiful. What I particularly like about ESB is the way the teaching and other staff cooperate with institutions all over the world. The network is really unique. I also really like the functional and practical structure and application of the curricula.

My tasks at ESB ...

...this winter semester I had the opportunity to give two courses: “Distribution and Retail Logistics” in the  BSc International Operations and Logistics Management bachelor programme  and “Procurement and Distribution Logistics" for the bachelor students in BSc Production Management. Interesting for me was that the age range of the students at ESB is greater than I know from my home country. This has the advantage that some of the students can talk about their practical experience in the courses and that discussions are more differentiated. At the same time I was able to explain why many processes function in a different way in Asia, e.g. the retail and distribution processes. This exchange with students with practical experience as well as exchange students from many different countries is a great enrichment for students and lecturer alike.  

During my stay I noticed that …

... people were very kind to me. For instance, my neighbours in the next apartment always liked talking to me although I don’t speak German. 

My time at ESB was…

... excellent. In the first week I was still a little homesick. When I fly home at the end of December, I am sure I will also miss ESB in Reutlingen.

The new year begins for me with…

... the AACSB accreditation process of my employer. The School of Business and Management - Institut Teknologi Bandung is also seeking accreditation as of March and for this I was able to pick up some  useful tips at ESB.

The School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung (SBM ITB), is one of ESB’s 120 international partner universities. ESB students who choose the  BSc International Operations and Logistics Management (IOLM) double degree programme can study at the SBM ITB from the 5th up to and including the 8th semester and graduate with two degrees – one from ESB and one from the  SBM ITB. Currently there are already students from the SBM ITB in Reutlingen doing the double degree programme here.