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An Enriching Experience

Interview with guest lecturer Dr Leo Aldianto

By Sven Rottner

To make studying a truly international experience, ESB Business School regularly invites guest lecturers from all over the world to teach at the school. Students and lecturers alike gain insight into cultural and academic differences. In the interview, Dr Leo Aldianto speaks about his time at ESB Business School. He is Associate Professor at the School of Business and Management at the Institut Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia.  He advises students to stay open-minded for other cultures and new situations and admires the international spirit at ESB Business School. In the study programmes BSc International Operations and Logistics Management and MBA International Management Full-Time, he is currently giving lectures on Innovation Management and on Strategic Management.

What motivated you to teach at ESB Business School?

There is a long history of cooperation between my home university in Indonesia and ESB Business School. The experience also offers opportunities to meet and learn more about Reutlingen University’s culture: about the students, lecturers, staff, and various programmes.

What was your first impression of ESB Business School? Was there anything in particular that caught your attention? If so, why?

Most apparent is that ESB Business School is back to normal. Besides wearing masks in buildings, lecturers and students are on campus in person and taking part in routine activities. I was also pleasantly surprised by the welcoming and helpful attitude from all the people I met at ESB Business School.

Do you already have a favourite spot on campus or in Reutlingen?

In Reutlingen: the Markplatz in the city center. On Campus: The Covid-19 test facility where I took tests every day while still waiting for my status as “fully vaccinated”. I am certain that this is a good idea.

If you could give one piece of advice to all of our students, what would that be?

Enjoy the process of learning and, most importantly, enjoy your life as students.

What is the biggest difference between universities in your home country and ESB Business School?

We have more students in Indonesia and therefore we have bigger classrooms and lecture halls. We also have a restaurant on campus and a cafeteria in almost every faculty building.

International teaching is both challenging and enriching. What is your personal recipe for a truly international lecture?

Be open minded to learn many things in order to adapt to different situations and different cultures.

What is your biggest takeaway from your experience in Reutlingen?

Our school in Indonesia can learn a lot from ESB Business School in terms of becoming “Truly International.”

Can you please summarise your experience at ESB Business School in one sentence?

New experiences that are enriching and satisfying.

Thank you very much for the interview.