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“Cultural difference makes universities more diverse”

Interview with guest lecturer Dr Samer Ajour El Zein from the University of Barcelona

By Sven Rottner

To make studies a truly international experience, ESB Business School regularly invites guest lecturers from all over the world to teach at the faculty. Students and lecturers alike gain insight into cultural and academic peculiarities, thereby. In the interview, Dr Samer Ajour El Zein from the University of Barcelona speaks about his time at ESB Business School. He is an expert in Finance and has already taught at ESB Business School several times. This semester, he gave lectures and seminars for Financial Engineering and for Accounting Management Control in the degree programmes BSc International Business and BSc Production Management.

What motivated you to teach at ESB Business School?

The high quality of the International Business and the Production Management programmes, the students, and the motivation of the university to invite international professors.

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

The level of internationalization which is truly international! And if I had to summarise the work ethic I experienced here: Besides the quality of your work, it is about the work of your quality, too.

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

I gave quite some lectures in building 16. I liked the architecture and the atmosphere there.

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

Go on LinkedIn once per day and read at least one article.

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

Cultural difference makes European universities more diverse. They complement each other.

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

To make sure that student touch international financial information, international governance topics and international cultural topics. This is why ESB Business School  is truly international.

What is your biggest takeaway from your experience in Reutlingen?

Hearing personally from the students that they were thankful for the great experience that ESB Business School has given them by inviting me.

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

Teaching at ESB Business School enriches my academic career and allows me to share my knowledge in a truly international environment.

Thank you very much for your time!