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Enjoying the Beauty of Diversity

Interview with guest lecturer Dr Amir Ekhlassi

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. Dr Amir Ekhlassi from the University of Tehran, although teaching online, was overwhelmed by the strong international culture at ESB Business School. His practically oriented lectures in the BSc International Business covered questions from the fields of Marketing Communication and New Product Development. He advises students to consider where their talents lie in order to find greater joy in their professional work.

What motivated you to teach at ESB Business School?

I wanted to join a business school with international ambience and to become familiar with the thinking patterns and problem-solving approaches of students from other cultures.

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

My courses are based on doing practical projects as well as discussing case studies. The passion, motivation and the effort of many students to make their project perfect was very surprising to me. Also, the performance of students in presenting their case studies was astonishing.

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

Find your “calling” in life much sooner and spend the rest of your life perusing it. You have to consider where your natural talents lie and try to embrace and take advantage of these throughout your career. If you do this, then work and pleasure will become one and the same.

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

ESB is more international and I also feel that students are more passionate about personal development.

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

Avoid self-referencing criteria and enjoy the beauty of diversity.

What is your biggest takeaway from your experience at ESB Business School?

Expanding my network with new people - both students and colleagues - from different cultures and becoming acquainted with their way of thinking.

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

It was a rewarding experience with highly talented students and professional colleagues.

Thank you very much for the interview.