The Bavarian state capital Munich is undoubtedly one of the most important financial and economic centres in Europe. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Victor Randall, the international MBA course “Financial Management” undertook a three-day excursion to the “metropolis with a heart”. The programme of this interdisciplinary study trip was aimed at providing the international students with professionally relevant insights as well as imparting a deeper understanding of an overall social perspective to them.
On the first day of the excursion, a visit to the headquarters of Allianz SE was on the agenda, in the course of which the students were hosted by Thomas Atkins, the Head of Financial Communications. After a joint workshop, the participants were invited to lunch at the Allianz board canteen. The brief glimpse into the world of insurances was followed by a visit to the headquarters of BMW where the students were able to inspect the production facilities of the 3-series.
In the morning of the second day, the group visited the Bavarian Stock Exchange and the Bavarian State Bank. These programme items were followed by another highlight of the excursion: an invitation to the Maximilianeum which houses the Bavarian State Parliament. There, the participants were hosted by a staff member of the protocol department who guided them through the state parliament’s premises, including the plenary hall. The visit was concluded with a traditional Bavarian “Brotzeit” in the cafeteria of the state parliament.
How do banks operate in the digital age of disruption? This question was the focal point of the group’s visit to the Fidor Bank on the morning of the third day. Thereafter, the excursion participants visited the Glypothek where Prof. Dr. Josef Löffl guided them through the exhibition. After a lunch break at the Chinese Tower in the English Garden, the students finally visited the offices of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and gained insights into the communication structures of the financial and economic world.
All in all, the interdisciplinary excursion can be considered as a complete success – which is not only shown by the exceptionally positive feedback of the participating students.