On Monday, June 26, 2017, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management welcomed 35 Global Executive MBA students of the business school´s partner university United States International University Africa (USIU) located in Nairobi, Kenya. EMBA students from USIU visit Frankfurt School since 2012. Julianne Jones, Project Manager, at Frankfurt School´s International Advisory Services introduced the team organising the one-week visit. Following, Professor Dr Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School, officially welcomed the guests. He shortly presented Frankfurt and Germany with its typical characteristics in order to give the visitors a better understanding of their temporary environment.
“Compared to African metropolises Frankfurt is not a very big city. However, it is one of the economic hubs in the country and within Europe. For instance, there are approximately as many jobs as inhabitants.” Professor Dr Udo Steffens emphasised the current economic strength of Germany to show the students why Frankfurt is worth a visit – especially now.
Professor Dr Udo Steffens also mentioned Frankfurt School´s commitment in Africa with a regional office in Kenya and the Executive MBA (EMBA) in Kinshasa. “I often say that Africa is the continent of the future because there is so much potential. However, African societies are very complex – hence, we as Frankfurt School are doing a lot of research there. Also, we support education in Africa. I think it is essential for Africa to have highly qualified managers. Foreign investments need formally educated specialists”, said Professor Dr Udo Steffens.
During their one-week stay in Frankfurt, the students will attend lectures on campus as well as visit companies such as Opel and Commerzbank. Visiting Rüdesheim, a famous winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge, is also part of the programme.