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The Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC), in collaboration with Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW), has been organizing annual international exchange programs since 2013, titled "Business Environment India" and "Business Environment Germany." These programs symbolize the collaborative spirit of educational and economic relations between the two countries, reflecting the principles of dual-education programs in both nations.
After a three-year hiatus due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and energy challenges in Germany resulting from the Russia-Ukraine war, the 7th edition of the Business Environment Germany program resumed in 2023.
The diverse delegation, consisting of 13 students, led by IGTC Director Ms. Mira Dalvi Sahni, included participants from IGTC’s Post Graduate and Executive Management programs, representing a broad spectrum of experiences.
The exchange program provided significant value to participants, offering insights into incorporating German business standards in Indian companies, fostering networking opportunities, and cultivating lasting friendships. The delegation was honoured to be addressed by the Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, Dr. Frank Mentrup, emphasizing Germany’s commitment to India as a strong economic / investment partner.
The itinerary included guest lectures at DHBW, visits to German companies like SEW Eurodrive, dmTech, SAP, Pfeiffer & May, and Siemens, and cultural explorations. Noteworthy lectures covered "Typical German" work culture, the global economy in turbulent times, and insights into international project management and entrepreneurship.
Visits to companies unveiled remarkable insights, such as SEW Eurodrive's Mass Customization approach and extensive automation, dmTech's friendly work environment, SAP's innovative initiatives, Pfeiffer & May's community-centric workplace, and Siemens' focus on Smart Infrastructure.
Cultural excursions included the Mercedes Benz Museum, Heidelberg Castle, the Black Forest, and the enchanting Christmas market at Baden-Baden, offering a truly immersive experience. The DHBW team's assistance with navigating German cuisines and the collaborative effort in creating presentations added to the enriching intercultural learning journey.
The trip's impact is evident in the lifelong lessons, valuable skills, and enriched perspectives that participants have brought back to their classrooms and workplaces, making this an unforgettable and transformative experience.
Excerpts from the article written by Piruz Mehta (PGPBA 2022-24)