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First IBEA cohort bid ceremonial farewell

After four semesters „on the road“ together, the first IBEA cohort consisting of 34 students came together one last time to celebrate the end of the program at the FGV EBAPE in Rio de Janeiro on December 14.

It has been almost two years since the „International Business Education Alliance“, short IBEA, started as a joint project of the University of Mannheim together with its international partners University of South Carolina, ESSEC Business School and the FGV EBAPE. The study option within the bachelor’s program in business administration is unique in Germany. After a joint start in Mannheim, the IBEA students spend one semester each in the United States, followed by Singapore and Brazil. Each participating business school selects about ten students per year for the program. 

The IBEA graduates and representatives of the participating universities looked back onto an eventful time during the ceremony: It all started at the University of Mannheim with a specially offered lecture by Prof. Spengel on International Taxation and a corporate project in cooperation with PwC. Afterwards the students were sent out into the world, where they got to know different academic approaches at their destinations. They carried out projects with local organizations and corporations, improved their intercultural competences and built friendships for life. The IBEA study option ended with the ceremonial presentation of the certificates, for which representatives of all participating universities as well as families and friends of the students were present. 

“The social cohesion and a deep connection among the students was tangible during the farewell ceremony in Rio. They experienced a lot together during the past two years, overcame many different challenges and have not only seen the world, but also built a global mindset and network,” says Charlotte Reith, IBEA Manager at the University of Mannheim.

Now the IBEA cohort is parting ways as each student will return to his or her home university for the last semester, allowing the ten Mannheim students to spend another semester at the beautiful baroque palace in Mannheim.

Here you can find more information on the IBEA study option. The next application deadline ends on April 30, 2019: