An International Experience Integrated in your Master's Program

The Global Innovation Challenge offers MMM students a new opportunity to study in an international environment and gain practical experience with companies.

The benefits at a glance:

  • 8 triple accredited business schools encourage their master's students to take part in a joint course including a corporate project.
  • Students can complete an intensive learning experience within a short period of time (10 days).
  • Upon successful completion, students receive 6 ECTS for the course.
  • The course can be easily integrated into existing studies, as a learning agreement can be issued when taking the course at the partner universities and the course can be recognized afterwards (“International Course” module).
  • When taking the Mannheim module, no learning agreement is necessary, since the course is an integral part of the MMM module catalog (OPM 693).
  • The course takes place after the end of the spring semester in Mannheim so that participants do not miss any classes within the regular lecture period.
  • The course includes lectures introducing the topic as well as in the second week the handling of a real-life case “Corporate Challenge” including a presentation in front of company representatives and their feedback.
  • MMM students will meet master students from seven other renowned business schools, all of which are internationally accredited and internationally oriented. When choosing the module abroad, a two-week stay at one of the other business schools is guaranteed.

The Partner Business Schools of the Initiative

The Global Innovation Challenge (GIC) cooperation is an initiative of the International Business School Network (IBSnet). The Business School is a founding member of the initiative and has been part of the network of international oriented Business Schools since 2008.

Dates and Hosts of the Challenges

At the end of each spring semester (from Mannheim's point of view), four of the eight participating business schools offer a Global Innovation Challenge project, with different focuses within the spectrum of business subjects.

The Challenges are expected to take place at the following schools over the next three years:




Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Portugal

University of Mannheim Business School, Germany

University of Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town, South Africa

BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway

Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, Netherlands

NCCU, Taipei, Taiwan

QUT Business School, Brisbane, Australia

Aston Business School, Birmingham, United Kingdom (to be confirmed)

Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Portugal

University of Mannheim Business School, Germany

University of Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town, South Africa

In the summer of 2022, the Challenges will take place in the following time periods:

  • The courses at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, at the NCCU and probably at the BI Norwegian Business School will take place from 20 June to 2 July 2022. One to two days each before and after for arrival and departure are added.
  • The QUT Business School course will take place from 27 June to 9 July 2022.

    Your Application for the Challenge

  • The Module in Mannheim

    Please be aware that the Mannheim module will not be offered again until spring 2023! You can apply for Professor Bode's module in Mannheim through the regular course registration via Portal2. Mannheim has initially five places to allocate. If there are not enough interested students at the partner universities, it might be possible to increase the number of places. However, we will only find out about this in April and unfortunately you cannot make firm plans for this. If you are granted one of the five places in February via the regular MMM course registration procedure, you can of course plan firmly with the course.

  • The Modules at Maastricht University, NCCU, BI and QUT

    For the modules at Maastricht University, NCCU, BI and QUT you can apply to Ms. Janna Ried from the International Team of the Business School. Please send a current transcript and a CV as well as a short letter of motivation (maximum one DIN A4 page) to Ms. Ried via email. You can also apply to more than one Challenge. Please indicate priorities then. The application deadline is expected to be in February 2022.

Global Innovation Challenge Website

Discover the joint Global Innovation Challenge website that was developed by the network.

Global Innovation Challenge 2021

Contact for Mannheim Students

Janna Ried, M.A.

Janna Ried, M.A.

Manager International Affairs, Master-Level Exchanges & Special Programs
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