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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 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:

2021

2022

2023

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

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 2023, the Challenges will take place between 26 June and 14 July 2023.

  • The challenges at Aston Business School, Catolica Lisbon and Stellenbosch Business School will take place from 26 June until 7 July 2023.
  • The challenge in Mannheim will take place form 3 July until 14 July 2023.

Please plan one additional day each for arrival and departure.

Course offer in the Summer of 2023

Business Innovation in Turbulent Times

The Challenge course at Aston Business School will have a project-based programme with focus on developing consulting skills to advise and lead the implementation of creative innovations across key managerial areas of business.

Consulting for Impact

At Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Professor Kyryl Lakishyk and innovation expert André Pinho offer a course in consulting and innovation. They will teach how to apply a collaborative consulting methodology that helps understand and solve management and business transformation challenges.

Exploring Business in South Africa

The course at the University of Stellenbosch, Business School deals with business opportunities from a South African perspective and an evolving market. The focus is on the exchange with local companies for which strategic management solutions are to be developed within the framework of the “innovation challenge”.

Sourcing Excellence & Decision Making

The Mannheim course is offered by Professor Christoph Bode, holder of the Endowed Chair of Procurement, and deals with the topics of “negotiation & sourcing”, taking into account tactical approaches as well as economic and also psychological factors in negotiations. Participants will be working on a topic-related real “innovation challenge” given to them by a well established and successful company.

Your Application for the Challenge

As an enrolled MMM student, you have the following options to apply for participation in 2023:

  • The Module in Mannheim

    You can apply for Professor Bode's module in Mannheim to Ms. Janna Ried from the International Team of the Business School.

    Please send the following documents via email to Janna Ried:

    • a current transcript with a preliminary grade and your Bachelor degree's certificate with grades
    • a CV
    • a short letter of motivation (maximum one DIN A4 page) in German or English on your preferred challenges

    You can apply for more than one Challenge (for the Mannheim challenge and also the challenges of the partner schools). Please indicate priorities then in your letter of motivation. The application deadline is 31 January 2023.

    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, you can of course plan firmly with the course.

  • The Modules at our partners business schools

    For the modules at the Aston Business School, Católica and Stellenbosch you can apply to Ms. Janna Ried from the International Team of the Business School.

    Please send the following documents via email to Janna Ried:

    • a current transcript with a preliminary grade and your Bachelor degree's certificate with grades
    • a CV
    • a short letter of motivation (maximum one DIN A4 page) in German or English on your preferred challenges

    You can apply for more than one Challenge (including also the Mannheim challenge). Please indicate priorities then in your letter of motivation. The application deadline is 31 January 2023.

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
University of Mannheim
Dean's Office of the Business School
Schloss – Room EO 388 (3rd floor)
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Please make an appointment at https://www.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/en/online-consultation/janna-ried/