Lin­da in Ber­lin

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Hey, my name is Lin­da and I am stu­dy­ing In­ter­na­tio­nal Busi­ness in the 4th se­mes­ter at DHBW Bad Mer­gen­theim. To­day I’ll tell you a litt­le of my ever­y­day life at the DHBW. The DHBW stu­dents have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to spend the fourth se­mes­ter ab­road. I de­ci­ded against it, but that doesn’t mean I mis­sed so­me­thing.

Tog­e­ther with my fel­low Ger­man and in­ter­na­tio­nal stu­dents, I spent a week in Ber­lin, the Ger­man sta­te ca­pi­tal. The or­ga­ni­zers of DHBW have made every ef­fort to of­fer us a va­ried and in­te­res­ting pro­gram. On the agen­da were the vi­sit of the BMW Mo­tor­bike fac­to­ry, a tour through the Reichs­tag buil­ding, a trip through the city or a vi­sit of the Ot­to­bock Sci­ence Cen­ter.

Of cour­se, lec­tures on fur­ther edu­ca­ti­on could not be mis­sed, and so we spent a few hours at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Ber­lin (TU); Tim Jan­ßen, CEO of the non-pro­fit com­pa­ny Cradle2Cradle e.V. told us about the “mis­si­on” of the com­pa­ny: chan­ging the way of thin­king about gar­ba­ge. Cradle2Cradle shows that every “was­te” pro­duct is ac­tual­ly no gar­ba­ge, but a re­sour­ce that can be reu­sed.

We were not only at the TU and tal­ked with Mr. Jan­ßen about gar­ba­ge, but also got ac­cess to the Has­so Platt­ner In­sti­tu­te (HPI) in Pots­dam. The HPI was foun­ded by the SAP co-foun­der Has­so Platt­ner and fo­cu­ses on cour­ses in the area of di­gi­tal en­gi­nee­ring. Af­ter three dif­fe­rent lec­tures, we got in touch with the lec­tu­rers and were gi­ven in­sights into, for examp­le, De­sign thin­king or in­no­va­ti­ve re­se­arch are­as at HPI.

Apart from all the cul­tu­ral and sci­en­ti­fic as­pec­ts of the ex­cur­si­on, the fun, of cour­se, could not be mis­sed out. Af­ter the pro­gram of the day the­re was en­ough time for ex­ten­si­ve shop­ping tours and ex­plo­ring the night­li­fe of Ber­lin.

Click here if you want to learn more about Cradle2Cradle or the Has­so Platt­ner In­sti­tu­te.

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