The aim of the visit was for the students and the lecturer to learn best practices from the two German universities, in areas such as marketing, logistics, manufacturing, intercultural communication and business strategies, amongst others. Their itinerary largely consisted of the students attending various workshops and lectures on these topics.
“The entire trip was such a memorable experience and attending interactive classes with local students exposed us to different German traditions,” said Fesse Amunyela, one of the students. Another, Werner Joba, was excited about the different sites they visited such as a plant in Aachen that manufactures electric cars. “The presentation and the tour of the site was very enticing and really eye-opening. We were even allowed to sit in the self-driving car,” he said. In addition, the group also had the opportunity to visit a number of tourist attractions during the trip, within and beyond Germany’s borders. Upengisa Kaundje was particularly fascinated by the trip to Paris: “The popular Eiffel Tower was one of the best tourist attractions we visited, it is such a classy monument. It was surely a lifetime experience!” she said.
Their lecturer, Bianca Tjizumaue, said: “I have learned a lot and the students surely received great practical exposure which will definitely make them more industry ready. Furthermore, I believe the international trip really broadened our knowledge thus enabling us to play our part in making NUST a world-class university.”
The 11-day study trip was facilitated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). NUST currently has numerous memoranda of understanding with German universities, of which the DAAD has been instrumental in the establishment and funding of many partnerships and projects.
This is one of the biggest groups from NUST that has travelled to Europe through these partnerships.