Participants Return from Successful Study Trip to Berkeley and Silicon Valley

From 24 – 28 September our Executive MBA in Business & IT participants visited Berkeley, California to gather valuable experiences on their study trip. This marked the first exclusive study trip in this program after previous excursions had been conducted in conjunction with participants from other programs. Accordingly, the main focus was on IT- and innovation-related topics.

According to the official motto “Innovating Silicon Valley Style – Mastering Challenges in Responding to Technological and Societal Trends”, our hosts and UC Berkeley professors Jerome Engels and David Charron guided our group through the program. The two hosts used every opportunity to challenge our participants in a lighthearted manner to prove their business acumen.

Starting off the itinerary, tour guide Dr. Torsten Moller, Senior Vice President International Alliances and Alumni, provided a unique city tour of San Francisco including several lesser-known locations and impressive panoramic views. An official function was scheduled for Monday: To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Technical University of Munich, the TUM delegation was invited to an official party at the German Consulate in San Francisco. Marking the occasion, Dr. Dolores Volkert, Liasson Officer at the TUM Office in San Francisco and Prof. Dr. Juliane Winkelmann, Senior Vice President International Alliances and Alumni, jointly sliced the 150th anniversary cake together.

Company visits at successful enterprises brought the innovation culture of the City by the Bay to life. On Thursday, the group visited Niantic in San Francisco’s modern Ferry Building. Known as the developer of the popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go, the company demonstrated the impressive blend between digital content and real-life locations. For another highlight, participants experienced the sneakers of the future at the headquarters of Carbon 3D in Silicon Valley.

During a farewell dinner in the Berkeley City Club’s upscale ambiance, our group used the opportunity to thank their hosts for the unforgettable experiences and successful program.

Please note: The individual modules of our Executive MBA in Business & IT can also be booked as certificate programs. Upon successful completion of the respective certificate exams, participants receive ECTS Credits as well as a TUM-certificate. Please submit your applications at least eight weeks before the start of the first course modules.

For more information and application materials for our part-time program Executive MBA in Business & IT that is compatible with professional work responsibilities, please consult our website.

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