Feedback from our International Summer Academy

»The programme has been richly rewarding on a personal level, towards my studies and overall career. Through the experiences with Mittelstand companies and around Heilbronn and neighbouring cities, one was able to grasp the factors leading to this thriving economy. This experience was incredibly real and detailed through a mixture of “on-the-ground” and classroom learning and enriching cultural activities. I leave here a better professional, student, future business leader and, most importantly, a better citizen of the world.«
Rorisang Lebethe, MBA Student, Johannesburg Wits Business School (ZA), Participant ISA 2018

»I very much enjoyed the colleagues from different countries and cultures in this course. They allowed me to see different perspectives on how we do business in my own country. This course provides a lot of insights into what a successful business is by visiting a number of Mittelstand companies. It was a great opportunity to take this course and apply the knowledge I gained to my own business.«
Natnarin Thammatiwat, MBA Student, College of Management Mahidol University (TH), Participant ISA 2018

»The International Summer Academy was an amazing opportunity to hear from highly successful German Mittelstand companies about their recipes for success. As I continue to reflect on the trip, I am constantly remembering valuable insights that I can integrate into my current position to help improve my company’s performance. Germany is a beautiful country, and I will remember this trip for the rest of my life!«
Rebecca Sitten, MBA Student, University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USA), Participant ISA 2017


»GGS provided me with a fantastic educational and cultural experience. Getting to interact with students from across the globe as well as seeing how Mittelstand companies operate will be something I won´t forget.« 
Matt Chigioji, MBA Student, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business (USA), Participant ISA 2017


»This has been one of the highlights of my MBA program. I have learnt a lot about business, culture and met students from around the world. «
Tsire Mushoma, MBA Student, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Wits Business School (ZA), Participant ISA 2017


»The program enabled me to get an impression of how students from other countries consider our way of doing business. I think I learned even more than the international students, because my understanding of German values and strengths improved very much. That will help me shape my management profile in the future.«
Martin Krenz, MBA Student, German Graduate School of Management and Law, Participant ISA 2017


»My week in Heilbronn with GGS was an eye-opening and inspirational experience. I gained a new appreciation for the importance of Mittelstand companies and the diverse cultural perspectives of the other students participating in the International Summer Academy.«
Heidi Ritt, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business (USA), Participant ISA 2016


»Studying at GGS gave me a whole new perspective on culture, business, and key company components that are needed for success. Before coming I had never heard of the Mittelstand. My view on business is now completely changed!«
Crystal Daus, MBA Student, University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USA), Participant ISA 2015


»It was one of the best academic experiences I ever had during my career. I would definitely do it again.«
Marcelo Campo, EMBA Student, IBMEC Rio de Janeiro (BRA), Participant ISA 2015