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Press release

Berlin, October 10, 2016

ESMT Berlin supports international exchange with Smart Business Leaders Program for Malaysian CEOs

  • ESMT Berlin cooperates again with K-Pintar Academy
  • Outstanding German companies offer hands-on insights for Malaysian managers during six-day program

From October 9-14, 2016, the practice-oriented Smart Business Leaders Program is taking place at ESMT Berlin for the second time. The program is organized in cooperation with K-Pintar Sendirian Berhad, a leading provider for human resource development from Kuala Lumpur. The six-day leadership program offers a platform for international exchange for Malaysian CEOs. The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), a Malaysian governing authority for human resources, supports the participants.

The program consists of managers from smaller and medium-sized Malaysian enterprises from sectors such as production and technology. During the program, participants will discuss the topics of industry 4.0, global competition of small and medium-sized enterprises against major corporations, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation management in the digital age, among others. The Malaysian managers will gain comprehensive insights into the development of German industry and learn how their German counterparts advance innovative business ideas in the global marketplace. Moreover, the participants will not only visit German companies such as BMW factory Leipzig, a manufacturer of electric vehicles, and LEDVANCE in Berlin, a leading provider for innovative and intelligent lighting applications, but will also attend the presentation of the Advanced Materials Competition, an international contest for startups focusing on high-tech products.

“The leadership program strengthens the increasing Malaysian mittelstand“, says Bianca Schmitz, program director at ESMT. “The site visits allow an intense exchange between Malaysian and German companies outside the classroom.”

About ESMT Berlin

ESMT Berlin was founded by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, an executive MBA/MPA, a master’s in management, as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs. ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership and social responsibility, European competitiveness, and the management of technology. ESMT faculty publishes in top academic journals. Additionally, the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia. The business school is based in Berlin, Germany, with Schloss Gracht as an additional location near Cologne. ESMT is a private business school with the right to grant PhDs and is accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA.