Global Project Manager
F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
Marketing and Logistics
Namibia University of Science and Technology
July 30 - August 10, 2018
Cooperation with university staff
Excellent. Most teachers stayed during my lectures. They gave me valuable advice how to manage the students across my cultural differences.
Cases studies were also a new experience for teachers.
A visit to a local company was planned to see real world Supply Chain Management and Logistics
A course about “Management in different Cultures” was a new experience for them and was well received.
Cooperation with students
Students were very interested. Also asked questions – personal and subject related.
At the beginning of each lecture some students were introducing themselves.
Students are used to say “yes sir we understood”. However, after me asking to summarize our lessons they started asking questions to make sure that they really understood.
Early and late lessons were a challenge for many students. Sometimes I had different students in two lessons. Therefore, I had to repeat quite a few lessons.
Impact and win-win
Working in groups was a completely new experience for the students. Time management has been a major challenge.
Distinguishing between simple activities and real additional value added was a new experience for most students.
Successfully engaging male students was a major challenge for my teaching skills.
Due to the introduction students were doing at the beginning of each lesson I learned a lot about them, their families and their dreams.
As a young nation with only a recent chance for the people to learn and to study Namibian people deserved all the support I could give to them.
I have seen so many keen students for whom learning is the key to a better life. They deserve it and we should do our best to help them achieve their goals in life.