As part of the “Doing Business in Germany” (DBi) program, the EWI hosted 22 MBA students from around the world in Cologne in mid-May. They come from partner universities of the University of Cologne in the United States, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore and get an exclusive insight into German business during the twelve-day program. The students can choose between a focus on the energy industry or the automotive industry. The program is coordinated by the Center for International Relations (ZIB) of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne.
Dr. Johanna Bocklet, Senior Research Consultant at EWI, gave an introduction to energy economics and discussed with the participants how the German energy industry can be decarbonized . For students with a focuse on energy economics, EWI researcher Jonas Zinke then presented the dena study, in which the EWI, as the main expert, established transformation pathways to achieve Germany’s climate goals. For the MBA students focusing on the automotive industry, EWI scientist Arne Lilienkamp gave a presentation on the role of electromobility in the decarbonization of the German transport sector and discussed challenges for the German power grid.
As the two-week program continues, the students will now meet with numerous other institutions and companies in the German energy and automotive industries to discuss challenges and prospects for therespective sectors, including the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK), Deutsche Bahn, E.ON, RWE, BMW, Siemens, climework, the German Energy Agency (dena) and lime. After the program took place online last year due to the Corona pandemic, the EWI scientists were happy to exchange ideas with the students on site again this year.