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IILM BBA Study Tour to Stuttgart, Home of the Mercedes-Benz Headquarters

An IILM Undergraduate Business School leader steps out to explore what lies beyond the familiar, to develop a well-rounded perspective. It is with this aim that as a part of unique BBA curriculum the college takes its students for Global Study Program every year to provide them an experience which is unmatched, in terms of global exposure and lateral thinking.

The IILM BBA students tour Canada or Europe as a part of its Global Study Program to avail of the unique opportunity to study in a global environment and learn holistically. During the BBA study tour, our students visit industries to understand the functioning of the units and also experience the local festivities of the area.

This year we visited the Mercedes-Benz Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany on 3rd August, 2017, as a part of our Global Study Program. The gigantic and ultramodern Mercedes Benz Headquarters in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim displays a huge collection of historic vehicles owned by the world’s oldest automobile manufacturer. In addition to cars, the headquarters also displays trucks, buses, experimental vehicles, and racing cars built by Mercedes Benz. I was leading the group with one of my colleagues Ms. Nidhi Piplani.


Germany in general and Stuttgart in particular are synonymous with the purr of meticulously engineered motors and the sheen of polished chrome. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen all popped up on the world map from this central European country, and Stuttgart may very claim the honour of being the origin of two such highly regarded automobile manufacturers. Car enthusiasts certainly covet the opportunity to spend some time in the cutting edge state to feast on the sight of the enviable, antique vehicle collections on display at the world renowned Mercedes-Benz Headquarters and Porsche Museum. We visited both, Mercedes-Benz Headquarters and Porsche Museum.


Almost three times the size of the famous Porsche Museum, the Mercedes-Benz Headquarters majestically spotlights the 125 years of magnificent automotive history throughout its nine intertwining levels. The building design was inspired by the form of a DNA double helix; its layout mind-bogglingly twists. With well over 1500 exhibits and 160 vehicles on display, visitors to the building are transported back in time as they slowly spiral their way through galleries highlighting the world’s very first motorized vehicles. Then they move to the bottom level of the renowned building where the contemporary Mercedes-Benz awaits its recognition.


Overall, the industry visit to the Mercedes-Benz Headquarters as a part of our this year’s Global Study Program gave us an opportunity to actually see and experience for ourselves the application of the theory which we study in the classroom. This tour enriched the students and the faculty member who felt that it was a lifetime experience. This is what makes IILM UBS a top BBA college with a remarkable difference!

IILM Global Study Program and a Visit to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart

Just to give you a brief background, in its endeavors to provide world class exposure to its students, IILM Undergraduate School of Business makes it mandatory for its students to be a part of its Global Study Program. The IILM Global Study Program takes the form of a study tour of 3 weeks to one of its partner universities in Canada or Europe.

The IILM UBS Global Study Program is so designed as to benefit the budding entrepreneurs and managers to immerse themselves in another culture, experience the challenges and opportunities facing organizations around the globe. It also extends global awareness and enhances the international perspective of IILM BBA students. During such tours, students meet leading executives and government officials while visiting businesses, industries, and cultural sites.

This year we visited Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany on 9th August 2017, as a part of our Global Study Program. Porsche’s museum in Stuttgart, Germany is the world’s largest museum of science and technology, for which people are continually jealous of everyone that has the opportunity to visit it. I was leading the group with one of my colleagues Ms. Anisha Rani.

You will really be impressed if you are standing in front of the grand Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The gigantic building of the museum is amazing and looks so light, almost like floating in the air. The museum building is resting on only three V-shaped pillars. The contemporary design of the largest science and technology museum continues in the building. In a plain and elegant surrounding, the development of the Porsche brand and the sleek sports cars are illustrated.

The entire reason for visiting Stuttgart was to visit the Porsche Museum along with the Mercedes-Benz Headquarters. Porsche best exemplifies good design values, which was obvious there, and which the IILM BBA group members appreciated. We found that the car company has an unbeatable lineup of vehicles that was achieved through an approach that’s very much different from that of Apple. The science and technology Museum is designed by Delugan Meissl and is situated near the company’s headquarters. The museum is executed meticulously and tells a mesmerizing story using great graphic design and installations.

Simplicity and the conviction of constant evolution are probably the strongest traits of Porsche as a world-class brand. This is what really strikes you move through the Porsche museum.

 

To conclude, the trip to the coveted Porsche museum didn’t disappoint the group! The Porsche museum tour took us through its prestigious racing history, the evolution of the Porsche brand, and its technological achievements that have revolutionized automotive industry today. Many of us in the IILM BBA group had a great time playing with the engine sound effect machine and looking at the cars but few even found enjoyment in the detailed descriptions of Porsche’s development of the tip-tropic automatic gear system and their weight reduced fuel pumps.

With a mind filled with great memories and edifying experience, bidding adieu to the Porsche Museum, at-least probably till next year!