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German Business Forum aims to build international partnerships

German Business Forum 2013
From left to right: Holger Schneider, Elringklinger North America; Jeff McCoy, Atlantic Capital Bank; Dr. Ruben Boling, director of the Center for the Future of North Georgia; Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business.

To foster partnerships between German-owned businesses and the University of North Georgia, the Mike Cottrell College of Business and its Center for the Future of North Georgia hosted the German Business Forum featuring executives from more than 15 businesses.

"The Mike Cottrell College of Business and Center for the Future of North Georgia want to create international opportunities for our students and faculty by developing partnerships through businesses like these," said Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business.

Dr. Eike Jordan
Keynote Speaker Dr. Eike Jordan

Attended by businesses like Kemper America, TROX USA, Inc., Mugele of America Inc., Elringklinger North America, Siemens Drive Technologies, Atlantic Capital Bank, and others, the forum helped executives and leaders connect for commerce and information sharing.

"A large number of businesses from Germany have locations in the region, and this forum provided an opportunity to help them connect, share ideas, and learn from each other," said Dr. Ruben Boling, director of the Center for the Future of North Georgia. "At UNG, our focus is to support the North Georgia region, and we can accomplish that by partnering with organizations throughout the area."

There are more than 20 German-owned businesses in the region surrounding UNG.

"This forum is an excellent opportunity for UNG to network with the businesses, as building relationships with them can lead to internships for UNG students," Boling said. "This gives the businesses access to knowledgeable interns, and gives the students exposure to multi-cultural business cultures and unique learning experiences."

UNG Graduate Chris Leming
UNG Graduate Chris Leming

This includes students such as UNG graduate Chris Leming, who interned for Steinbach und Partner in Germany while studying business administration.

"Those experiences in Germany gave me new perspectives and skills, and helped mold me into a young business professional," Leming said.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Eike Jordan of Jordan Inter Consult, spoke about key issues pertaining to German-American business relations and investment issues in his presentation "The State of German Companies and Businesses in Georgia, and the Journey to Get There."

The University of North Georgia is designated by the University System of Georgia as a state leadership institution and is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. A primary component of the university’s mission is to develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society, and UNG partners with institutions around the globe to bring international experiences to its students, faculty, staff, and community.

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