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International cultural exchange is the business

Business students from Sunderland’s German twin city of Essen, have been provided with a valuable insight into business and the local economy by staff and students at Sunderland College

25 students and two teachers from Theodore Heuss Gymnasium Business School spent a week in Sunderland to experience the city, its economy and culture, as part of an international exchange programme, organised by Sunderland City Council.

The aim of the educational and cultural exchange was for the students to join their English counterparts in business studies classes at Sunderland College, improve their language skills, and take part in a series of activities including a tour of Nissan and a visit to the Stadium of Light.

Tim Field, Curriculum Manager for Business and Professional at Sunderland College, said:

“It was wonderful to welcome business students from Essen and share a week of activities and visits to local areas of interest.

“The exchange was a great success, particularly when the Sunderland and Essen students shared presentations about cultural influences on businesses, which will be a great help to each of them in extending their knowledge of international business relations.

“It was a real pleasure to spend time with students from another country who are studying the same subject area and to exchange ideas and views on current business news and trends.

“All the students were a credit to their respective colleges and we would like to see these links developed and strengthened in the future.”

During their visit to the Stadium of Light, the students met the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Lynda Scanlan, and members of Sunderland City Council’s International Team who arranged the exchange with Essen.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller, said:

“Maintaining the strong links we have developed over the years with our European and International partners is vital to the future of our city.

“We are always delighted to welcome visitors from our partner communities, and to continue to work together to generate economic, educational and cultural benefits through these important relationships.

“Exchanging ideas and experience, and learning from different approaches, is key for all of us.”

Annika Mecking, a Lecturer at Theodore Heuss Gymnasium, added:

“The first visit of Essen students to Sunderland College was a very precious experience.

“We received a very warm welcome from the Sunderland College students and staff, and delivering and sharing presentations on ‘Cultural Factors in International Business’ offered interesting insights into many similarities and differences within international business culture.

Annika continued:

“We envisage establishing a long-term partnership, as part of the relationship between the two twin cities of Sunderland and Essen, based on business and culture related projects, and our very next step will be to invite and welcome the Sunderland College students and staff to Essen.”

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