Global Business in the Covid-19 world

After the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemia in Austria and the following lock-down the Global Business team together with their international colleagues in Russia, Italy, Taiwan, Canada and Peru moved all three paths students to virtual learning settings.

The most important thing is to keep the students and the team safe and to ensure that students can finalize their studies although the environment is now not physical but virtual. In all three paths of the program, students follow online classes, work in multicultural virtual teams and gain important skills in online presentation and online team coordination. The challenge is that members of one team can be spread on 3 different continents and work in 3 different time zones. This requires a high level of coordination and flexibility both from the students as well as from our GBS team. Although organizing and coordinating the programs online is quite challenging the team is happy that the international students can continue their university education no matter where they currently are. Because the international students currently can’t come to Austria, the team is also organizing an online cultural program, so that the participants can gain a little insight into Austrian culture although right now they might be thousands of kilometers away.

Credit: IFI