German Eastern Business Association and KLU to Expand Cooperation

This year KLU is planning to strengthen its already well-established cooperation with the Ost-Ausschuss - Osteuropaverein or German Eastern Business Association (OAOEV). The association will soon open a satellite branch on the KLU Campus. The OAOEV is the German economy’s largest regional initiative, covering almost 30 countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

Transmitting scientific know-how in the KLU core competence fields of corporate management, logistics and supply chain management to the members and target regions of the German Eastern Business Association (OAOEV) is one of the aims in enhancing this cooperation. Among others, KLU professors have been invited to participate in the OAOEV work group on logistics and transport infrastructure (Arbeitskreis Logistik und Verkehrsinfrastruktur), which is chaired by Prof. Dr. Peer Witten, member of the OAOEV executive committee.

Offers for Students from Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Business students from Eastern Europe and Central Asia could benefit from this cooperation as of September 2021. A scholarship for particularly talented applicants for the three KLU Master programs has been planned. The OAOEV is also participating in KLU's Deutschlandstipendium campaign (Germany Scholarships) and will initially provide two students with a monthly grant.

“With this agreement, we are taking the next logical step together,” says KLU President Professor Thomas Strothotte. “In recent years, we have partnered on successfully organizing high-ranking networking events such as the Ambassadors‘ Day for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Now, with the help of the OAOEV, our university wants to present even more offers specifically tailored to students and companies from this region.” In the future, the OAOEV will use premises on the KLU Campus for its work. Strotthotte confirmed that he was particularly pleased about this. “Where minds come together, good ideas are born. We will certainly come up with a few more.”

Innovation Through Exchange with Academia

“One of the main objectives of the German Eastern Business Association is to promote long-term innovation partnerships with our 29 target countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The close alliance with KLU as a leading research institution with an excellent international profile is beneficial for both our partner countries and our member companies. They will benefit from an application-oriented and pragmatic scientific exchange,” says Managing Director Michael Harms. “We will also have the opportunity to be present on the KLU campus with our contact office in Hamburg. This will allow us to deal with important issues for the Hanseastic city and the OAOEV members based there. We owe KLU a debt of gratitude for this.“

KLU is a member of the German Eastern Business Association (OAOEV), the largest regional initiative of the German economy comprising around 30 countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. It is also supported by six leading associations of the German economy, including the Federation of German Industries (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie, BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Deutscher Industrie und Handelskammertag, DIHK). The OAOEV supports its members in international projects.

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German Eastern Business Association (OAOEV)