Sebastian Weise

Country of origin: Germany

PhD student, Lancaster University

For me the original decision to come to Lancaster was based on the wide range of international co-operative relationships which Lancaster University Management School maintains with institutions abroad, as well as the good reputation of the University.

Through my time at Lancaster, I have come to appreciate the flexibility provided in the BBA programme, which allowed me to develop my own portfolio of academic knowledge matching to my skills and interests. Additionally, the campus of the University is a truly inspirational place ideal for developing creativity and knowledge.

In my first year, I was elected as the student faculty representative for the Management School. In this function, I attended various student union meetings on a regular basis, catering for the improvement of student life and well being.

During my final year, I worked as a LUMS ambassador for the undergraduate office, working on projects which aimed to increase the image and reputation of the Management School. The most notable project was the founding of Lancaster University Management School Association (LUMSA) for which I had major responsibility in developing processes for the operation of the board and creating a memorandum of understanding.

I completed a study year abroad as well as an industrial placement as part of my degree. For my year abroad I attended the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, USA.

For my industrial placement I worked for the business development team of MTU Aero Engines, a major German Aerospace company, in the function of an analyst. Working in this role, I supported the creation of two important Joint Venture feasibility studies. I also managed some small-scale projects and at the end of the regular internship I was sent to the Malaysia-based subsidiary to work on a market analysis.

I am now studying for a PhD on the HighWire programme at Lancaster University. This doctoral training centre is one of the few centres looking into issues of the upcoming digital “networked” economy, and the PhD is funded by one of the UK research councils (EPSRC).