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Building Bridges: KGCCI CEO Inspires Korean Students with Insights on Korean-German Business Relations


Building Bridges: KGCCI CEO Inspires Korean Students with Insights on Korean-German Business Relations

(Seoul, May 23, 2024) Dr. Martin Henkelmann, President and CEO of the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KGCCI), gave a special lecture to 100 students at Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUFS) on May 22, 2024.

Dr. Henkelmann’s presentation, titled “Working in German Companies - Benefitting from the Growing Korean-German Business Relations,” offered valuable insights into the dynamic and evolving business relations between South Korea and Germany. He highlighted the opportunities and advantages for Korean students aspiring to build careers in German companies and emphasized the importance of cross-cultural understanding and collaboration in today’s globalized business environment.

During the lecture, Dr. Henkelmann, who has worked in Europe, Africa and Asia, shared his extensive experience and knowledge about the German business landscape, the strengths of the Korean-German economic partnership, and the skills and attributes that German companies value in their employees. He also discussed the ongoing initiatives and projects by KGCCI to strengthen bilateral trade and investment.

“We are witnessing a significant growth in Korean-German business relations, and this presents numerous opportunities for young professionals,” said Dr. Henkelmann. “Korean students have strong educational background, diligence, and strong work ethics. By understanding the values of German corporates, they can truly excel and be part of the Korean-German success story.”

The event concluded with an interactive Q&A session, where students eagerly engaged with Dr. Henkelmann, asking about career opportunities, skills required to work in German companies, and tips for success in multinational business environment.

President Chang Soon-heung of BUFS commented on the special lecture, saying, “For our students to be competitive on the global stage, it is essential to have an international perspective and an understanding of diverse cultural backgrounds. Dr. Henkelmann’s lecture will greatly assist students in understanding German business culture and in growing into global leaders.”

Additionally, Professor Tae-Hung Jung, Chair of the German Department at BUFS, who arranged this special lecture said, “Many of our students, including freshmen, have a high interest in German-speaking cultures and dream of working abroad. This special lecture highlighted the excellent opportunities available in German companies and offered promising prospects for our students.”

This special lecture is part of KGCCI’s ongoing efforts to promote educational and professional exchanges between South Korea and Germany, aiming to equip the next generation of leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in a global market. KGCCI has been contributing to Korean society through its various initiatives such as Ausbildung (Dual Vocational Training) connecting students and businesses, and WIR (Women in KoRea) Mentorship to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in corporates. Notably, Dr. Henkelmann became the first male co-chair of WIR program at the beginning of this year.