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Interview with Professor Carlos Khoury (UFBA)


1. You have travelled far in your life, which countries did you visit and which ones did you live and work in?

"I have traveled to many countries as a tourist like Argentina, Chile, Cuba and Peru in South America, USA in North America, Portugal, Spain, France, German, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia and Turkey in Europe.

As part of my education I lived for six months in Sweden participating on an interchanging program in my MBA, one year in USA as part of my doctor studies and I am spending these six months here in Germany for research purposes."


2. Why do you think it is important to gather some experiences in foreign countries/ cultures?

 "Because the students can broaden their vision of the world and they can observe different behaviors of people."

3. What qualifies Brazil and especially the UFBA as a fruitful exchange partner?

"Brazil is a huge country with a very different culture compared to Germany, many German Corporate Companies have unities in Brazil. These companies will probably value employees that have better understanding of what is going on in their branches. UFBA is one the biggest university in Brazil and is often well evaluated as one of the best in Brazil."

4. What will the students be taking with them, when leaving Brasil?

"I think after all, the students will have a better understanding of the challengings the Brazilian society has to face in economical and social issues."

Interview with Professor Gilberto Wildberger de Almeida (UFBA)


1. Which countries did you visit and which ones did you live and work in?

"I have always searched to have experiences abroad. Before I decided to take Administration as a professional career, I cherished the idea of graduating in Geography. I thought in visiting far away places like the Tibet, the city of Samarkand in Central Asia, some islands in Oceania, etc. So while I was graduating in Administration I searched for opportunities to work on my Master’s degree outside Brazil. I succeeded on my application for a USA scholarship, so right after I graduated in Brazil I went to the USA to pursue a MBA degree at Michigan State University. When I returned to Brazil I felt that I should go on studying, so in 1971 I left for Chile where I enrolled on a Master in Political Economy program. Much later on life, after these two year and a half abroad in the US and same time in Chile, I lived one year in Montreal, Canada, while doing research for my PhD thesis. While in Canada I attended English speaking McGill University, one of the best in Canada.

I have also stayed shorter periods of time abroad (less than six months). Argentina, France and Germany were places on which I stayed a while. From April first till June the 20th of 2014 I stayed in Germany under the cooperation program that exists between DHBW and UFBA"


2. Why do you think it is important for anybody to gather some experiences in foreign countries/ culture?

"The world have shrunk a lot since the market economy expanded itself into just about all corners in all continents. Hence it is mandatory for someone holding any sort of job to be aware that opportunities may unfold far from the limits of one’s own village. This global perspective of life insertion follows what goes on the Economy. Buyers and sellers are spread everywhere. Students must learn that countries limits do not hold capital movement anymore. Jobs will follow capital. Many Germans learn Portuguese when they go to work for a German company based in Brazil, like Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, BASF, and dozens others."


3. Why do you think this exchange project is a good opportunity for students to go abroad?

"Jobs nowadays are also available in distant lands. Companies are eager to spot professionals capable of performing functions in two or three different languages. Being able to work in Brazil, for instance, may be a plus for a young German graduate."


4. What makes the cooperation between UFBA and DHBW Mannheim so special?

"It may become larger and larger. Brazilians are aware of Germany, since the proportion of Germans that migrated to Brazil since the XIX Century and especially during the first half of the XX Century has been rather large.  I guess that 7% to 9% of the Brazilians descend from Germans. Brazil is a 200 million country population wise, so I am talking about 14 to 18 million people of German origin.  The state of Bahia received in the past many German traders engaged either in the cocoa trade or in the tobacco trade.  Now German engineers and tourism operators are going to settle in Brazil. UFBA and DHBW may become a route for these new adventurous globalised professional."