The unique practice integrated master´s programme Automotive Mechatronics and Management started its traditional two-day kick-off event this year with a welcome session at the KTM Motohall. The aim of this event was not only to hold the first course in intercultural competences but also to get to know each other and become “one team”.
This year again 17 highly motivated students from all five continents started their AMM master studies. On the first day of their studies the AMM students were invited by KTM to visit the magnificent KTM Motohall to give them first-hand experience of the machines and heroes of motorsport as well as the history, innovations, engineering and technology of the motorcycle. After a friendly introduction by Ms. Duringer (KTM, Head of Recruiting) DI Peter Gorbach (Head of Engine Development) gave valuable insights into the newest technological innovations of KTM and also into the strategy of the company. After a comprehensive discussion, KTM invited the students to a meet & greet with AMM students and AMM alumni who already started their career at KTM.
In the afternoon the AMM team vistited “fahr(T)raum – the Ferdinand Porsche World of Experience“ in Mattsee. In the course of an intensive guided tour, the international students learned about the Austrian roots of Ferdinand Porsche and were delighted by the many innovations that were invented by this genius engineer.
After these two highlights, another Austrian-specific highlight was scheduled - Salzburg! A guided tour through the oldtown of Salzburg impressed especially the international students. That busy day closed with a dinner in the famous Gablerbräu.
The second day concentrated on the course intercultural communication, which focused on the key principles and processes of intercultural communication. “I am very pleased that these two days again brought our AMM students from 13 nations close together. From now on they act as a highly motivated team and together with the whole AMM team I look forward to the next two years”, Program Director FH-Prof. Kurt Gaubinger sums up.