Asking Mauricio Duran Baker
RWTH Business School: Why did you decide for the MME TIME program from RWTH Business School?
Mauricio: At the beginning I was thinking of doing an MBA, but I didn’t really want to entirely leave my engineering background. Then I found this program introducing an excellent combination of management and engineering. Besides, I’ve been in Germany before as I did an exchange program during my bachelor degree and this is when I first heard about the excellent reputation RWTH Aachen University has.
RWTH Business School: What do you like the most about the MME TIME program?
Mauricio: I really like that this program doesn’t just offer the traditional business school lectures but it also includes more contemporary and relevant topics such as Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I also like the “flipped classroom” teaching method which enables the lectures to be way more dynamic and efficient.
RWTH Business School: How is it like living in Aachen or in Germany in general?
Mauricio: I really enjoy the city vibe. Since a big percentage of the inhabitants are students there’s always something going on. Its geographical situation is very convenient because it’s situated right at the border to Belgium and the Netherlands making weekend travels so easy. I love that everything is in walking distance and there’s no need to have a car to commute.
RWTH Business School: What did you learn (so far) during the MME TIME program, which is important to be professionally and personally successful?
Mauricio: I consider that so far the program has given me a different mindset that has expanded my vision for my future ventures. It has also given me a handful set of tools that will be very useful when performing my future job tasks.
RWTH Business School: What has been your greatest challenge?
Mauricio: One of the biggest challenges me and my wife experienced before moving to Aachen was to actually find and get accommodation. It was really a difficult task, especially because we had to do everything from a distance and also because we had to learn Germany’s rules and procedures that are very different from what we are used to.
RWTH Business School: What does the MME TIME program mean for you and your future?
Mauricio: I think that the whole idea of getting a master’s degree is of course on the one hand to develop myself professionally, that I consider it will be a booster for my career. On the other hand, I consider this a life experience that I will never forget.
RWTH Business School: What should future students know about the MME TIME program? / What is your advice to those interested in the MME TIME program?
Mauricio: This program offers a lot of flexibility (residential or part time mode, technology or more management focus). So if they haven’t made up their minds because they don’t know yet on which competences to focus or because they are working and don’t want to leave the company, I would still encourage them to apply to this program and all of these questions will be clarified in the process.
RWTH Business School: Describe the MME TIME program in one word!
For more information about our award-winning blended-learning Master Management and Engineering program in Technology, Innovation, Marketing and Entrepreneurship (MME TIME) at Germany’s leading technical University RWTH Aachen please follow this link.
full-time Conicyt scholarship winner,
moved to Germany together with his wife,
works as a scientific assistant
under Prof. Piller at TIME research area