Xiaojuan Li completes a one-year trainee program at the Freudenberg Group in Weinheim
Weinheim. January 27, 2012. From Poland and Hungary to Russia - Freudenberg has numerous locations in Eastern Europe. The importance for the Group of expanding business relations in the region will continue to grow. For this reason, the company systematically fosters contacts between science and practice: Freudenberg introduced a scholarship for students from Eastern Europe a decade ago this year.
"Freudenberg is the reason why I extended my stay in Germany by an extra semester," says Tomasz Miklewicz from Poland, a current scholarship holder. The unique program is a joint cooperation between Freudenberg and Mannheim University and designed specifically for economics students. The young talents receive financial support from the Freudenberg Group totaling €6,500 for a ten-month period. The students also have the opportunity to complete a work placement during the semester break, then work as a student trainee and complete their bachelor's or master's thesis with the company. Miklewicz, who began his studies at the Warsaw School of Economics, would like to take advantages of all these options: "I want to make the best possible use of my time here. For me, the scholarship isn't just about financial support, more importantly it's an honor and an incentive."
Culturally diverse working world
"The aim of the program is to train young talent who make a long-term contribution to Freudenberg's strategic development in Eastern Europe," says Alexa Faber, personnel officer with the Group. "At the same time we want to encourage students who are interested in broadening their horizon." That was also one of the main reasons why business mathematician Miklewicz decided in favor of Freudenberg: The company's international character. "I was especially interested in finding out how different cultures cooperate," says the Polish student, who is currently completing his work placement in Group Controlling at Freudenberg. "Our department sets great store by integrating students from Eastern Europe and supporting young talent," says Pawel Mrozik, an associate with Group Controlling and the student's mentor. "We greatly appreciate the deep commitment and new momentum these young people bring with them."
This year the scholarship program for Eastern Europe celebrates its tenth anniversary. Over the last decade, this particular program has given many students from Eastern Europe the opportunity to become acquainted with Freudenberg, Weinheim and, above all, Germany.