Erasmus Mundus Master's programme:
Global Markets, Local Creativities (GLOCAL)

The European Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency (EACEA) will support the proposed new Master's programme "Global Markets, Local Creativities" with 3,000,000 Euro in stipends and mobility grants, as part of the Erasmus Mundus Programme. The University of Göttingen is part of a consortium of four European universities including Barcelona, Rotterdam and Glasgow as lead partner, which will administer the new programme starting in the fall of 2017/18.

Organized in Göttingen by the Institute for Economic and Social History, this two-year Master leverages the complementary expertise, resources and networks of four subject areas (Economic and Social History, Business, History, Economics) within four major European universities to provide a profoundly interdisciplinary programme and international learning experience. The programme equips students with the analytical tools and critical skills necessary to make sense of the history, theory, institutions and cultures of global and local capitalism. "At the core [of this programme]," states the EACEA review panel "stands the education and training of the next generation of leaders that can understand the nature of global change and its impact on localities and regions." In Göttingen, GLOCAL is part of the M.A. progamme "History of Global Markets".

GLOCAL Excursion to Berlin January 30 - 31, 2020

With the end of the semester near, Göttingen Glocal students embarked on a trip to Berlin. To see the core courses themes of global marketing and immigrant entrepreneurship in practice, they went with Prof. Berghoff to visit different Berlin organizations. Stops on the tour included the digitalization think tank iRights Lab as well as the association for migrant entrepreneurs in Germany. For lunch the group stopped at Kreuzberger Himmel, a Syrian restaurant run by refugees and supported by a local NGO. A tour of the multi-cultural history of the Kreuzberg district capped off a busy day in Berlin. (Images: Gerrit Mumme)

GLOCAL Summer School: “Mittelstand goes Global: Local Roots and Internationalization Pathways of SMEs”, August 25 - 31, 2018

The first summer school of Global Markets, Local Creativities (GLOCAL) took place at the University of Göttingen from August 25-31, 2018. As you can see from the program, the summer school focussed on the internationalization efforts of family firms and other small and medium enterprises. As “hidden champions” these companies are frequently as crucial to global economic processes as the large corporate multinationals, which usually serve as the face of globalization. We were interested in the ways in which locally rooted firms connect different regions with global markets. To get a good impression of the week from a student's perspective, take a look at the great blog post by Riyoko Shibe!

Some impressions:

GLOCAL Summer School 2018 - 01
Photograph by Gesche Quent

GLOCAL Summer School 2018 - 02
Photograph by Gerrit Mumme

GLOCAL Summer School 2018 - 03
Photograph by Gerrit Mumme

GLOCAL Summer School 2018 - 05
Photograph by Gerrit Mumme

2017: Programme begins in Glasgow

The induction for the first cohort of the GLOCAL programme was held at the University of Glasgow on Sept. 14, 2017. The first group of 32 GLOCAL students hails from 25 different countries world-wide, including students from Peru, Colombia, Zambia, Cambodia, Taiwan, Serbia, Bulgaria, Italy, Ireland, and the United States of America. They will follow an interdisciplinary study program combining business, economics, the social sciences and history which bring them to Göttingen next fall after stops in Glasgow and Barcelona.

GLOCAL - Induction for the first cohort

Photograph by Gerrit Mumme & Gesche Quent

GLOCAL Summer School: “Mittelstand goes Global: Local Roots and Internationalization Pathways of SMEs”, 25. - 31. August 2018

Die erste Summer School des "Global Markets, Local Creativities"-Programms (GLOCAL) fand vom 25. bis 31. August 2018 in Göttingen statt. Wie aus dem Programm ersichtlich, beschäftigte sich die Summer School mit den Internationalisierungsaktivitäten von Familienunternehmen und anderer Kleiner und Mittlerer Unternehmen. Als “hidden champions” spielen diese Unternehmen häufig ebenso eine Schlüsselrolle für globale ökonomische Prozesse wie multinationale Großunternehmen, mit denen man Globalisierung in der Regel eher verbindet. Wir haben uns angeschaut, auf welche Weisen lokal verwurzelte Firmen verschiedene Regionen mit globalen Märkten verknüpfen. Für einen schönen Einblick in die Woche sei der Blogbeitrag von Riyoko Shibe empfohlen!

Die Einführung der ersten Kohorte im GLOCAL-Studiengang fand am 14. September 2017 an der Universität Glasgow statt. Die ersten 32 Studierenden stammen aus 25 Ländern in allen Teilen der Welt, darunter Peru, Kolumbien, Sambia, Kambodscha, Taiwan, Serbien, Bulgarien, Italien, Irland und die USA. Die Studierende verfolgen ihr interdisziplinäres Studienprogramm zunächst in Glasgow und Barcelona, ehe sie im nächsten Herbst nach Göttingen kommen.

GLOCAL - Induction for the first cohort