Experiential Learning at the Forefront: Industry Visits at the American Institute of Applied Sciences in Switzerland

AUS recently organized industry visits for our students to postal distribution centers in Switzerland as part of the 'Managerial Decision Making' and ‘Product Management' classes, taught by Dr. Patrick Lehner. Our Master’s students visited the parcel sorting facility in Daillens, and undergraduates visited the letter sorting facility in nearby Eclépens. These visits are designed to offer students an in-depth understanding of industrial automation and managerial decision-making processes. Industrial automation is a rapidly evolving field, and it’s crucial for our students to stay abreast of the latest developments. By visiting postal distribution centers, students get a first-hand look at how automation is transforming the logistics industry. They witness how automated sorting systems, robotics, and AI-powered solutions are increasing efficiency, reducing errors, and revolutionizing the way postal services operate.

But the learning doesn’t stop at understanding the technology. These visits also provide a unique opportunity for students to delve into the realm of managerial decision-making. They observe how managers navigate the complexities of integrating automation into existing workflows, balancing cost considerations with productivity gains, and managing change within their organizations. The industry visits prepare students for the business simulation exercises they do in class, with a focus on preparing them to "cope with decision-making in a modern company in an economic environment where changes are rapid and, at times, brutal."

At AUS, we firmly believe in the power of experiential learning. These industry visits are not just field trips; they are immersive learning experiences that complement our academic curriculum. They provide our students with a real-world context for the theories they study in the classroom, bridging the gap between academic knowledge and practical application. Last term, AUS students embarked on an exciting journey to Genève Aéroport for their Aviation Sustainability course.

We are proud to be part of a learning community that values such experiences. The enthusiasm and curiosity our students display during these visits are truly inspiring. It is a testament to their dedication to learning and their eagerness to develop into the business leaders of tomorrow.

Stay tuned for more updates on our industry visits and other exciting initiatives at the American Institute of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. We are committed to providing our students with a holistic education that prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

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