Henkel inspires students from Egypt
About 40 high school Egyptian students have paid a visit to the Henkel headquarters in Düsseldorf. The students, who range between the ages of 17-19, are Egypt’s best students drawn from all areas of the country.
Egyptian students thrilled by their visit to Henkel.The visit which took place on August 30, 2012, was according to the organizers, the first visit to a multi-national company in the 44 years of this initiative’s existence. It is sponsored by a newspaper publication house, the Egyptian government and the private secretary in Egypt. Its goal is to inspire and motivate high potential Egyptian students and to provide them with a feel of the western cultures, languages and people so as to pave the way for a hopefully future international career.
The visit commenced with a tour of the Henkel site in Düsseldorf and was followed by a presentation. During the presentation, Jens Plinke, Head of Corporate Employer Branding, delivered a general overview of Henkel and presented Henkel as a potential employer. Pointing to diversity as an important aspect of the Henkel spirit and its winning culture, he also invited the students to explore the Henkel’s career possibilities for students, through internships, participation at the Henkel Innovation Challenge and networking via campus contacts.
“At Henkel, we encourage such initiatives which motivate young people aspiring for an international career, to explore international companies such as Henkel,” said Jens Plinke, rationalizing the reason behind Henkel’s involvement in this project.
The students asked questions, ranging from information about Henkel, the variety of Henkel’s products, career possibilities at Henkel and the Henkel Innovation Challenge. Dedicating time to answer their questions, Jens Plinke also gave them important tips for the future and for their future career.
“This visit has been very enlightening to us, it shows us that success is the result of hard work, creativity and of course experience,” declared 18 year old Omnia Bakarat, during the lunch buffet.
“This is the first multinational company we have ever visited, in 44 years of this program. I am happy that Henkel made it possible for these students to learn from its rich history, its prestigious tradition and its success. It is a source of inspiration for the students,” concluded Moemen Maaged, one of the coordinators and main organizers of the initiative. This European tour takes the students to Paris, Düsseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart and Ulm.