„To get inspired by the German law and economy – that’s why I am studying at the University of Mannheim“

Louis Anyanwu (28) from Lagos has been studying in the Master of Comparative Business Law since the beginning of September 2016. The students of this internationally oriented master’s program are from all over the world. In his myUniMA story, Louis tells us how he would like to use the insights from his studies to further economic development in Nigeria.

Why did you decide to study in a master´s program here in Mannheim?

Louis: I did my Bachelor’s degree in law at a private university in Lagos where I graduated in 2015. As Germany is a very important player on the international market, I decided to do my master’s degree at the University of Mannheim. I hope that this master’s program will inspire me and offer me practical approaches, so that I will be able to contribute to the economic development in my homeland Nigeria.

What are you up to after your graduation?

Louis: It’s a one-year program which means I will graduate in the summer of 2017. My thesis focuses on how the German law can serve as an example for Nigeria, in particular regarding its economic development. Maybe I will extend this topic and continue working on it after my graduation and use my results to support the Nigerian economy. I would like to send my thesis to Nigeria’s decision-makers and offer them a co-operation. But I wouldn’t mind staying in Germany at all improving my German skills and finding a job here either.

What are the main differences between Lagos and Mannheim and the student life in both cities?

Louis: Lagos is a huge city. There’s always something going on. Some people even compare Lagos to New York because both cities are similarly crowded and hectic. Mannheim is a lot quieter. Apart from that, I am not used to the extremely cold winter here either. As far as the university is concerned, there are also some differences. Back in Lagos, I used to live right on campus and could spend my free time with friends or watch TV shows with them. Now, I have less free time because my timetable at the university is quite dense and I have to work on a lot of assignments and projects. The living situation is different, too, as students don’t live on campus, but all over the city.

How do you like the University of Mannheim and your program of study?

Louis: When I first saw the Schloss, I thought I was at Hogwarts. I’d never seen a building as beautiful and as majestic – except in movies. Being able to study here, is something special. In my year, we’re seventeen students from all over the world: Spain, Afghanistan, Australia, America and the Dominican Republic. Two of my fellow students are from Nigeria as well. I was surprised about that – I didn´t expect to meet someone from my homeland here. We’re all getting along well with each other and regularly meet up for lunch at the Mensa. We’ve also been to Karlsruhe and Stuttgart together to do some sightseeing.

Have you had any difficulties settling in at the university?

Louis: Since I received my visa late, I missed most of Orientation Week. Fortunately, I was able to contact my program manager and could get the missing information from him directly. Apart from that, the only difficulty was to find my way around campus. But I guess that’s something every student struggles with. After a week, I knew the university a lot better – thanks to my program manager and the staff at the International Office. All in all, I haven’t really had any problems in Mannheim and at the university. It’s been an exciting and good time so far.

Interview: Louisa Gille  |  Photo: Elisa Berdica  |  January 2017