Setting Goals and Organising Your Studies Is Your Key to Your Success

  • Alexander P. Hansen
  • Annette Doll
  • Ajit Varma


The sixth chapter outlines regional differences in Germany relevant for the selection of a university. It also covers valuable strategies to study efficiently and manage the various demands of a degree program. It explains how defining a personal purpose is the basis for setting concrete goals. These are important to ensure the highest possible benefit from an education at a private German university. The chapter also offers insights into the teaching methods at private universities and how both introverted and extroverted student personalities may flourish. The authors provide details on different learning types and how learning efficiency can be optimised. Experts, students and alumni share their experiences and insights on how a degree from a German private university is an asset for a professional career.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander P. Hansen
    • 1
  • Annette Doll
    • 2
  • Ajit Varma
    • 3
  1. 1.GCG Global Campus Germany GmbHBonnGermany
  2. 2.BonnGermany
  3. 3.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity UniversityNoidaIndia

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