Christian Schmidt was born in Germany in 1988. He completed a two-year apprenticeship as a banker (“Bankkaufmann”) which he finished with honors before he started his Bachelor`s Degree in Business Administration at the Saarland University (B.Sc.). During his studies at the Saarland University he gained experience as a student assistant at the Chair of Finance and was awarded with the “Deutschlandstipendium” in 2012. Subsequent to his Bachelor`s Degree he proceeded with a Master`s Degree in Management at the University of Mannheim (M.Sc.) during which he spend a semester abroad in the United States at the San Diego State University. During his studies he specialized in finance and accounting. Moreover, he gained experience in internships as a consultant for a management consultancy and as an investment banker for a German private bank.
Christian Schmidt is funded by Stiftung Geld & Währung.
Why I chose The University of Mannheim:
I already completed my Master in Management at the University of Mannheim which is why I know the advantages of pursuing an academic degree in Mannheim. With its outstanding finance faculty, distinguished researchers and excellent reputation the University of Mannheim provides the perfect environment for a successful PhD program. Moreover, with its structured program the GESS provides guidance throughout the PhD (especially in the first year) which i perceived as extremely helpful.
The best part of being a doctoral student here:
You are part of a large community of highly motivated researches such that you can really go for what you are interested in.
A description of my fellow students:
All colleagues are open, friendly and very motivated. Communication on the professional as well as the private level is always inspiring in this internationally mixed group of people. You not only find new colleagues but also new friends.
My most challenging experience within the program:
The first year of the program mainly consists of highly challenging courses in very different disciplines. While the meaning of completing these courses might seem blurry at first, you will soon harvest the yield of the spent effort.
My advice for prospective students:
If you are looking for a real challenge in a distinguished program of a great University with outstanding people, this is the right choice!