MBS Semester Opening 2018

MBS Semester Opening 2018

Just yesterday, Munich Business School (MBS) welcomed its new students at the official 2018 MBS Semester Opening ceremony. For the first time ever, the festive event was held at the premises of the renowned Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in close vicinity to the MBS campus.

MBS Semester Opening 2018

In front of about 200 students, most of them freshmen, lecturers, and staff, Prof. Dr. Stefan Baldi, Dean of Munich Business School, warmly welcomed the audience with a speech highlighting the diversity and internationality of the student body: amongst the 200+ new students that joined MBS for the current semester, there are 38 countries represented, summing up to a 55 percent share of internationals; and for the first time ever, there are slightly more female than male students amongst the freshmen (51 to 49 percent).

Following was MBS President, Dr. Alfred Gossner, who in his Opening Speech called upon the new students to approach today’s big (social) challenges while also addressing the topic of self-optimization in this context.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Baldi (left), and Dr. Alfred Gossner during their speeches at the 2018 MBS Semester Opening.

Living the MBS Spirit – An Intercultural Friendship

The final presentation featured two MBS Master International Business alumnae – Claudia Oberbeck from Germany and Yao “Jane” Wang from China –, who got to know each other during their very first days at MBS, and have since been building a deep “intercultural friendship”.

Claudia and Jane provided their first-hand insights on why they decided to join MBS, on what studying at MBS is all about, on their semesters abroad at National Taiwan Normal University (Jane) and Boston University (Claudia), and on their common curricular as well as extracurricular activities such as travelling Germany and China together. A truly inspiring story by two great MBS ambassadors!

MBS Master graduates Claudia Oberbeck (left) and Yao “Jane” Wang during their “Living the MBS Spirit – an International Friendship” presentation.

The speeches were followed by the presentation of the MBS Awards, which are awarded to students (and a faculty member, as well) who have shown particular commitment during their studies – for example as student representatives or as ambassadors of MBS.

Here are the winners of the 2018 MBS Awards:

  • MBS Research Award: Prof. Dr. Barbara Scheck
  • MBS Academic Award: Alexandra Albon (Master International Business)
  • MBS Explorer Award: Jonas Reiner (Bachelor and Master International Business)
  • MBS Ambassador Award: Martin Attenberger (Bachelor International Business), Nicolas Dietz (Master International Business) , and Conan Furlong ((Master Sports Business and Communication)
  • Rudolf Gröger Award: Tania Sanchez (Master International Business)

The winners of the 2018 MBS Awards (with Dr. Alfred Gossner, President of MBS, and Prof. Dr. Stefan Baldi, Dean of MBS; from left to right, top to bottom): Prof. Dr. Barbara Scheck, Alexandra Albon, Jonas Reiner, Conan Furlong and Nicolas Dietz, Tania Sanchez; missing: Martin Attenberger.

After the official part of the 2018 MBS Semester Opening, the students, faculty, and staff members gathered at the foyer of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft premises for a get-together over a glass of champagne, mingling with each other and establishing ties with their fellow students.

Thanks to the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft for their fantastic support of the event, and to our students for taking part and making the 2018 MBS Semester Opening another memorable event!