Meet the Dean: Space for dialogue and direct participation

All News, Faculty, Inside CBS   -  5. November 2018

“Meet the Dean” is an innovative event format at the Cologne Business School in which students and deans exchange information about the courses of study at an eye level. This year, the International Business Department kicked off the series of events with an invitation to its Bachelor students. Prof. Dr. Markus Raueiser, Dean of the International Business Faculty, Prof. Dr. Malgorzata Zmuda, Vice Dean of International Business, Mehran Najmaei, Research Assistant International Business, and Rachel Hall, Student Research Assistant, attended the event as representatives of the International Business Faculty.

Information about the study plan

At the beginning of the event, Prof. Dr. Malgorzata Zmuda gave a general overview of the coming semesters in the bachelor’s programme”International Business”. In particular, the choice of specialisations at the end of the second semester raised a number of questions among students. The Vice Dean introduced the five specialisations and the lecturers responsible and advised the first semesters present: “Choose the specialisations according to your interests and, above all, according to your strengths.”

Prof. Dr. Malgorzata Zmuda also promoted the many offers for student commitment at the Cologne Business School, such as the Entrepreneur Club, ConCBS or the Founders Factory. “Your future employers are interested in you being able to apply the knowledge you have gained during your studies. Take the opportunity to practice these processes during your studies. This is one of the aspects with which you can stand out from the mass of applicants later on.”

Direct voting for study contents and processes

Using an “Open Class” voting tool on their cell phones, the students were able to anonymously express praise and criticism. Under the key questions, “What should CBS stop doing?”, “What should CBS start doing?” and “What should CBS keep doing?” they gave direct feedback on their studies at Cologne Business School. The search for accommodation in Cologne was one topic in which guest students like to have support from the faculty.

Vincent Weiß, Accommodation Officer of Cologne Business, is aware of the tense situation on the Cologne housing market: “Affordable housing for students is scarce in Cologne. In the Accommodation Office, we support our students in finding a low-cost, high-quality, centrally located and affordable accommodation that optimally meets the needs and requirements of our students. With three properties and 57 residential units, we are already offering a large range of living space for our students, which will be increased by 60 units with the new Urban Living Köln property with immediate effect”.

Time for personal talks

At the end of the event, representatives of the International Business faculty and the students met in the cafeteria to exchange ideas and experiences. Over snacks and drinks, the faculty members took the time to answer questions about their studies or the results of the survey.

Next date for “Meet the Dean”:

Friday 16 November, 2018

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Room: Los Angeles

Target group: IB Master students in the 3rd semester

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