More than 400 freshmen start their first semester with a traditional semester opening ceremony

All News, Inside CBS   -  21. August 2018

Cologne Business School welcomed its new English-taught Bachelor, Master and MBA students for the winter semester 2018 with a semester opening ceremony held yesterday at the botanical garden, Cologne. The semester opening ceremony which traditionally marks the beginning of the semester at Cologne Business School attracted around 600 guests, including new students, family members and CBS staff. More than 400 freshmen will begin their studies on August 27, 2018. Many of them will begin with a postgraduate master’s programme.

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Fröhlich, President of Cologne Business School, opened the ceremony: “Our university has a long tradition in celebrating the beginning of a new semester with the faculty, students, families and close friends. We know that studying is one of the most formative stages of life in which our students set the course for their professional success. At CBS we provide you with all the foundations for your success with first-class university education. “

Elfi Scho-Antwerpes, Mayor of the City of Cologne, was the guest of honour at the 25th semester opening ceremony. She addressed the guests with a personal greeting: “The City of Cologne is closely linked to the CBS: Both stand for internationality. You will study with fellow students from around 75 nations and spend one semester abroad at one of the 110 partner universities worldwide. The City of Cologne itself is considered an international economic centre which offers you all the prerequisites to take a top position in international companies after your studies. “

The official welcome was followed by a presentation of guest speaker Andreas Wels, co-founder of Studitemps. In his speech, he recalled his years of studies and gave the freshmen four pieces of advice. Thus,it is important to keep the balance between study and private life even in stressful phases: “Your life is like a stool with three legs. One leg symbolizes your career, one your family and one your private live.” He also recommended that students take as much knowledge as possible from the lectures and seminars, plan their studies well and build their first professional network.

Following the speech, Laura Schulze, a marketing employee at CBS, performed “Auf uns” by Anread Bourani and “What’s up” by 4 Non Blondes. which created a musical atmosphere for the next guest speaker, Angelika Tramnitzke on stage.

The Senior HR Manager Supply Network Operations DACH and Future of Work Project Leader at Procter & Gamble GmbH gave an insight into “Arbeit 4.0 – Future of Work” and pointed out that in times when technological progress revolutionized the world of work at a rapid pace, particular challenges would be posed to employers and employees. She reckons that the war on talents would be even more global in the future and advised the freshmen according in reference to Tom Rath: “Build on strengths!!”

After the official part of the semester opening, the new students, parents and friends had the opportunity to get to know their lecturers and fellow students while magician and mentalist, Tom Duval enchanted the guests with his performance at the get-together on the terrace of the Cologne botanical garden.

Photos: Constantin Ehrchen

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