The Presidium and Deans of the Cologne Business School welcomed approximately 400 freshmen of the English-taught Bachelor’s, Master’s and MBA programmes with a joint ceremony in Cologne’s Flora. Around 600 invited guests were given a good impression of what distinguishes a course of study in Cologne and at CBS through speeches by both internal and external speakers.
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Fröhlich, President of the Cologne Business School, opened the ceremony: “With your decision to study at the CBS, you have taken an important first step into your new professional future and you will find many opportunities at CBS to further your professional as well as your personal interests. It’s entirely up to you to individually shape your study time at CBS through our diverse specialisations, student initiatives and extracurricular activities”.
At the 26th semester opening ceremony, Christopher Meier, Managing Director of Training and Further Education at the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce, also addressed a personal greeting to the guests: “Cologne is the only city with over a million inhabitants in North Rhine-Westphalia and certainly one of the best cities to live in in all of Germany. By choosing Cologne as your place of study, you’ve already done everything right. The region needs highly qualified and motivated specialists, as you will be when you have successfully completed your studies here at the Cologne Business School. What I would like to tell you is that companies here in the region are looking for people like you”.
The official welcome was followed by further speeches by Daniel Rettig, Editor-in-Chief of ada, the digital education platform of the Handelsblatt Media Group, and Matthias Pollmann, CBS graduate and Vice President at Koelnmesse GmbH. Stefanie Nowikow, a bachelor student in business psychology, sang at the opening ceremony.
Following the official part of the semester opening, the guests had the opportunity to get to know each other and their new lecturers at the get-together on the terrace of the Cologne Flora.
Photos: Constantin Ehrchen