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Annual Report 2015

  • January

    January 16 – New Year reception: on behalf of FS Alumni e.V., the alumni association’s Chairman Oliver Kopp and Deputy Chair Shari Wolf present a symbolic cheque representing members’ donations to Professor Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School.

    January 28: senior executives and HR managers from the healthcare and life-sciences industries meet together on the Frankfurt School campus to attend the third annual HR Conference for the Life-Sciences Industry.

  • February

    February 26: Frankfurt School Verlag hosts the third annual Total Bank Management Conference, attended by more than 200 guests from supervisory bodies, associations and financial institutions. One of the keynote speakers is Dr Korbinian Ibel, Director General of the European Central Bank (ECB).

  • March

    efiport AG opens an in-house film and sound studio. The studio is equipped with a dubbing booth, a large green screen, two different graphic backdrops for use when recording interviews, and professional studio lighting.

    March 26-27: Silvia Kreibiehl (far left), Head of the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, chairs a panel discussion at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue conference. Attended by members of the global energy elite, the event is about devising concepts for making an intelligent transition to renewable energy.

    March 31: Silvia Kreibiehl, Head of the FS-UNEP Centre, and Professor Dr Ulf Moslener, Professor of Sustainable Energy Finance at Frankfurt School and Research Director of the FS-UNEP Centre, present the results of the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment Report 2015.

    In March, the European Investment Bank (EIB) appoints Frankfurt School to provide technical assistance (TA) to EIB financial intermediaries in the Southern Africa region under the Cotonou Agreement.

  • April

    April 14-17: the first seminar in the Excellence Programme for Supervisory Board Members is held on the Frankfurt School campus in the spring. There is a sharp rise in the number of women participating in the three (fully booked) modules on “What You Need to Know About Supervisory Boards – an A to Z”. This is clearly a result of the 30 percent women’s quota for supervisory boards, due to come into force in Germany in 2016.

    April 23: more than 80 interested schoolgirls attend the annual Girls‘ Day on the Frankfurt School campus, where they are given plenty of opportunities to explore the multifaceted world of business, finance and management.

  • May

    May 8: the spring graduation ceremony is held in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche, with 900 guests and speeches by Rainer Neske, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Foundation, and Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of Frankfurt.

    May 19: Frankfurt School’s International Advisory Services department organises a visit to the Frankfurt branch of GLS Bank for delegates from India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, best known for setting up and supporting the largest microfinance programme in the world.

  • June

    June 8 – conference for women entrepreneurs: Frankfurt School and Cosmopolitan invite women entrepreneurs to the Frankfurt School campus to explore the issues and challenges involved in starting a successful business.

    June 23: more than 50 guests gather for the first FS Alumni & Friends event to be held in Shanghai. The guest lecture is given by Professor Dr Horst Löchel, Professor of Economics and MBA Programme Director at Frankfurt School.

    June 24: laying the foundation stone of the new campus. From left to right: Professor Louis Becker, Principal Partner and Design Director at Henning Larsen Architects; Wolfgang Kirsch, CEO of DZ Bank AG and member of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Foundation’s Board of Trustees; Professor Dr Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School; Frankfurt City Councillor Markus Frank, Chair of the Business Affairs, Sports, Safety and Fire Service committees.

    efiport develops a Campus and Learning Management (CLM) system for trainees at apoBank. Following the decision to adopt “intelligent responsive design”, the online campus can be accessed from more or less any computer or mobile device.

    June 9: Frankfurt School certifies the training course for trainers set up by DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale, and the first generation of DekaBank sales trainers are awarded their training certificates after completing six modules and a final audit.

    June 9 – Diversity Day in Germany: at Frankfurt School, International Day is now a well-established tradition. International students on degree courses at Frankfurt School, or spending a semester there on exchange programmes, present culinary highlights from their home countries.

    June 8-13: once again, Frankfurt School holds the Certified Fraud Investigator International course for Deutsche Telekom AG on campus. Upon successful completion of the course, participants are awarded a certificate issued jointly by Deutsche Telekom and Frankfurt School.

    In June 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) awards Frankfurt School a technical assistance project worth five million US Dollars, with the aim of building MSME finance capacity in the Jordanian banking sector. By the end of the year, Frankfurt School has completed a comprehensive study of market demand and supply, and started providing consulting services to two prestigious commercial banks in Jordan.

  • July

    July 17-18: at the first conference for educators in Executive Education, around 110 participants share and discuss ideas while attending workshops and presentations on the Frankfurt School campus, further strengthening their relationships with their counterparts at the business school.

    In July, Frankfurt School is awarded full System Accreditation by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) for a six-year period. The award is an important seal of approval for the business school’s in-house quality assurance system, as well as the overall quality of the academic programmes. At a celebratory event in December, Daisuke Motoki, Managing Director of FIBAA, presents the certificate in person to Frankfurt School President Professor Dr Udo Steffens.

    In July, the new mobile website for efiport AG goes live, highlighting the company’s steady growth. The new website is more colourful, boasts a clear, easily extensible structure, and is optimised for any type of display.

    July 5-10: Frankfurt School hosts the annual Micro & SME Banking Summer Academy for the sixteenth time, welcoming more than 80 participants from over 30 different countries.

  • August

    August 3-7: during the newly restructured orientation week for Commerzbank trainees, 360 new recruits are put through an induction course at six separate German locations. The participants make a film explaining the appraisal process, and the training course details are updated in real time on a live wiki. Trainees are also given plenty of opportunity to get to know one another.

    August 3-7: Silke Mueffelman and Dr Barbara Drexler deliver a training course entitled “Access to financial services for the MSME sector” to members of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI).

    August 27-28: orientation week for guest students from abroad who are about to spend one or two semesters studying at Frankfurt School. At the start of the 2015/2016 academic year, over 90 exchange students – a record number – embarked on courses of study at Frankfurt School.

    August 28: Frankfurt School starts the 2015/16 academic year in style, welcoming a record number of first-year students to the campus, including 265 students on Bachelor programmes, 339 students on Master programmes, and 258 international students. With 47 students, the Executive MBA is more popular and international and attracts a larger proportion of women students than ever before. The full-time Frankfurt MBA enters its second year, with 45 first-year students from more than 20 countries.

  • September

    The Executive Master in Finance & Risk Management (EMFRR) programme enters its sixth year. A total of 10 students – all experienced risk managers – embark on the latest iteration of the degree course, seven of them supported by scholarships from the Frankfurt Institute of Risk Management and Regulation (FIRM).

    September 4: for the first time, Frankfurt School offers a Bachelor of Arts in Finance & Management degree course. A total of 223 students embark on the new programme at the business school’s study centres in Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich.

    September 3: in the Audimax on the new campus, 200 guests attend a guest lecture by former German Minister of the Environment Jürgen Trittin, which is followed by a discussion with Silvia Kreibiehl, Head of the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance.

    September 25-26: at the very first Homecoming event organised on the Frankfurt School campus, all graduates who have ever passed through the business school’s doors are able to brush up their specialist knowledge, celebrate, meet old friends and make new ones.

    In September, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) appoints Frankfurt School’s IAS department to provide technical assistance to Azerbaijani banks under the terms of the Azerbaijan Agricultural Finance Facility. Dr Christophe Cordonnier and Erdal Kocoglu host the kick-off workshop.

  • October

    October 1-2: Professor Dr Myriam Bechtoldt, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Frankfurt School, holds a two-day seminar on “Female Leadership” at the Université Protestante au Congo (UPC) in Kinshasa (DR Congo).

    October 7: Frankfurt School Verlag hosts the ninth annual M&A and Private Equity conference, with presentations by leading representatives of Bayer AG, the Otto Group, Goldman Sachs, Rothschild, and the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK).

    October 16: the “Wissenschaftsrat”, or German Science Council, issues the results of their doctoral programme accreditation assessment, recommending that Frankfurt School’s entitlement to confer doctorates (PhDs) should be extended for another five years – the maximum accreditation period. In September 2015, eight new doctoral students start at Frankfurt School.

    October 19: for the first time, Frankfurt School’s Executive MBA programme is listed in the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking of the world’s 100 best business schools – one of the most highly respected sources of information on business education. The Frankfurt School EMBA is ranked 93rd in the world and 36th in Europe.

    October 25-28: AACSB International holds their Europe, Middle East and Africa Annual Conference on the Frankfurt School campus, attended by around 200 business-school deans, presidents and faculty members.

    October 19-21: in a series of dedicated seminars for educators, 30 teachers from all over Germany take part in lectures and workshops covering topics such as Big Data, European economic relations and microfinance.

    October 26: Frankfurt School successfully completes three technical assistance projects for microcredit deposit-taking organisation (MDO) IMON International, by far the largest microfinance institution in Tajikistan.

    In October, Frankfurt School launches an innovative online tool called Business Lens, aimed specifically at women entrepreneurs, as part of the Women in Business Programme organised by EBRD. It enables women-led SMEs to better understand their business operations.

  • November

    November 4: Frankfurt School hosts the third PRME (Principles for Responsible Education Management Education) Chapter Meeting for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The UN initiative is intended to encourage social responsibility at business schools.

    November 11: full house at the Hamburg study centre as the sixth annual Next-Generation Financial Services Providers conference organised by Frankfurt School Verlag introduces the very latest developments in the FinTech space.

    November 12: Ulrik Nehammer, CEO of Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG, and Jörg Blunder, Organizational Culture and Capabilities Director at Coca-Cola, introduce the company’s digitisation strategy at a presentation on the Frankfurt School campus.

    November 17: Dr Markus Miele, Managing Director of Miele & Cie. KG, gives some 150 students, alumni and Friends of Frankfurt School a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of one of Germany’s best known family businesses.

    November 17: together with consortium partners the Microfinance Centre (MFC) and the European Microfinance Network (EMN), Frankfurt School organises four workshops for European Microfinance Week 2015 in Luxembourg.

    November 26: Bernd Wahler, President of VfB Stuttgart, addresses more than 150 guests at an FS Alumni & Friends event in Stuttgart.

    November 26-27: 40 Frankfurt School employees from over 20 different locations attend the annual Education Management meeting, held on the new campus for the first time. As well as discussing a variety of organisational and strategic topics, the event includes a workshop on motivation profiles led by an external trainer.

  • December

    December 3: Professor Dr Ulf Moslener (third from left), Professor of Sustainable Energy Finance and Research Director of the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance at Frankfurt School, takes part in a panel discussion alongside the COP 21 climate-change summit in Paris, debating the issues involved in scaling up private investment in climate adaptation projects with his fellow panel members.

    efiport AG develops the first Agile Project Management e-learning programme based on responsive design principles. The new product is a mixed-media concept based on audio recordings, videos and web-based training courses.

    Together with the architects at Henning Larsen, the new building project management team decides on the colours for the ceramic façade of the new Frankfurt School campus: three different shades of reddish brown which Maastricht-based specialist Mosa is now creating especially for Frankfurt School.

    December 10: Frankfurt School sells the existing campus building at Sonnemannstrasse 9-11 to ASB, the Workers’ Samaritan Federation (Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, Landesverband Hessen. e.V.). From left to right: Karolina Kristic, Head of Finance & Administration at Frankfurt School; Professor Dr Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School; Jörg Gonnermann, ASB Regional Manager for the Hesse region; Ludwig Frölich, First Chairman of ASB Hessen e.V.; Dr Heike Brost, Head of Programme Design & Development at Frankfurt School.

    In December, Frankfurt School successfully concludes the third phase of EBRD’s Turkey MSME Lending Programme. The programme aims to facilitate access to finance for Turkish MSMEs by providing opportunities for partner banks to increase their lending to MSMEs operating in less economically developed regions.