The keynote speaker and guest of honour for the evening, French political scientist and commentator Professor Dr Alfred Grosser, talked about the similarities and differences between Germany and France – especially those associated with the two countries’ educational systems. He finished with an appeal to the students, alumni and guests from the worlds of business, academia and politics attending the event: “Elites in Europe have a special responsibility – so please, engage with Europe, the cornerstone of our prosperity.” He also underlined how very important it is for students to take a critical, in-depth look at social and economic trends. In his view, well-educated people have a responsibility to help ensure that social inequalities are not further exacerbated.
Rainer Neske, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, shared his conviction that the new campus represents a milestone for the business school. “This is the right place to fulfil our vision of becoming one of the best business schools in Europe,” he said. In addition, he felt that the new campus, with its state-of-the-art facilities, would give students and researchers additional motivation to continue to produce top-level performance. In his view, the building sets a new standard for European business schools.