On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, ten new students started the the Doctoral Programme and the Master of Business Research & Analytics at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management with an orientation day. They are pursuing concentrations in finance, management and accounting. The international group sports students from China, Croatia, Germany, Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago as well as Turkey.
Professor Dr Günter Strobl, BHF Bank Professor for Finance and academic director of the two programmes at Frankfurt School, together with programme director Claudia Bieber and study advisor Magdalena Gehring, welcomed everyone at Frankfurt School. The students also learnt more about their schedules and the requirements they have to meet during the next semesters. Afterwards they had lunch with their student mentors, the "buddies".
Within the buddy programme, each newcomer is appointed an experienced student to help them settle in quickly. “The buddy program is a great opportunity for me to introduce Frankfurt School and in particular the Management Department to my buddy. I will help her to overcome the hurdles of the first days and she gets support right off the start of her doctoral programme”, said Friedrich Holotiuk, who is in his second year of the programme. His buddy Feibai Zhu-Schütz is grateful for the support: “We all know how it feels as a new student. On the first days, there is just a lot to learn about how things work in the new school, not only the ‘important’ things such as how to print and where to park your bike, but also the softer parts such as office norms and the habits of the team.”
Later on, the new students took a tour around Frankfurt School’s new campus with project director Klaus Ringsleben to get to know their future work place. The business school will move to the new building in 2017. At a BBQ in the evening, the doctoral students, members of the faculty and alumni met for an informal get-together.