On Monday, March 20, 2017, the Frankfurt School alumni community in New York City gathered to meet with Dr Heike Brost, member of the FS Executive Board and Head of FS Degree Programmes & Executive Education, and Dr Elisa Antz, Head of Student, Career & Alumni Services. Most of the alumni already knew each other from previous FS alumni meetings and had plenty of topics to pick up. One of these included the FS mentoring programme, since the FS NYC alumni Karsten Schmitz and Sebastian Lutz are engaged in a transatlantic tandem. As Karsten, first alumni mentor from abroad, pointed out: “Of course we have to use skype instead of real meetings, but I still think it’s a great experience – for both of us. It is great for me as a mentor to hear what’s going in Frankfurt and to learn more about a student’s perspective. A lot has changed since I got my degree.”
The biggest change at Frankfurt School, the new campus, was another major topic. Alumnus Oliver Bader is already planning his trip to Frankfurt in September to join the FS Class of 1997 Reunion at the new campus. Together with another FS NYC alumnus, Andy Hamer, he has already sponsored several ‘Deutschlandstipendien’ – scholarships for FS students – thus showing the great FS alumni spirit which pushes Frankfurt School forward in its success story.
Of course, it takes some time and stimuli to generate this spirit. That’s why Frankfurt School encourages and invites FS alumni around the world to meet and keep in touch. And according to FS NYC alumnus and former FS lecturer Thomas Stephan, it’s worthwhile: “Great Event and get together! The right format to promote the brand FS!” If you are an alumna or alumnus living abroad, please get in touch so we can inform you about upcoming activities.