From March 1 to 3, 2017, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management welcomed the Master of Finance Class of 2018 to the summer semester with the traditional off-site event in Luxembourg. The Luxembourg off-site is a three-day trip integrated into the compulsory “Responsible Management in Finance” module of the Master of Finance programme. It offers students an introduction to Luxembourg as a European financial centre. With alumni and students from the Bombay Stock Exchange programme joining the class, the trip was also designed to strengthen the team spirit among the different groups.
The off-site started with team building activities, where the students braved the volatile weather and took time to reflect on strategy and team games, which covered key themes such as ethics and team dynamics. In the evening, the students, together with professionals currently based in the city, attended a discussion on career opportunities in Luxembourg. Dr Julia Knobbe, Programme Director of the Master of Finance, moderated the diverse panel, bringing together the FS alumni Alexander Hummel, Economist Resolution at Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, Carsten Brodt, CEO of Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie S.A. Luxembourg, and Markus Wiering, Director and Partner, Client Relations at ValueInvest Asset Management S.A. - ValueInvest Asset Management S.A. as well as current Master of Finance student Jimin Qian, who is doing an internship in Luxembourg at the moment. Two recruiters from LRI Invest S.A. and DZ Privatbank S.A. completed the panel.
On the second day, students took part in another round of team exercises, as Professor Dr Hakan Lucius delivered a lecture on Sustainable Management in Finance. He focused on the impact of issues such as climate change on financial decision making. This was accompanied by a case study in the afternoon, and a final team coordination activity. In the evening, Nasir Zubairi of the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT), and Sasha Bremer, Market intelligence Advisor at Luxembourg for Finance delivered an engaging presentation on changing trends and the emergence of Luxembourg as a European Financial Technology hub. Afterwards students had the chance to network at an alumni event.
On Friday, students attended a corporate presentation at the European Investment Bank, where they learnt about the “Bank”, as a titan of sustainable development in Finance. Upon their return to Frankfurt the students joined the ‘KPM talks to Stefan Messer’ event held in the evening at the Audimax.