On Thursday, October 4, 2018, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management welcomed its new MBA students. With 163 students there have never been more women and men in one year who aim to graduate from the business school with an MBA. 47 candidates participate in the full-time Frankfurt MBA and 40 study the programme part-time. 42 students start the Executive MBA. Furthermore, 39 students start the MBA in International Healthcare Management. More than a third of the new intake is female and over two third are international students.
Professor Dr Nils Stieglitz, President of Frankfurt School, welcomed the attendees on behalf of the institution. He thanked the new students for choosing one of the leading business schools in Germany and highlighted three aspects Frankfurt School stands for. “Our Frankfurt School can be characterised by three components – impact, science and excellence. Frankfurt School has a huge impact on you – our education as well as the people you meet here will affect your professional and personal life. Science is more important than ever – technologies such as artificial intelligence bring change and disruption – we want to prepare you for that. Frankfurt School´s excellence aims to inspire you to find out things you have not known before”, emphasised Professor Stieglitz.
Following, Susan Sahl Poynor, Managing Director at AVS Automotive and EMBA alumna, talked about her experience at Frankfurt School. “As a proud FS alumna I can admit that this school teaches its students up-to-date knowledge and specific skills. Also, it supports your personal growth. We all had to step out of our personal comfort zone. FS provides intensive lectures with endless presentations in front of many people – it helped us for our careers as well as our personal life”, said the former FS student. Moreover, she emphasised that it is possible to successfully graduated from school while having a job and a family – even with small children. “Often people do not realise what they are capable of. In my view, it is possible to manage a successful career as well as having a family. You have to work for it and you need good people around you”, she concluded.
Andreas Krinninger, Chief Executive and Financial Officer at Linde Material Handling GmbH, was official guest speaker. He expressed his congratulations to the new Frankfurt School students. “You have already achieved a lot – otherwise you would not be here today. With gaining an MBA from Frankfurt School you aim to get even more management tasks. We are currently living in turbulent but exciting times – new technologies change the environment of work. To successfully challenge disruption and change you have to be curios – in addition to hard work”, explained Andreas Krinninger. Curiosity creates new chanes as well as luck – the speaker said.
In his welcome note, Dr Markus Maedler, Head of MBA Programmes at Frankfurt School, emphasised that studying an MBA at FS brings a lot of challenges. “We have a spirit of challenge at our business school. During your time here, you will discover a lot of new potential – on a professional and personal level”, he said.
Finally, the MBA opening ended with a reception in the foyer of Frankfurt School. While having snacks and drinks the new students could network with each other as well meet FS staff.