2016 Graduation at HHL: “See the Challenges of the Future as Opportunities”

2016 Graduation at HHL: “See the Challenges of the Future as Opportunities”

Great joy among 191 HHL students from 31 countries: Yesterday (Saturday, August 27, 2016), they celebrate the completion of their Master of Science, MBA or doctoral programs at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management by accepting their certificates and throwing their caps in the air. 

The festive ceremony started with an ecumenical service at Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church with a photo call following that.

As the certificates were finally handed out, HHL Dean Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart said, “We congratulate all graduates for successfully completing their courses at HHL. We are particularly proud of our graduates’ different personalities, their ideas and accomplishments with which they made significant contributions to the HHL community over the last few years.” Referring to the innovate125 HHL Future Concept, Prof. Dr. Pinkwart drew a positive balance on the work that has been done so far. “What was particularly important to us was the qualitative growth of HHL to be able to compete with the best German and European business schools on a sustainable basis. We managed to almost double the number of HHL faculty members over the last five years – solely through private sponsoring and raising of research funds from third parties. “The HHL Dean added, “At the same time, the number of students increased from 375 to 650. We also continued to expand our extensive network of international partner universities and added more outstanding schools, such as New York Stern University, to it.”

Keynote speech by former TUI Chairman Dr. Michael Frenzel

In his speech, Dr. Michael Frenzel, former Chairman of Preussag AG/TUI AG, congratulated the HHL students on their graduation. Pointing out the world’s unstable political and economic situation, the Leipzig-born manager raised the question, “Should you be unsettled by this? Absolutely not, I say.” The Manager of the Year 2000 continued, “On the one hand, your academic education provided you with the tools to actively launch, control and further the necessary changes. You have learned to handle figures and people. The aspects of the Leipzig Leadership Model, which will be presented to the public this upcoming December, taught you how to react to the challenges of globalization and digitalization. Thanks to HHL’s international orientation, you have also experienced live globalization in education.” Dr. Frenzel, who currently serves as the President of the Economic Forum of the Social-Democratic Party, offered the following piece of advice to the new alumni: “Do not shy away from radical responses to radical changes, see the challenges of the future as opportunities, do not be unsettled but follow your own path.”

Honors for 2000th graduate and awards for outstanding students

Almost 700 guests, among them the graduate’s families and friends, members of the Leipzig world of science, politics, business and society, the HHL Supervisory Board and Board of Trustees, partner organizations and friends and patrons of HHL as well as professors and members of staff of the school not only witnessed the certificates being handed out but also various prizes being awarded during the ceremony.

20 years after the school’s resumption of instruction, HHL welcomed its 2000th graduate, Kateryna Denysenko. The Cologne resident, who grew up in Leipzig, completed the part-time Master Program in Management (M.Sc.) in her chosen home town. HHL Dean Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart said, “Once again, this exemplary tribute shows that our alumni live HHL’s mission and its spirit as ambassadors to a high degree.”

MBA graduate Thilo Wallenstein was named the “2016 Schmalenbach Scholar”, an honor which comes with a monetary prize of EUR 500, for his excellent academic performance and his commitment to the students’ interests as well as his exemplary work during extracurricular activities.

The 2016 DAAD Prize for Best Foreign Student in Germany, which comes with EUR 1,000 in prize money, was awarded to Indian MBA student Sayantan Chattopadhyay, 43. In the presence of the Indian Ambassador to Germany, Mr. Gurjit Singh, Chattopadhyay says, “Low costs, a stable labor market and a very good cost-performance ratio make HHL a very attractive MBA school.”

The day ended just as festively as it had started. The great Graduation Ball at Haus Leipzig started at 6.30 pm.

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