Herzlich willkommen an der HHL Leipzig. Genießen Sie das Leben – auf besondere HHL-Art! “Hearty Welcome to HHL Leipzig… Have a beautiful life, the HHL way”


It was the evening of Sep 8th 2014, when I got a long distance call from my wife asking “how was your day?” Well, it may seem that there is nothing unusual about this question; however, in my case, things were slightly different. First, I never give my wife an opportunity to call me long distance 🙂 and second, this was just not a new day, but the beginning of a whole new chapter in my life…

Flashback to the morning of Sep 8th 2014 – it was the first day of school for me and several others who were part of this year’s full-time MBA class at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. The Student Affairs and Program Management at HHL had efficiently organized certain key events on this day, and I didn’t want to be seen arriving late for any of those 🙂

Dressed in a smart black business suit, nervous and excited at the same time (maybe it was the tie choking the life out of me), I reached the HHL campus right on time to complete the registration formalities. The Student Affairs team completed them in no time, and soon, I joined my MBA Class (M15) for the “Program Introduction” by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schwetzler, who provided key inputs on HHL and the program structure. Everyone really enjoyed this session and were visibly motivated to embark on this new journey. The M15 class then introduced themselves, and I felt proud to be part of this highly experienced and diverse class of people coming from 14 nations. I am sure there will be lot more stories to share once we get to know each other better. The session was followed by a campus tour and lunch.

After lunch, we gathered for the most awaited event of the day – the Enrolment Ceremony and Welcome Reception. We were joined by other new students from the MSc, Part-time MBA, and Exchange groups. There were a total of 214 new students from 36 countries for the fall 2014 term. The ceremony had a musical opening, followed by an inspiring welcome and speech by HHL Dean Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, who also spoke about HHL’s long term vision. The keynote speech was by Christian Strenger, the renowned corporate governance expert, followed by an address by our Chancellor, Dr. Alex Baisch. Then, each one of us signed the HHL Enrolment Register, creating a moment that will last in our memories for a long time. And as the saying goes, all good things finally end; however in our case, it ended really well with a welcome reception filled with Champagne and the opportunity to interact with such really great people. So, my first day was made quite memorable by HHL and I look forward to my time here…

Hold on, I almost forgot. Someone said “Smile”, and so we did…Enrollment-1