HHL Gladly Welcomes Even More Outstanding International and Female Students
“I chose HHL for my studies due to its excellent reputation, good Career Service and entrepreneurial focus,” says Bingxi Li. The 22-year-old student from China, who previously completed a Bachelor’s program at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA, will start her Master in Management program (M.Sc.) at Germany’s first business school this Monday (September 5, 2016) Together with Bingxi Li, 187 students from 39 countries will be enrolled in HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management’s matriculation book during a celebratory event. Over the next couple of months, they will complete a full or part-time Master in Management program, a full-time MBA or a doctoral program at Germany’s leading entrepreneurial university.
Jozsef Bugovics, Member of the Board of Quarton International AG, called on the new HHL students, “Starting your studies today, you are in the luxurious situation of being able to dedicate all of your time to your personal, intellectual and international development.” According to Jozsef Bugovics, who also serves as Vice-Chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees, the new students at HHL think and act more internationally. “Just look around – your potential clients from all over the world are sitting right next to you. So you don’t even have to travel there. Use these multifaceted contacts, open yourselves up and learn from each other. You might never experience such an intense learning situation again.” In this context, the keynote speaker also referred to the preconditions of successful business operations, which are molded by an education at HHL with its canon of values, economic and business ethics as well as the imparting of responsible leadership principles for the economy and society.
Increase of quality and student number in the MBA program
HHL Dean Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart greeted the new HHLers, saying, “You made the right choice as you will be studying at an excellent institution of higher education which bases its mission on excellent instruction and high-quality research. Since 2011, our innovate125 strategy has paved the way for qualitative growth with a larger and more international faculty, excellent research, additional programs, more students and strong global networks.” With over 650 students presently enrolled at HHL, an important sub-goal of the HHL Future Concept is exceeded on today’s immatriculation day, according to the Prof. Dr. Pinkwart. The Dean is particularly glad about the simultaneous ongoing increase in quality and student numbers in the international full-time MBA program. With participants from 22 nations and the number of female students doubling compared to the previous year, the school was able to increase the diversity of the program significantly. “Thanks to our new HHLers’ outstanding GMAT results and well-founded professional experience, this class will continue to raise the bar in the MBA program,” the HHL Dean is convinced, adding, “The MBA is developing into another flagship program for HHL in addition to the full-time M.Sc. in Management and shows that Germany continues to catch up internationally in the MBA field.” He emphasized the development of the part-time Master in Management program (M.Sc.) in Leipzig and Cologne, commenting, “Deutsche Bahn, BASF, Porsche, IBM, Deutsche Telekom, Gesundheitsforen Leipzig – international and regional companies successfully collaborate with HHL in training their junior executives.” Looking at the 56 new exchange students from 23 countries, Prof. Dr. Pinkwart said, “The large number of exchange students at Germany’s first business school underlines our internationalization strategy. All full-time M.Sc. students spend a term abroad at one of our over 130 partner universities on five continents while full-time MBA and part-time M.Sc. students may integrate this as an option into their curriculum.”
Tipping the scales for HHL: rankings, recommendations and the connection of theory and practice
When asked why they chose to complete a Master’s program at Germany’s first business school, 22-year-old Andreea-Silvana Gagu comments, “As an exchange student from the University of Bucharest I chose HHL because of its good results in the relevant rankings. Moreover, the business school was recommended to me by friends who had already studied in Germany. To me, the close connection between theory and practice at HHL is important. And there are so many things to discover off campus as well. I particularly enjoy the fact that there is so much cycling in Leipzig.”
Welcome Event on Thursday to focus on sustainability and responsibility
Part of the first week at HHL is always a day which is specifically dedicated to the fields of responsibility and sustainability, organized in cooperation with industry partners. This year’s event will focus on a topic of high societal and economic relevance: responsible conduct in the economy with a focus on sustainable development goals (SDGs). This part of the Welcome Event is organized by the Dr. Werner Jackstädt Chair of Economic and Business Ethics. The new HHL students will obtain insight into the opportunities and challenges of implementing SDGs through topical lectures given by representatives from Bertelsmann Stiftung and Econsense, the Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business. In the afternoon, the students will work in groups to examine various questions relating to SDGs. The event is kindly sponsored by Bertelsmann Stiftung.