A Festive Send-Off for Our Graduates!

  Prof. Letmathe greeting the graduate celebration 2019 Copyright: © Ute Haupts

In the 12 months following the last Graduation Ceremony, about 300 students have gained either a Doctoral, a Master's, or a Bachelor's degree with the School of Business and Economics. Many of these students attended the Graduation Ceremony on November 9, 2019, where they were personally congratulated by the Dean of the School, Prof. Letmathe, und the Dean of Studies, Prof. von Nitzsch.

The evening event, which was hosted by the Dean of the School, Prof. Dr. Peter Letmathe, was musically introduced and accompanied by the salon orchestra "ACHSO!”. In Professor Letmathe's welcome speech, special thanks were also given to the sponsors of the School.

Laura Voigt and Maximilian Himmler from the School's student representative body - Fachschaft - spoke on behalf of the graduates and took a look back at special events and experiences that had taken place during their studies at RWTH Aachen University.

  Herr Himmler und Herr Utrecht bei der Lehrpreisvergabe 2019 Copyright: © Ute Haupts

As in previous years, the School's Award for Teaching was presented by the Student Representative Body ('Fachschaft'). The prize is awarded in two categories: academic staff members and professors.

In the first category, this year's award winner is Dr. Garnet Kasperk. The prize in the second category was awarded to Prof. Oliver Lorz.

The Dean of Studies, Prof. von Nitzsch, emphasized the great importance attached to 'good teaching' by the School and the University. Two members of the 'Fachschaft' - Mr. Maximilian Himmler and Mr. Nils Utecht - told the audience why specifically Mrs. Kasperk and Prof. Lorz had been nominated for the awards:

  Frau Dr. Kasperk bei der Lehrpreisvergabe Copyright: © Ute Haupts

Dr. Garnet Kasperk is the Director of the Center for International Automobile Management (CIAM). For over 10 years, her research has focused on the strategies of the automotive and energy industries.

Especially in the context of her lecture "International Automobile Management" and the project modules "Innovative Business Model in Mobility" and "Strategies in the Field of Electromobility" in the Master's program Business Administration and Industrial Engineering she came into contact with numerous students.

  Würdigung der Lehrleistung von Prof. Lorz Copyright: © Ute Haupts

Prof. Dr. Oliver Lorz has been head of the Department of International Economic Relations at RWTH Aachen University since 2004 and has been able to establish broad contact with students in the bachelor's programme of business studies, particularly through his modules "Microeconomics II" and "The Global Economy: Trade and Investment".

The fact that the teaching concepts of Dr. Kasperk and Prof. Dr. Lorz always leave a positive impression on the students is shown, among other things, by the fact that they are at the top of the surveys. Both are undoubtedly an enrichment for the School of Business and Economics and will certainly continue to offer students interesting and attractive lectures in the future.

  Überreichung der Urkunden Absolventenfeier 2019 Copyright: © Ute Haupts

A further highlight of the evening was the honoring of the best students of the year by Mr. Wolfgang Mainz, Chairperson of the Förderverein Wirtschaftswissenschaften Association. One doctoral graduate, two graduates of the Bachelor of Business Administration program of study and two graduates of the Master of Business Administration program were awarded prizes.

The final highlight - and the one which most of the guests had been eagerly awaiting - was when each graduate was called onto the stage individually to accept her or his degree certificate and to be congratulated by Prof. Letmathe and Prof. von Nitzsch.

 

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Rede von Tilkes Copyright: © Ute Haupts

In the 12 months following the last Graduation Ceremony, 400 students have gained either a Doctoral, a Master's, or a Bachelor's degree with the School of Business and Economics. Many of these students attended the Graduation Ceremony on November 17, 2018, where they were personally congratulated by the Dean of the School, Prof. Letmathe, und the Dean of Studies, Prof. von Nitzsch.

At the beginning of the Ceremony, which was hosted by the Dean of the School, Prof. Dr. Peter Letmathe, Ms. Rebecca Tilkes (a Master's graduate in Business Administration) spoke on stage on behalf of her peers. She took a look back at her time in Aachen and her experiences with the School of Business and Economics. Changes which people are confronted with spur them on to success, and new challenges definitely had a positive effect on Ms. Tilkes' life and the lives of her fellow students!

  Lehrpreisträger Copyright: © Ute Haupts

As in previous years, the School's Award for Teaching was presented by the Student Representative Body ('Fachschaft') in 2018. The prize is awarded in two categories: academic staff members and professors.

In the first category, this year's award winner is Mr. Morten Endrikat. The prize in the second category was awarded toProf. Daniel Wentzel.

The Dean of Studies, Prof. von Nitzsch, emphasized the great importance attached to 'good teaching' by the School and the University. Two members of the 'Fachschaft' - Mr. Max Wroblewski and Mr. Nils Utecht - told the audience why specifically Mr. Endrikat and Prof. Wentzel had been nominated for the awards:

  Lehrpreis Endrikat Copyright: © Ute Haupts

Morten Endrikat has been an academic member of staff with the International Economics Unit since 2014. Students of the School have got to know him through his teaching activities in "Microeconomics II" (Bachelor's program) and "Advanced International Trade"(Master's program).

Mr. Endrikat is always readily available to students for consultation, and he takes a lot of time in providing detailed feedback to his students. It is precisely this engagement that gives students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of different topics and ultimately to understand how grades are allocated. Students are also able to improve their academic performance through the constructive feedback. Mr. Endrikat's affinity with his students is conducive to an enjoyable and positive learning atmosphere, which is appreciated by all of his students, who are full of praise for his teaching.

  Wentzel Rede Copyright: © Ute Haupts

Although Prof. Dr. Daniel Wentzel has only been with the School since 2011, he has established a broad contact with the School's students. Particularly his course "Absatz und Beschaffung" (Bachelor's program in Business Administration) and the courses "Consumer Behavior" and "Principles of Innovation" (Master's program) have enabled a great many students to get well acquainted with his teaching. That Prof. Wentzel's teaching concept always has a positive impact on students is illustrated amongst other things by his being ranked yet again - as in previous years - among the top of the student surveys.

Prof. Wentzel's teaching approach incorporates a good deal of Blended Learning methods, generating a positive learning atsmosphere for his students and thus leading to an optimal learning environment for them. Moreover, he makes good use of his contacts in business and industry by inviting them to give presentations to his students. Thus, his specific teaching approach has an "added value" to it which goes far beyond the usual extent of a lecture.

Both Mr. Endrikat and Prof. Dr. Daniel Wentzel are most definitely a great asset to the School of Business and Economics and will continue to offer our students interesting and attractive teaching in the future.

  Rede Herr Mainz Copyright: © Ute Haupts

A further highlight of the evening was the honoring of the best students of the year by Mr. Wolfgang Mainz, Chairperson of the Förderverein Wirtschaftswissenschaften Association.

RWTH Aachen University's salon orchestra, "ACHSO!", again kindly provided the evening's musical accompaniment.

 

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Since our last graduation ceremony a year ago, 304 of our students have gained either a Doctoral degree, a Bachelor's degree, or a Master's degree. Most of them were able to attend the School's own graduation ceremony on November 5, where they personally received their degree certificates and were congratulated by the Dean of the School, Prof. Kittsteiner and the Dean of Studies, Prof. Reimers.

  Graduate Tobias Scheurer Gave this Year's "Student Speech" Copyright: © Foto: Martin Lux Graduate Tobias Scheurer Gave this Year's "Student Speech"

The ceremony - which was presented by Prof. Thomas Kittsteiner, Dean of the School of Business and Economics - began with a speech by Mr. Tobias Scheurer, who has recently gained his Master's degree in Business Administration. Mr. Scheurer shared with the other guests a refreshing review of his and his fellow students' studies at RWTH Aachen University.

The School's Teaching Award was also presented at this year's Graduation Ceremony in the two categories "Professorial Staff" and "Further Teaching Staff".

  Presentation of the School's Teaching Award. Left to right: Dean of Studies Prof. Kai Reimers, Prof. Daniel Wentzel, Julia Bogacki, Karim Garri, Leona Brust Copyright: © Martin Lux Presentation of the School's Teaching Award. Left to right: Dean of Studies Prof. Kai Reimers, Prof. Daniel Wentzel, Julia Bogacki, Karim Garri, Leona Brust

Winners of the award are pre-selected on the basis of student evaluations of the School's courses (EvaSys). Following on from this basis, the School's representative body "Fachschaft" make their final selection.

The prize in the category "Further Teaching Staff" went to Mr. Morten Endrikat and in the category "Professorial Staff" to Prof. Marco Lübbecke. In his laudatio, Dean of Studies Prof. Kai Reimers underscored the importance of "good teaching" for the School and the University. Three members of the "Fachschaft" - Ms. Lisa Zoller, Ms. Julia Rennau, and Mr. Marcel Koch - elucidated the reasons for the respective choice of winners.

With regard to prize winner Mr. Endrikat, his excellent teaching makes contents clearly understandable and accessible for the students. He always succeeds in integrating his students actively into the teaching and learning process. Students agree that it is always easy to contact Mr. Endrikat and that he will always take the time to respond in full to any questions they might have. He can make even the most complex topic more simple and more easily accessible for students by his effective use of examples. He always successfully adapts his teaching pace to the current situation in class, and facilitates student learning by going over learning contents again as appropriate. With regard to students' written theses, Mr. Endrikat provides intensive and communicative guidance.

In the students' view, Prof. Lübbecke's course "Quantitative Methods - An Introduction to Operations Research" kits them out very effectively for any challenges in their future professional careers. Prof. Lübbecke's quotation from the first lecture of the semester, "Tomorrow's decision makers have no fear of mathematics" sums up the approach of the entire course. He introduces mathematic models and methods by using relevant real-life examples, such as lecture-hall planning or traffic flows, thus providing his students with the necessary tools for making sound decisions. His students are highly aware of Prof. Lübbecke's passion for his field of teaching and research. It is his intention to awaken or to maintain students' enthusiasm for mathematics, and he does so very effectively! Students of RWTH Aachen University who take this course have a definitive competitive edge over students from other universities - an outcome of Prof. Lübbecke's excellent teaching.

A further highlight of the evening was the presenting of the prize for outstanding graduate achievements, donated by the Association of Friends and Supporters of the School of Business and Economics at RWTH Aachen (Förderverein Wirtschaftswissenschaften). One graduate of the Bachelor of Business Administration program of study, two graduates of the Master of Business Administration program, two graduates of the Master of Management, Business and Economics program, and one doctoral graduate were awarded prizes. The final highlight - and the one which most of the guests had been eagerly awaiting - was when each graduate was called onto the stage individually to accept her or his degree certificate and to be congratulated by Prof. Kittsteiner and Prof. Reimers.

The evening's musical entertainment was kindly provided by the salon orchestra of RWTH Aachen University - "ACHSO!".