“Whatever the future brings, learn to shape it”
On this bright, sunny day, around 350 participants found their way to the EBS Campus in Oestrich-Winkel. Students and staff of the university showed great commitment in providing all those young people interested in studying at the EBS, and their parents, with advice and assistance. Because who better to learn all about studying at the EBS from than the students themselves? In addition to introductory lectures, the EBS community provided tours of the Campus and talked to the visitors at the coffee and cake stands. In this way, the visitors got a first impression of the famous “EBS Spirit”. But what exactly is the EBS Spirit?
The University management team welcomed the guests during the introductory session in the Leisler-Kiep-Center and explained this familiar expression, known to all at the EBS. President Prof. Markus Ogorek explained that the small groups and the close relationship between the teaching staff and the students at the EBS have been instrumental in creating a very special bond, or team spirit. “When you are part of this community, which is also a community of values, then you feel the EBS Spirit”, says the legal specialist, who himself teaches at the EBS. Prof. Julia Sander, EBS’ new Managing Director and Chancellor, added: “In addition to the close support our students are given, our unique selling point is our network. From the very beginning, the students have access to top-level contacts in the business world. For example, in our new onboarding project, in which they work closely with a company on a real issue concerning that company”.
But what exactly does this mean? Alumnus Peter Holzer elaborated on this in his presentation. When he saw the EBS for the first time in 1999, he “immediately fell in love with the University”. Immediately after his studies he went into business for himself. He says that the large number of contacts to the business world and to other alumni had helped him enormously when he founded a finance fund for SMEs. “The EBS is a springboard, however you have to jump onto it yourself and seize the opportunities!” says today’s consultant and executive coach. Again and again he emphasizes that following your own passion is the most important way to lead a self-determined life.
The Open Day offered many opportunities to make an informed decision about the first step on the way to a career. The keynote speeches with chosen alumni, including for example Alexander Graf von Matuschka, and a workshop on the topic of online marketing with Google Germany, gave impulses to take that first step and to apply for a degree course in law or business administration.