A large reunion celebration for alumni was held last weekend at the HFU Business School at Furtwangen University. For the premiere of the "Alumni Homecoming Weekend", former students from all over the world met up on the Schwenningen campus.
The meeting was organised in close cooperation between the HFU Business School and the IBAA e.V., the faculty alumni association. More than 2000 former students are connected worldwide in the "HFU Business Network". Since its founding in 1995, the HFU Business School at Furtwangen University has established itself in the global education market with its top-ranked, international business degree programmes. In line with the international orientation of the degree programme, graduates often focus on careers with companies active both in Germany and abroad.
So, it came as no surprise that the graduates arrived in large numbers from Germany and from abroad for the homecoming event – one former student even came from Shanghai to celebrate the grand reunion. The event focused on the graduating classes of 2003, 2008 and 2013 who were celebrating their 10th, 15th and 20th anniversaries respectively.
Besides alumni, lecturers, professors and members of the student council – both past and present – attended the festive occasion.
As the new Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Dr. Armin Trost acknowledged the contribution of each and every individual in his address and emphasised the special role of HFU Business School as a guarantor of internationality in Villingen-Schwenningen.
Nikola Hale, a long-time professor at the HFU Business School, gave an emotional speech about the highlights of her many years of teaching and the many formative experiences she was able to share with students and graduates present. The series of talks was rounded off with a short insight into the modern teaching content of current study programmes by Professors Frank Kramer on the subject of sustainability and Paul Taylor on wine science and wine marketing.
The highlight of the big reunion celebration was the festive alumni dinner, held on Saturday evening on the Schwenningen Campus. This was followed by music and dancing. The emotional alumni celebration provided the perfect setting for lively conversations, the exchange of happy memories and the delight of maintaining and deepening old and new contacts.