After 25 years, Professor Dr. Paul Taylor has given his last official lecture as a professor at the HFU Business School at Furtwangen University (HFU). At a large farewell event, Professor Taylor was greeted by a large number of guests, including students, colleagues, alumni, family and friends. They all wanted to experience the last lecture, which was introduced by a performance of the Big Band, which consists of members of the local universities and was co-founded by Paul Taylor.
Prof. Dr. Armin Trost, Dean of the HFU Business School, welcomed the audience in the packed lecture hall with a short speech of humorous anecdotes about Paul Taylor and thanked him for his special services. During his time at HFU, Taylor decisively steered the location towards internationalisation. Prof. Dr. Paul Taylor then took the floor himself and led the guests through his life story in his last lecture. He embarked on an international path early on and with his focus on international marketing and languages, he played a decisive role in shaping the direction of the Business School. In his 25 years at HFU, Taylor gave around 18,000 lecture hours and supervised numerous theses.
In his emotional farewell speech, Prof. Taylor emphasised his joy over the past years – "It was a great time, and I am proud of my students and alumni." The event ended with a standing ovation as a sign of recognition for an outstanding educator and inspiring personality.
About Professor Taylor:
After studying in his home country of Great Britain, Paul Taylor's academic path eventually led him to Furtwangen University via a professorship in Münster. At the Business School, he was instrumental in designing the "Bachelor of Business Administration" course, which was taught in English at HFU in the mid-1990s, the only course of its kind in Germany.