A Festive Send-Off for Our Graduates!

  A Festive Send-Off for the School's Graduates on November 17, 2018! Copyright: Ute Haupts

Selected photographs taken at the School's impressive Graduation Ceremony in 2018

  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'). 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.