Das 16. Symposium und die Mitgliederversammlung des Alumni-Clubs der University of Wales in Deutschland gem. e. V. hat am 27. April 2013 in Hamburg stattgefunden.
German Alumnis as Ambassadors of the University of Wales
Being addressed by the Vice Chancler, Prof. Medwin Hughes, at this year‘s graduation celebration, as ambassadors of the UoW might seem a bit exaggerated, although the German Alumni Club is quite active in maintaining a strong community of graduates.
On Saturday the 27th of April we had again an annual symposium at a top location in Hamburg, the five-star Hotel-Restaurant Louis C. Jacob on the river Elbe. The agenda was supposed to meet the expectations of our members. We had three prominent speakers on very interesting topics leading to lively discussions.
Prof. Dr. D. Haselbach, co-auther of the book „The breakdown of Culture“, presented his provocative thesis on the financing of cultural activities mainly with public money without sufficient rationality to spend it meaningfully. It was very insightful to learning how money is spend and partly wasted when it comes to cultural issues.
Dr. B. Miebach, head of CMC Corporate Management Consulting, spoke about „How computer change our enterprises“. It became clear that computer and new media are crucial success factors for any company. The workforce will even be more split up into those who handle only repetitive standard processes and those who are considered highly qualified knowledge workers. Additionally, the internet as well as social media provide a huge vista of new business models in view of e-commerce.
Prof. Dr. Th. Zacher, MBA-Alumni, covered the topic „Green Economy as political and economic Challenge“ and explained why it is one of the greatest challenges of our time to achieve sustainable developments with balanced ecosystems in the interest of all of us.
In the afternoon we had also an annual meeting of our members, where we dealt with general issues and kept us informed of latest developments/activities.
The day ended with a superb dinner and an excellent view on bypassing container ships. At an interval our colleague Hans-Georg Langholz told us how he managed to earn a Doctor degree of the University of Graz besides his professional activities.
The following week our German students were participating at the Graduation Celebration in Cardiff on the 2nd of May. They were impressed by the ceremonies surrounding this event and in particular that all of them were personally greeted by the Vice-Chancellor and as new graduates also welcomed into membership of the University‘s alumni organisation.
To end this most memoriable day in a happy way, the German Alumni Club invited all our students together with their accompanying partners to a celebration party at Henry‘s Cafe & Bar in the centre of Cardiff.
Helmuth Stahl, Alumni Officer, congratulated all of them for their achievements and wished them all the best for their future and, of course, hoping that many of them will become active members of our Alumni Club.
Both events were well organized thanks to Mrs. Mandy Scheibner and Mrs. Dorit Streitferdt from Allfinanz.
Article from Alumni Officer Helmuth Stahl, MBA (University of Wales)