Mid-November, the Texas A&M Landscape Architects and Urban Planners traveled to Paris to visit the French capital.
With a mix of cultural and academic activities, the excursion was a great opportunity to explore the unique architecture of Paris as well as the eclectic cuisine and historic places such as the palace of Versailles and the Eiffel Tower.
This is what Dacota F. had to say about the Paris trip:
“Our trip to Paris was extremely exciting, and truly remarkable. Being such a historical city, I know my whole class have been looking forward to this trip all semester. The city was absolutely break taking as we all expected, however, the best part of the trip was the truly enthusiastic tour guide Julian. From the moment we stepped off of the train, he was informing us about everything there was to know about Paris. He was with us every step of the way, and truly encouraged us to ask him any questions we had. From the first day when we got to go venture through the different districts of Paris and truly understand that the city hasn't been changed much throughout its history. Julian even brought up interesting facts about how to tell if a building was built before the 50s or after. The small things of that nature truly made it an amazing experience for us to be able to take in all of the knowledge he was telling us. The palace of Versailles was truly an unbelievable site to see. The elegance of the gate itself was truly a statement, but then the gardens in the back were truly beautiful. Getting to have a picnic in one of the most beautiful places on earth, was an experience that I will never forget. Not to mention that we go to the Louvre was just another great thing we go to do. The whole trip was full of experiences and adventures that I will never forget my entire life. Every corner there was another story to be told and another lesson to be learned. Overall, I am so thankful that AIB made it possible to experience everything that we got to. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget, and a true blessing to be a part of! (:”
Auch in diesem Jahr lädt die Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB) wieder ein - zum 9. BONNER KURZFILMFEST.
Eine Auswahl der besten Dokumentarfilme ihrer FilmstudentInnen aus Los Angeles wird präsentiert. 24 Filme wurden produziert, aber nur die besten sechs Filme schaffen es am 14.12.2018 auf die große Leinwand des Rex-Kinos in Bonn-Endenich! Die Vorauswahl wird durch eine erfahrene Jury aus internationalen Filmexperten getroffen.
Die Karten sind kostenlos. Einlass nur bei Vorlegen einer Eintrittskarte in ausgedruckter Form ab 18:00 Uhr. Hier geht es zur Ticketreservierung!
Get ready to be inspired! LMU Film Students visit Leipzig for the DOK Festival
Last week our LMU Film Students traveled to Leipzig, Saxony’s biggest city, in order to be part of the annual DOK Leipzig Documentary & Animation Festival. After adjusting to the new surroundings and getting a feel for the beautiful city center, we had no problem finding our way around and especially to all the small and sometimes huge movie theaters.
The first day was a lot of sitting in the bus, almost crossing the entire width of Germany, followed by a very windy city tour and a traditional group dinner. The next two days the students were off doing what they love: watching films all day. There was something interesting to see for everyone, since DOK Leipzig is one of the biggest Film Festivals in Europe for documentary and animation films, screening 340 films from 57 countries.
Fortunately, we were able to support Beryl Magoko, our AIB production assistant, at the premiere of her new film “In Search…”, which is nominated for four different prizes and has already won the audience award. In addition, we got to meet Leena Pasanen, the festival president, and learned a lot about how a festival is run and how the films are selected.
LMU Film Student 2018 Ellis S. says, "Leipzig was one of the most unique excursions of AIB’s study abroad program. Within the week we were there, we were able to watch powerful documentaries that you wouldn’t be able to see every day, as well as absorb a lot of Leipzig’s culture. It’s a trip I’ll never forget”.
Conveniently, after being inspired by all the different phenomenal documentaries, the final day of our Leipzig excursion marked the starting point of the students’ own documentary film production. They headed off into the shooting days, gaining new experiences, making new friends, and coming back ready to edit away!
Bonn Capitals win German Baseball Championship
Last Friday, the city of Bonn held a reception for the Bonn Capitals at the Old City Hall to celebrate their successful season and the upcoming European Championship.
In mid-October, Bonn’s very own baseball team, the Bonn Capitals, won this year’s German National League Championship for the first time in the club’s history.
During the thrilling final games in the best-of-five-series, the Bonn Caps prevailed over last year’s champions, the Heidenheim Heidenköpfe, and ended their excellent season, in which they had won 40 games, with a bang!
The Bonn Capitals were founded in 1989 and are competing in the National League since 1995. Their stadium, located in Bonn’s biggest park – the Rheinaue – is a hotspot on the weekends for fun outdoor activities and great food (best burgers in town as we hear!). Baseball is one of the fastest growing sports in Germany and is getting more and more popular. Bonn is currently the state training center for Baseball, and pending the successful application of the ‘Rhein Ruhr City’ for the 2032 Olympic Games, might even become an official Olympic Training Center.
No surprise then that next year, the European Baseball Championship will be held in Bonn at the Caps’ stadium. To help with the preparations for this great event, the Capitals got some support from one of AIB’s summer programs.
In July, the Texas A&M University’s ‘Sport Business in Europe’ students helped with planning logistics, organizing volunteers, and scheduling the use of the baseball fields for the 12 teams during the Championship. Of course, they also played some ball themselves, enjoyed great food and overall had a great time supporting the Caps during their stay here! Check out the little excerpt from the Cap’s ‘GameDay Magazine’ where they thanked our students for their help! We would also like to extend our thanks for such a successful cooperation!
We look forward to another great joint project next year and hopefully a successful European Championship in Bonn!
But for now, congratulations to the Caps on such an outstanding season from AIB, the Texas A&M University ‘Sport Business in Europe’ students, and especially Paul J. Batista, the accompanying Professor from Texas A&M, who had sent out his Congrats as soon as the news reached him in Texas! (Picture credit title image: Capitals website - https://www.capitals.de/)
PC: Game Day Magazine - Ausgabe / Vol. 8 / 15.+16. Sept.
LMU BUSINESS, ARTS AND COMMUNICATION AND ENGINEERING STUDENTS VISIT BERLIN AND DRESDEN
At the end of October, the LMU Engineering and Business, Arts and Communication students also had the chance of visiting the east of Germany and the cities of Berlin and Dresden.
With many interesting site visits relating to history, culture, and program-related topics, the students enjoyed themselves exploring both of these cities and it even inspired them to reflect on their own history and view of the world.
LMU Engineering student, Fosse L.’s account of the excursion to find out what impressed him most:
"This past week, the LMU Engineering and BAC programs took an excursion to Berlin and Dresden. In Berlin, we learned about the historical significance of the city and the changes it has gone through over the past century. We were impressed that the German people own up to all parts of their history, the good and the bad. It has inspired us to reflect on the history of our own country and to think about how we can educate our communities back home to ensure that the horrible history of the past does not repeat itself.
In Dresden, we were amazed at the architecture and design of the old buildings in the city. We were fortunate to see a duet piano and violin performance as well as visit the Volkswagen Factory, where many VW cars are manufactured. In the factory, we were able to use the knowledge we learned in the classroom and apply it to a real world scenario."