It’s Christmas Time in Bonn and at AIB!
With the end of the year approaching fast, students and AIB staff got to enjoy the wonderful Winter and Christmas festivities and markets happening in and around Bonn.
Some students went ice skating, some went to the Christmas market to warm up with a hot drink and others participated in our annual Christmas video (coming soon – stay tuned!)
Amir, one of AIB’s student workers, said the following about the German tradition of Christmas markets: “During the last few weeks members of staff and students went to Bonn‘s traditional Christmas market at Münsterplatz. The market has food, drinks and seasonal items available at open-air stalls, accompanied by traditional Christmas music. The students were therefore able to get to know German Christmas customs, and most importantly, the delicacies sold at the market stalls.”
AIB is also decorated and the Christmas tree in the courtyard is a beautiful sight – especially at night!
The LMU Engineering students visited the 1. FC Köln – Cologne’s own soccer team a month ago. The students got to visit the stadium and learn about the management of the arena, the soccer field, and the history of this traditional German Bundesliga Soccer Club. They event got to go to one of their games. This is what Carlos Y. had to say about the experience:
“About a month ago, the LMU Engineering program toured FC Köln’s stadium. As we walked into the stadium, I first noticed the 50,000 red and white seats that surrounded the perfect green field. During the tour, we were able to learn about the history of the stadium and team, along with some other things like how the field is managed. That was all interesting to learn about because I, along with others, did not know much about FC Köln coming into the tour. We were also taken to the locker rooms, media area, and onto the field. That was all very cool to experience because those are areas that most people are not able to visit, and it offered a bit of insight as to what the players experience on game day. Then, last weekend some of the students within the LMU Engineering program went to the FC Köln game against SpVgg Greuther Fürth. That was truly such an awesome and fun experience. The atmosphere within the stadium was very special. I saw and felt the love and pride the fans have for FC Köln, Köln, and soccer. Everyone within the stadium was united and cheering for FC Köln (except for SpVgg Greuther Fürth fans). Before the game I was not a fan of any specific soccer team in Germany, but now I can say that the team I support within Germany is FC Köln.”
As part of their Entrepreneurship class, students from Loyola Marymount University organised and presented at the Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CESEB), affiliated with IBUGI / Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft, their business ideas using the Pecha Kucha technique.
Others from the Alanus Hochschule and Startups also presented their ideas!
Big thanks to Marcelo da Veiga, Marianne Siede, and Ruben Greif & team to make this happen.
What a great night!
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! (:”
The LMU Business, Arts and Communication students had the opportunity to visit the digital experts and entrepreneurs at Etventure Berlin. Etventure is part of the auditing and consulting company EY (Ernst & Young) and is still managed by the founders. Jaxon Kelly, Entrepreneurship and Business major recalls his experience:
“During our excursion to Berlin last month, we were all lucky enough to have the chance to meet with a very interesting and driven group of individuals; the members of Etventure. Upon our arrival we were welcomed with enthusiasm and were introduced to the team. Throughout our day at their Berlin office, the Etventure employees explained their concept of design thinking to us, a presentation full of case examples and relevant references that allowed all present to experience the energy of the process. As an added bonus to our day, a successful project created by a member of the Etventure team was able to give a presentation. We learned about the foundation and purpose of a new network called Mobilejobs and how it has grown from a startup into a successful business, a true image of what Etventure, and the concept of entrepreneurship itself, is all about.”