The Association of Friends & Sponsors (Verein der Freunde & Förderer der HSBA e.V.) was founded on 8 April 2010 in the Handelskammer City Campus. The objective of the association is to progress HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration to become one of the leading private business schools by expanding its links to business, its international contacts and student initiatives. Examples of the latter include a rowing team, which competes against Jacobs University in Bremen each year, a debating club, a team that takes part in national business simulation games, a band, a basketball team and a women's soccer team.
It is the aim of the Association of Friends and Sponsors at HSBA to further develop HSBA to one of the leading private business schools by further expanding activities with the Hamburg business community, with international contacts and student initiatives. The work of the Association is diverse and comprises all aspects and areas of university life.
Scholarships for taking part in exchange programmes, excursions and summer schools
Offering of scholarships especially for particularly high-performing students as well as co-financing of the "Deutschland Stipendium" of HSBA
Awarding of non-cash prizes for special commitment of students during their studies within the framework of the Graduation Ceremony
Subsidisation of national and international conferences and symposia for HSBA professors
Subsidisation of student projects and committee work especially for the social committee, the sport committee and conferences organised by the students
Own events and the fundraising dinner with top-class speakers such as Kai Diekmann, Dr. Dieter Zetsche or Peer Steinbrück
The more than 40 founding members elected the Hamburg-based entrepreneur Ian K. Karan as Chairman of the association.
"I am delighted with this new task, because supporting new talent is a matter close to my heart and I firmly believe in HSBA's concept of dual courses of studies."
The model of combining business practice with academic teaching greatly enriches Hamburg, he said. He also said that he is especially impressed by the high level of sporting, musical and voluntary involvement of the students, who find time for these activities despite their busy timetables.
''Premium companies need premium staff'', said Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG - Mercedes-Benz at the fundraising dinner of the Friends and Sponsors of HSBA on 25 March. As companies are becoming more international, they need more global players on their teams. In a certain way, Zetsche can understand why most Hamburg graduates prefer to stay in their hometown after their studies, but he wouldn’t want to have missed out on his work experiences in Argentina, Brazil and the USA. To Hamburg students he said: “There are also nice beaches in foreign countries. I think palm trees instead of containers wouldn't be such a bad thing.”Overall HSBA’s international set-up made a very positive impression on Dieter Zetsche. Concerning the idea that the education of the future should be global, dual and digital, he praised HSBA: “Hamburg’s lighthouses are not only on the Elbe – there is also one at the Alsterfleet. HSBA belongs to the greatest and brightest towers of Hamburg’s educational landscape.”We are flattered by this compliment, but most of all it is a big motivation for us to face the challenges of the fast-paced, global and digital future.
(Photos: Jana Tolle)