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TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning bids farewell to students at Graduation Ceremony 2021

In a festive ceremony at the Audimax of the Technical University of Munich, the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning said goodbye to the graduating classes of 2021 and 2020 of the three Executive MBA programs and the graduates of the Master in Management & Innovation. Due to the corona situation, the ceremony took place as a hybrid event and in compliance with a strict hygiene concept.

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“Completing a Master or MBA Program is never an easy task. However, I’m very aware that the past months were particularly challenging as the pandemic confronted you and all of us with many unforeseen hurdles,” said Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus, Vice President Talent Management & Diversity at TUM and Founding Director of the Technical University of Munich. She was welcoming the graduates present and thanked students and staff for their cooperation, creativity and collaboration over the past 1.5 years.

Prof. Dr. Peus was the first to congratulate the graduates on this big step on their path of lifelong learning and at the same time emphasized: “It is self-evident that we live in a time of constant change. This dynamic change in our working world, and indeed in our society as a whole, means that what we learn today is often yesterday’s news tomorrow. So all of us are challenged and at the same time given the opportunity to continue to learn – lifelong.”

Prof. Dr. Hana Milanov receives Executive Education Teaching Award

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Prof. Dr. Peus then presented the Executive Education Teaching Award to Prof. Dr. Hana Milanov, Academic Director of the Executive MBA in Innovation & Business Creation for her outstanding commitment to teaching. Afterwards, the graduates were the first in more than 1.5 years to attend a short performance by the TUM Jazz Band.

Alumni talk about self-employment in times of Covid-19

In the Alumni Panel, moderator Isabel Werdin led a discussion with one alumni of each of the four graduating classes from 2018 to 2020: Adrian Schomburg (EMBA Class of 2020), Christian Müller (EMBA BIT Class of 2020), Carola Epple (EMBA IBC Class of 2018) and Moritz Schüller (MiMI Class of 2020). Three of the four alumni have since founded their own companies – all shortly before or during the Corona pandemic.

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The four panelists told participants in the room and listeners at home who joined the event via live stream about their path to self-employment, challenges and opportunities during pandemic times, and what their most important lessons were that they were able to take with them from their respective degree programs into their professional lives. Especially important: self-reflection as a leader and the outstanding network of TUM and the Executive & Professional Education degree programs.

Ceremonial honoring of the graduates

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This was followed by the highlight of the event: each graduating student present was invited to the stage for a short tribute with his or her Congratulations Letter in compliance with hygiene regulations. Prof. Dr. Thomas Hutzschenreuther, Academic Director of the Master in Management & Innovation then bid farewell to the students and congratulated them on their outstanding achievements. His appeal: “A new chapter today begins for all of you, but the connections and experiences you made will last us a lifetime.”

The team of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning warmly congratulates the graduates on their successful completion of their studies. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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