Mannheim (without) Borders: One topic, three days, six perspectives

Carolin Betz Mannheim University Council on Business & SocietyBy Carolin Betz, Mannheim University student and Communication Manager for the Mannheim Forum.

Under this heading, and for the fourth time running, the Mannheim Forum will take place in the palace of the University of Mannheim, Germany.

The Mannheim Forum is an annual congress for interested students of all disciplines, organized by the student initiative of the same name. With more than 500 participants each year, the organizers were able to create a unique student conference – for students by students – with a clear goal: to bring together interesting personalities from business, politics, culture, safety, technology and economics with students in order to discuss a diverse topic, allowing students to look beyond their profession and see the big picture.

Mannheim Forum 2015 Council on Business & Society

All photos: Mannheim Forum 2015

The Mannheim Forum will take place under the controversial and multi-layered motto “(without) Borders?” in the palace of the University of Mannheim from March 10 to 12, 2016. Guests this year include, among others, attorney and politician Gregor Gysi (of the “Die Linke” party), the President of the Bundestag (lower house of the German parliament) Norbert Lammert of the Christian Democratic Union (“CDU”) party and stockbroker Dirk Müller, who became famous as “Mister Dax”. Many more personalities from science and the public eye are expected. Participants will have the opportunity to speak to the representatives directly to gain valuable insights.

Mannheim Forum 2015 Council CommunityThe event itself was created in cooperation with various companies. During the Mannheim Forum Casino (a small career fair) and business workshops, participants will have the chance to network with participating company representatives from Reckitt Benckiser, PERI, VW Financial Services, Bosch and many other potential employers. This year the congress will also host a Start-Up Casino. Next to a workshop focusing on the friendly policy towards business creations in Germany, students may discuss the risks and possibilities of start-ups with Herrenfahrt and von Jungfeld, two companies founded by alumni of the University of Mannheim.

Mannheim Forum Council on Business & Society2For the first time this year, there will be an “International Day” for all the international students at the University of Mannheim with panel discussions and workshops in English as part of the program. During the English workshop, the airline company Ryanair will open a debate entitled Endless Growth in Europe’s Low-Cost Carrier Market? and the panel discussion will center on the refugee crisis in Europe. The host will be Natasha Bertaud, speaker of the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

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Written by Carolin Betz, Mannheim University student and Communication Manager for the Mannheim Forum 2016

The Council on Business & Society Global Alliance is an ongoing international dialogue between six of the world’s leading business schools and an organiser of Forums focusing on issues at the crossroads of business and society – The Council Community helps bring together business leaders, academics, students and journalists from around the world. #CouncilonBusinessandSociety


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