Get Together 2018


Scholarship Holders are Introducing Themselves

Impressions from Lucerne

This year’s Get Together of Hirschmann scholarship holders took place in Lucerne on October 26, 2018, in the municipal building’s Kornschütte hall.

The occasion was once again successfully held by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. University Head iAlexandra Richter and her team had organized the event under the motto: "Money and Mind 2.0 – studying differently?"

For once, the issue of money in the daily lives of university students was to be addressed:

What are the scholarship holders’ thoughts on the relation of education and money?

What would they wish for if money was not an issue or if it was distributed differently?

Would studying be more focused, more dedicated, and more carefree?

The aim of the Get Together 2018 in Lucerne was to get to know each other, to exchange experiences and ideas, and to discuss about the future of university education in Switzerland..

The discussion was opened by Prof. Dr. Markus Hodel, President of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, by Prof. Dr. Crispino Bergamaschi, President of the Board of Directors of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and President of the Chamber of UAS, swissuniversities, and by Eugen David, President of the Hirschmann Foundation.

They not only talked about their own student lives and their perspectives on "Money and Studies" at the time, but also about their current visions of Swiss university education. Also taking part in the discussion was Dr. Andrea Aeberhard, Director of the Chamber of UAS, swissuniversities.

In order to commence a dialogue among students, there were twelve discussion tables with eight to ten participants each. Numerous Swiss universities were represented by their faculties of life sciences, engineering and IT, architecture and design, spatial planning, music, social work, business, psychology and health, arts and theater.

Dr. Margot Vogel Campanello, lecturer and project leader at the Institute of Social Work and Law at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, professionally hosted the event as a moderator by setting emphasis on the following questions:

Is there Equality of Opportunities in Switzerland?Can anyone attain a Master’s degree – irrespective of their financial situation? And if not so: What changes would have to be made?

The students actively participated in the table discussions about their current experiences regarding scholarship practice, side jobs and their perceptible financial duties. They presented their beliefs and conclusions at the forum.

The subsequent reception was musically accompanied, contributing to a relaxing atmosphere in which guests and participants were given the opportunity to get to know each other and to network beyond university borders

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