September 3, 2019
At the kick-off event at the beginning of the new academic year at Jacobs University, President Michael Hülsmann made a committed plea for the maturity of thinking. He addressed the more than 500 new students: "Be courageous! Leave the easy to live with comfort zone of your existing cognitive and affective capabilities. Dare to think for yourself and use the time at Jacobs University to develop your own independent thought patterns.”
The festive Annual Opening, the traditional kick-off event of the new academic year, also marks the end of the orientation week for the newcomers. During the O-Week they got to know Bremen as well as living and learning at Jacobs University. In addition to various campus activities, language tests and exploratory tours, the program included workshops for freshmen, which strengthened the intercultural awareness and skills of the international group.
“Being respectful with each other”, says Cäcilia Riederer, President of the Student Self-Government of Bachelor Students (USG), in her address at the Annual Opening Ceremony is "the cornerstone of living together at Jacobs University.”