#ThrowbackThursday Couples

Richard and Nicole became a couple during their semester abroad in Korea in 2003

We both started the IM degree in 2001 – it was only the one class then so we all knew each other well and four of us especially formed a very close-knit group. So a friendship between Richard and myself had already been well established before we went on our semester abroad.

Back then allocation of your host university was by drawing lots from a hat.  Nearly all of us wanted to go to Auckland as our first choice but there were only a few places there.  So we drew lots again for our second choice: Ajou University in South Korea.  About half the class had decided that we wanted to do something adventurous – and South Korea seemed pretty different. In the end, there were 8 of us who went to Ajou and there, within the first month or so, Richard and I became a couple.

The other six in Korea were not at all surprised – they’d seen it coming – and so there was no awkwardness.  But those two close friends in our group were not there and we puzzled greatly about how to tell them.  Don’t forget, in those days we didn’t all have smart phones, there was no Whatsapp.  We didn’t want to wait until we saw them again months later, so we mailed.  That did feel a bit weird.  However, being a couple within the IM class was not a problem.  There were quite a few others who had also met a partner during their semester abroad.

 

Richard and Nicole with their twin girls in 2017

What happened next? Nicole: I went on to work for PwC consulting expat clients in international HR.  Richard and I got married in 2010 and then in 2012 our twin girls were born.  I decided I wanted to be at home for at least a year so stopped my job.  Eighteen months later I then found the perfect post for me – I am the Assistant for the IM programme.  It’s part-time, interesting and close to where we live and of course it was a bit like returning “home”.  I very much enjoy being in touch with a great variety of people – I liaise with lecturers, especially external lecturers, coordinating resources, planning. It’s perfect.

Richard: I joined what is now the Bank J. Safra Sarasin immediately after graduating and have been there in different roles and different teams ever since. My current position is Senior Portfolio Manager for institutional clients based in Zurich. What I enjoy since the merger is that the bank has become more international and our working language is English now.

Via the IM Programme many students have learnt a lot about business, made new friends, found future employers, expanded their horizons and also, more often than you think, found their partners.  After nearly 20 years since the programme started there are a surprising number of IM couples and even IM babies 🙂

So – here’s a slightly different #TbT item.  Also, so that we can tell all you IM lovebirds out there that we’re having a Love@IM barbeque from noon on 9 September at a site around Olten (we’ll communicate the place soon).  It’s for all who found love via or during their IM days and for any and all resultant kids:-)  So save the date and sign up now!

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Hail the new IM Graduates and Prize Winners

Prizewinners 2016 on the move. Manuel Frei and Lawrence Morillo (far right) were voted the most community spirited classmates by their peers and awarded the IM Alumni Graduation Prize yesterday. Another IM graduate, Selina Widmer (far left) took the prize for the highest overall grade in Communication subjects.

Prizewinners 2016 on the move. Manuel Frei and Lawrence Morillo (far right) were voted the most community spirited classmates by their peers and awarded the IM Alumni Graduation Prize yesterday. Another IM graduate, Selina Widmer (far left) took the prize for the highest overall grade in Communication subjects.

A new batch of  49 IM graduates received their diplomas today.  And our IM Alumni Graduation Prize was also awarded – for the first time there was a tie.  Manuel Frei was praised especially for independently organising a brilliant study trip to Poland for his fellow students.  And Lawrence Morillo for his constant support of his classmates with organising study groups and study materials for classmates and helping the exchange students.

The IM Alumni Graduation Prize is awarded each year to whoever the graduating classmates think has contributed most to the IM community.  Indicative of the fundamental spirit of IM, there were a dozen nominations: Also nominated this year were: Valentina Heiz, Dominic Lohberger, Mitja Messerli, Nicolas Perrin, Yves Sutter, Joel Vogt, Rigzin-Chodon Dotschung, Tanja Nann and Selina Widmer. (A large number of students voted for Haris Besic even though he was not on the nominations list because he decided to extend his studies so he was saluted to general applause yesterday.) The prize money (CHF 400) is raised at IM Alumni events and was handed over yesterday by the president of the IM Alumni Association, Esin Cengiz.

Our congratulations to all the new graduates.  We hope to see you soon.

p.s. As soon as the professional photos are out, we’ll post them here.

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Graduation and Graduation Prize 2015

Lia Flück (right) was voted the graduating student who contributed most to the IM Commujnity and received the IM Alumni graduation Prize 2015 from Esin Cengiz at Friday's Graduation Ceremony.

Lia Flück (right) was voted the graduating student who contributed most to the IM Commujnity and received the IM Alumni graduation Prize 2015 from Esin Cengiz at Friday’s Graduation Ceremony. (Photo: Robel Ghebressilasie)

Nearly 50 new IM graduates joined the alumni ranks on Friday 2 October at the official FHNW School of Business Graduation Ceremony in Olten.

IM Alumni instigated a Graduation Prize three years ago to acknowledge the importance of social contributions.  During those years of studying, the learning community profits greatly from those who contribute by being class representatives, acting as buddies for exchange students, organising student events, lending a helping hand.  So in summer we always ask the graduating students to nominate and vote for those students they feel have contributed most.  This year the winner was Lia Flück: classmates praised her for  “her positive and determined mindset”, for being very “sociable” and always being helpful. Lia received a cash prize of CHF 400 – funds which are raised during IM Alumni events.

There were in all, this year, 10 nominations which reflects how many IM’s go the extra mile: The full list of nominations were – Alacam Mansur, Lea Arago, Lia Flück, Daniela Flühler, Ladina Flury, Tanja Kühni, Anna Katharina Rieder, Katrin Steiner, David Stutz, Ruben Zwahlen.

 

Congratulations to all graduates: we sincerely wish you happiness and success in the next life phase and very much hope you stay in touch with the IM Alumni.

IM Graduates 2015

IM Graduates 2015

IM Graduation 2015

IM Graduates 2015

 

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