Causeway Bay, a busy shopping district in central Hong Kong last week: metal and wooden barricades surround tents; people sit on the floor discussing. Signposts in Chinese and English everywhere. It is “Occupy”, the movement led by students demanding more democracy from their administration and the government in Beijing. There are lots of police, but everything seems to be relaxed. Immediately next to the protest camp shoppers check out the latest smartphones and gold jewellery.
For most people, starting university is beginning a new phase in life. A different environment, for many a different city. Excitement mingles with fear. Therefore it is really important how universities structure their on-boarding process. At most public universities in Germany there is simply no such thing. But Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is, of course, different.