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17.12.2018

Photos of the award ceremony „Professor of the Year“

The jury of the UNICUM Stiftung worked their way through approx. 1600 nominations. In the end they were certain: „Schmitz, he’s the one“. Jury-Chairman Prof. Dr. Winfried Schulze revealed this in the laudatio he delivered on Prof. Dr. Christian Schmitz. The prize was awarded last Thursday in front of an audience of almost one hundred guests from the fields of research, teaching and practice. In the following article you will find some photos of the event.


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The photo shows Prof. Dr. Christian Schmitz from the Sales and Marketing Department (SMD). He received the prize „Professor of the Year“ in der category Economics/Law from the UNICUM Stiftung last Thursday in the RUB‘s lecture hall complex. Almost one hundred guests from the fields of research, teaching and practice attended the event in HZO 60.

Among the well-wishers were Rector Prof. Dr. Axel Schölmerich, Dean Prof. Dr. Michael Roos, Guido Eisfeld from the Bundesverband der Vertriebsmanager (German Sales Manager Association), managing partner of the UNICUM group Manfred Baldschus, Jury-Chairman Prof. Dr. Winfried Schulze, Prof. Dr. Jan Wieseke and Prof. Dr. Sascha Alavi, as well as colleagues and staff of SMD, company representatives, students, friends and relatives. Janina-Vanessa Schneider and Lukas Isenberg guided through the programme.
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UNICUM‘s competition „Professor of the Year“ is already in its 13th year. Prof. Dr. Christian Schmitz was selected in der category „Economics/Law“. The jury headed by laudator Prof. Dr. Winfried Schulze honoured Prof. Schmitz for his „outstanding achievements in teaching and mentoring his students“. Dr. Schulze was also highly impressed by the quality of his teaching and in particular its practical orientation. The jury Chairman praised Profl Schmitz‘ enthusiastic and extremely motivating teaching methods. He pointed out that although it is often not possible to measure the effectiveness of teaching performance, in the end students are indeed „the best critics“.
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And it is true: Prof. Schmitz‘ students were full of praise for their Professor and his „fantastic teaching“. His way of teaching, his energy was „captivating“. „You notice, that he really is interested in us, that he wants us to take something from his lectures with us that will help us in our future lives. We are so grateful to have him here in Bochum.“ Anna Klötzer, Elias Sabaghi and Daniel Wach handed over a present to Schmitz on behalf of all their fellow students.
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And even Guido Eisfeld from the Bundesverband der Vertriebsmanager (German Sales Managers Association) was „delighted“ und „proud“, that „one of us“ [Prof. Schmitz is a member of the advisory board] has won the prize and symbolically pronounced him „King“.
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RUB Rector Prof. Dr. Axel Schölmerich and Prof. Dr. Michael Roos, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Economics were just as proud. The award proves that apart from „conducting excellent research at the university, you can also excel in teaching“. Prof. Schmitz and the SMD epitomise „the best“ of all fields (teaching, research, practice). According to Professor Roos, Prof. Schmitz‘ dedication and enthusiasm are „an example and an inspiration“ for the entire faculty.: „Keep up the good work!“
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Prof. Dr. Jan Wieseke joined him in his praise of Schmitz. The Professor at the SMD und former „Professor of the Year“ – award winner (2014) finds it quite „enviable“ that his colleague can speak all three languages „teaching, research, practice“ so fluently, he is a living example of them and an inspiration for all at the department. He thanked Dr. Schmitz for his long-standing friendship and requested him to „stay AS you are, above all stay WHERE you are“. This was greeted by standing ovations.
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The award winner was clearly moved. He sees the award as „recognition for his achievement“ and at the same time as „motivation and obligation“ for his future work. He thanked all who accompanied him on the way, his family and friends and in particular team members Dr. Wieseke and Dr. Alavi. He accepted the prize on behalf of the entire team at the Sales & Marketing Department: „I am very much looking forward to taking the next steps with you!“.
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At the end of the ceremony the award winner and his guests were treated to an aperitif in the new rooms of the Sales & Marketing Department in the GD building to adequately celebrate Dr. Schmitz‘ success.
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