MAP Graduation Ceremony 2021

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Participants of the MAP graduation ceremony 2021 (image: MAP Office)

Last year’s MAP graduates were said goodbye on the evening of 1 July 2021. Unfortunately, due to the Corona pandemic, we could only offer an online event. Nevertheless, it was a very solemn farewell, starting with an inspiring speech by MAP Chair Prof. Erik Bitzek, followed by a slideshow of all graduates presenting their next academic steps to the audience and some memorable screenshot pictures – this year, unfortunately, without the master gowns and hats.

In his speech, Prof. Bitzek paid tribute to the graduates from many different countries for the long journey they had gone: At the beginning, every student had passed through a very tough and selective application process. Then most of the MAP students adjusted to a new language, to new food, different weather and so on. They learned a lot about German and many other cultures, about the university and about how to study in Germany. Prof. Bitzek emphasised the various highlights within the MAP curriculum remembering many restrictions the students had to live with: “You have not only survived this programme, but you have thrived in it. MAP is challenging, but for you it has been exceptionally challenging due to COVID.”

Prof. Bitzek went on to say that the MAP graduates had learnt a lot beyond the curriculum. In light of current political developments and climatic changes, he stressed how important it was that they had learnt to listen to science and apply research findings to today’s world. He also emphasised the importance of collaboration, as during the pandemic this allowed for tremendous results to be achieved in a short period of time. “By combining two different academic subjects and working with people from all over the world, collaboration has been implemented into your DNA and you are ideally equipped to tackle major challenges.” He encouraged the graduates to use their potential to make a big impact on the world with what they have learnt at MAP. For example, by making improvements in the process of material production and by using the right material properties, a tremendous reduction of the CO2 emission of up to 30 or 40 percent can be obtained. Prof. Bitzek underlined this with various examples. He concluded his speech by handing over the responsibility to influence and move the world to the graduates.

We hope that our 2020 and 2021 graduates will join to our next face-to-face graduation ceremony in 2022.