"If you'd ever asked me about my chances of meeting a state president and discussing the future of Europe with him personally, I'd probably have just smiled and shaken my head in disbelief. But now the well-nigh impossible has become real."

In addition to completing his master's course, International Management student Alexander Scherer is working at the Campus Symposium.The international economic conference has been organised by students since 2005, and each year they manage to attract well-known figures such as Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan, Al Gore, Gerhard Schröder, Condoleezza Rice, Bob Geldof, plus many more to come and speak in the tents of the Campus Symposium. ISM has been the official university partner since 2015.

Alexander Scherer gives us an insight into his work at the conference and the probably most exciting day in his life so far: "As a member of a team of students you come up with many ideas about possible topics, speakers, interesting combinations, special themes and numerous other aspects. Planning of the 2016 event began well over a year ago. We asked ourselves what the term 'values' actually means. Values can be hard factors based on figures as well as soft aspects which facilitate living together in an increasingly international world. The European Union, as we know it, allows people to move freely and enjoy the advantages of cross-cultural exchange to the full. But a number of reports in recent weeks and months indicate, in my opinion, a changing mood within Europe. After giving it lots of thought and many hours of discussion, the team believed a debate on the future of Europe would be an interesting aspect. We, as the organisers, wanted to do everything possible to enable such a debate on the symposium stage.

So this is the reason why I'm sitting on a plane on my way to Prague to meet Václav Klaus, the former President of the Czech Republic, on this Monday morning. I go through all our previous research again in my head and think about the questions I'd like to ask him. And to tell you the truth, it feels like a whole squadron of planes are flying around inside my tummy. After touching down in Prague, my level of excitement reaches fever pitch as we drive to the Václav Klaus Institute, where I'll meet the man personally. It's also during this journey that it finally dawns on me that I'm about to shake the hand of a former state president. The meeting soon developed into a very pleasant and uncomplicated exchange of ideas and views. His perspectives on the future of Europe and his opinion of what Europe will look like in a few years were amazing and very direct. Our research had shown that he takes a critical view of developments in Europe. Nonetheless, the fact that he sees no future for Europe as it is currently structured was somewhat surprising to say the least.

The Campus Symposium team spent the next few days examining Václav Klaus' statements and views. We believe it's essential that critical voices are also taken into account and their points of view heard. However, after long deliberations and discussions among team members, we decided not to invite Klaus to speak at the Campus Symposium. The many hours of research and thought about the man and his beliefs confirm that our decision was the right one. This also means we are still searching for another speaker. So we have once again been busy collecting, researching and discussing ideas."

ISM students like Alexander Scherer can actively partake in the Campus Symposium and discover the fascinating world of a large economic conference. If you have any questions or would like to join the team, feel free to contact Alexander Scherer: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

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