ILF students and staff went on a field trip to the city of Berlin from 16 to 18 May 2019. As part of the 5th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the Master of Laws in International Banking, Securities and Finance ("LL.M. International Finance") program which is specially aimed at Asian graduates, 12 professors from Asian universities also joined us on this trip which made the event an even more special one for all!
On Thursday, the first point on the agenda of the excursion to Berlin was a 2-hour guided walking city tour of Berlin for both the group of students as well as the Asian professors. At the end of the tour, both groups met up for the welcome dinner in Restaurant Nolle with special guests Dr. Lixin Liu and Ms. Yuchen Cao from Education Department of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Berlin and Dr. Osman Sacarcelik, Attorney-at-Law, from Deloitte Legal.
On Friday, we visited Deloitte at the Deloitte Greenhouse where our group was warmly welcomed by Dr. Klaus Pilz, Attorney-at-Law of Deloitte Legal and they could then participate in a number of interesting talks given by and discussions with representatives of the different departments of Deloitte.
After having lunch which was kindly hosted by Deloitte, our group went on to the German Parliamentary Office Building to meet Ms. Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Chairwoman of the Financial Committee of the German Parliament, member of German Parliament where she provided details about her work in the German Parliament and in particular the Financial Committee. After the meeting, our students has some free time to discover more of the city on their own whereas the delegation of professors and the ILF staff had a farewell dinner together at the Restaurant Refugium located at Gendarmenmarkt.
Later in the evening, the entire group met up once again to visit the Reichstag Building where they received a very informative guided tour of the history, architecture and purpose of the building.
On Saturday, the group had free time for the rest of the trip where they could enjoy the sights and sounds of Berlin on their own. Yet another highlight of the excursion was the football match between Hertha BSC and Bayer Leverkusen (1:5) at the Olympic Stadium of Berlin which many of our students and Asian professors were able to watch thanks to Bayer Leverkusen which had generously sponsored the tickets to the ILF!