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Good results at the WiWo Supermaster

Ann-Christin Heilig and Andre Grosse Kamphake represented the University of Cologne amongst the ten best participants.

In Germany alone, almost 138,000 students completed a Master's degree last year. In order to honour some of the master thesis submitted, Wirtschaftswoche, together with the Federal Association of German Economists and Business Economists, initiated the "Supermaster" competition, in which applicants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland were able to submit a graded and passed master thesis with a corresponding business reference.

The University of Cologne was also represented twice in the final round among the ten best. Ann-Christin Heilig was able to present her work on "Female selection in management positions and the role of personality and preferences - an empirical study based on the Linked Personnel Panel" at the award ceremony on July 4th. On the same evening, Andre Grosse Kamphake spoke about " Digitalisation in Controlling - A Study on the Automation of Forecasting Processes".

Heilig answered the question to what extent her participation in the competition had helped her as follows:
"The participation gave me the great opportunity to deal with the topic again after completing my master's thesis and to present it to an audience by doing a pitch. This really was a nerve-racking, but also incredibly valuable experience for me and even if it didn't work out in the end coming in first place, I am very proud to be among the ten best. I also got to know a lot of nice and interesting people and it was fun to talk to them about their recent career entry.
All in all, I once again became aware of how important the issue of gender equality is and that we should utilize every opportunity to make it more present in our society."

However, Heilig became aware of the competition randomly while surfing the web, and the advertisement that jumped into her eye immediately appealed to her. Another motivating factor for her was first and foremost the chance to present her work to a more broaden audience and perhaps even to get a chance to publish it.

On the same evening, all finalists presented their works to a jury, which then selected the winner. The jury not only included WirtschaftsWoche editor-in-chief Beat Balzli, but also the well-known economist Hans-Werner Sinn and Thomas Buschmann from Deutsche Bank, as well as star investor Frank Thelen.

The prize of the competition was rewarded with 25,000 Euros. In addition, the best participants had a chance to travel to China and were introduced in WirtschaftsWoche. The winner of the competition was Florian Molder from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, but none of the participants had to hide from the result of the evening.

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