Building a First Impression – AUBG’s Open House Day
On Saturday, Nov. 19, AUBG held its semestral Open House day for prospective students. The event was attended by 420 guest, 360 out of which were prospective students. The campus was visited by students from Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania. Compared to the events from previous years, this November’s Open House day was the best-attended in the history of AUBG.
The AUBG admissions team shared their concerns regarding the potential success of the Open House day before the actual event. Eight days before the actual event, only 88 students had registered online. However, this year’s Open House day managed to set an attendance record by attracting 420 visitors. According to the interim head of Admissions at AUBG, Anatolie Cernii, their current success can be contributed to their collaboration with the Office of Marketing and Communication and to the new advertising strategies that were implemented this year.
In terms of changes, the schedule of the event remained the same as last year’s. Starting with a welcoming session and then proceeding with a campus tour, lectures held by current AUBG professors, and the Student Clubs Fair.
“People who come and see with their own eyes what AUBG has to offer get a feeling of what we have and its quality. Visiting the campus, this makes or breaks the decision to enroll into AUBG or not,” clarified Cernii.
Among the lecturers this year was Professor Arthur Pantelides, one of AUBG’s new Business Administration professors, who specializes in management. During the Open House day, he gave an introductory lecture to one of the classes he will be teaching in Spring’17 – BUS 449a Topics in Management: Leadership. At the end of the day he shared his positive impressions of the prospective students he met on Nov. 19.
“The students that I’ve met are really really sharp and their English speaking skills are incredible. I think they are motivated. They know what is going on in the world,” commented Pantelides. “I honestly think that if you open yourself up and try to be interactive and communicative [they will act the way they did in my classes] they were shouting out answers they were very communicative. I think they were great.”
At the end of the event, one of the prospective students, Rarnela Alich, who visited the lecture of Pantelides, pointed out that she was surprised by the quality and quantity of knowledge that she has acquired just for one day at AUBG.
“I wasn’t really up for coming today to the open house day but my big sister Eva was forcing me constantly and when I actually came here I was really satisfied – the way of teaching was truly inspiring. And the feeling of everybody being one big family is really intriguing,” shared Alich.