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Imperial College Business School students gathered together for a special welcome event at the Natural History Museum, celebrating the start of the 2017 academic year.

Held in the Hintze Hall of the Natural History Museum for the second year running, the event is our annual celebration for new Imperial College Business School students, following their first few weeks of study.

Over the last two months, we are delighted to have welcomed almost 1,500 new students to the Business School. This event is the first occasion in the academic year where students from across all 17 programmes are brought together to expand their Imperial network.

For Dean Francisco Veloso, who also joined the Business School earlier this year, the event was an opportunity to celebrate with all of our new students, “It has been a pleasure to welcome a new cohort of students to the Business School over the past few months. A key milestone in the academic year is the Student Welcome Reception where students from all programmes are brought together to celebrate the start of their journey with Imperial College London. We’re delighted to see a very diverse and balanced group, full of energy and enthusiasm, and we’re looking forward to following their future successes during their time at the Business School and beyond.”

The students were also joined by faculty and staff as well as a new neighbour housed in the Natural History Museum. As Dippy, the Museum’s resident Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton prepares for a tour across the UK, Hope, a 25.2-metre-long blue whale skeleton, now occupies Hintze Hall. Suspended from the ceiling, students spent the evening celebrating underneath the largest creature to have ever lived.

The Natural History Museum made for a spectacularly photogenic venue, with all attendees capturing images to share with family and friends.

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“The Welcome Reception was a great opportunity to let our hair down with new friends as well as mingle with the entirety of the business school – the unique venue truly topped it all off!” says Chhaya Gill, one of our new Full-Time MBA students.

Chosen as a venue for its close connections with Imperial College London, The Natural History Museum, located next door but one to us on Exhibition Road, is at the heart of the ‘Albertopolis’ neighbourhood – the realisation of Prince Albert’s vision for an area where science and the arts would come together.

Hear from some of our students

Michelle Maukner, MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management:

What an amazing event! The venue was stunning, people were in a great mood and the atmosphere was inviting everyone to mingle with other cohorts. I enjoyed speaking to people from different backgrounds and experiences a lot.

Tina Chen, Full-Time MBA:

The Welcome Reception at the Natural History Museum was truly a memorable evening, from the gorgeous venue with Hope the blue whale to the joyful atmosphere with new Imperial friends, delicious food/drinks, and enthusiasm for the rest of the academic year.

Adriano Amaduzzi, MSc Strategic Marketing:

It was an unforgettable experience which I will fondly remember and nostalgically look back to in a few years. Not only for the jaw-dropping setting in the heart of the Natural History Museum, but also for developing stronger interpersonal relationships with many students from my cohort.

Evon Tay, MSc International Health Management:

There is no greater experience than having a party in the Natural History Museum, where art meets science – a nice introduction to what we will be doing for the rest of the year – learning the incredible artform of creating intelligent businesses for future generations to enjoy

For more photos of the evening, check out our Facebook album.

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