In 2020, as part of its development and by decision of the Board of Directors, BBI-Luxembourg became "BROOKINS BUSINESS INSTITUTE - University of Applied Sciences" (BBI-UAS). The choice of this patronymic as the name of the institute is not insignificant as it has a historical basis; this choice is also supported and approved by the authorities of the City of Wiltz, which have always sponsored BBI.
This choice is to honour and perpetuate the memory of a kind-hearted man who, in the difficult circumstances of wartime, was able to bring to the children of Wiltz a moment of happiness and joy. Richard W. BROOKINS, a young American corporal of the 28th US Infantry Regiment, then 22 years old, was one of those who liberated the town of Wiltz during the Battle of the Bulge.
On 6 December 1944, he dressed up as St. Nicholas and, with the help of his fellow GIs, gave sweets to the children of Wiltz, thus continuing the tradition of this festival.
Since then, every year, the authorities and the inhabitants honour his memory in his presence, by organising a traditional parade through the town, and then gather in front of the plaque commemorating his action, located at the entrance of the castle of Wiltz, our CAMPUS.
This change from a name of origin to a patronymic represents an important step in the continuity of BBI, and allows us to integrate further ourselves into the cultural landscape of the City of Wiltz.