Talk in the Park

Talk in the Park Extra: The United World College in Germany

Stuttgart, December 11, 2013 – The first United World College (UWC) in Germany, a boarding school for 200 precollege students from approximately 70 countries, is currently being built in Freiburg. The establishment of this school is being financed by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with Robert Bosch GmbH. Once the school opens in late summer of 2014, the state of Baden-Württemberg will assume responsibility for half of the school’s operating costs. In addition, other benefactors like B. Braun Melsungen AG and the city of Freiburg have already agreed to providing scholarships. Despite this outpouring of support, the new UWC still requires additional funding.

That is why the Robert Bosch Stiftung organized a special event at the Bosch House: a Talk in the Park Extra, dedicated to fund-raising for the new school in Freiburg. In his introduction, Dr. Christoph Bosch explained what differentiates the UWC concept from that of other schools. By living together with students from other cultures, as well as the subject matter of the International Baccalaureate, the students aged between 16 and 18 learn, above all, values such as openness, tolerance, and social responsibility – the most important requirements for peaceful coexistence in a globalized world. In addition, the school in Freiburg places a particular focus on sustainability and environmental technology. As such, the Robert Bosch College not only offers one-of-a-kind educational opportunities for young people who often do not have the chance to develop and use their talents. According to Christof Bosch, the school is also an opportunity for the host country and the best calling card for a modern and cosmopolitan nation.

Afterwards, the journalist Susanne Offenbach held a discussion with the school’s future director Laurence Nodder and businessman Dr. Ludwig Georg Braun who has been closely involved in the project since its inception. Mr. Nodder, who before his transfer to Freiburg ran the UWC in Swaziland for 14 years, enthusiastically spoke about how critical a role experiences at the UWC, during the students’ time as young adults, play in their further development. In addition, Dr. Braun emphasized the importance of the school for German industry. 200 talented young people from around the world will get to know Germany through the UWC, and will either become loyal ambassadors for the country or will stay and study at German universities and work at German companies. Both of these possibilities are extremely valuable to the country.

In addition to the official program, countless discussions were held at the tables during this Talk in the Park. Eight current and former UWC students were on hand to provide answers to questions such as: What is day-to-day life like living together in a four-person dorm at a UWC? What is the application process like? And does the parents’ financial situation really not play a role? No one can answer such questions as well as the students who have already experienced life at a UWC. And they were – once again – the best ambassadors for their schools.

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Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall (right), Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, talking to UWC students.