News Overview 2014

December 2014

European Film Award for The Chicken

The production The Chicken was named Europe’s best short film at the 2014 European Film Awards. The project was made possible thanks to support from the Foundation for up-and-coming young filmmakers from Germany and Eastern Europe.

New Survey on Asylum and Asylum Seekers

The Allensbach Institute conducted a representative survey on behalf of the Robert Bosch Stiftung on the general public’s perceptions, attitudes, and experiences with regard to the asylum seekers and asylum in general.
November 2014

Germany’s Got Talent – Now and in the Future

A German capoeira champion, a candidate on The Voice of Germany, a competitive female swimmer from the Black Forest – fifty new fellows were admitted into Talent im Land, the student fellowship program for fair educational opportunities, during a gala event in Bad Cannstatt.

German Senior Citizens' Awards 2014

The elderly of today are pioneers for the generation of tomorrow. They break stereotypes and successfully change social clichés. In Berlin, the 2014 German Senior Citizens' Awards have been awarded to outstanding intitiatives in Germany.

"Making Europe Better Together"

The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, called for reforms to asylum and refugee policy during his "Europe Speech" in Berlin.

Research and Study Program on Education in Early Childhood

For five years the Robert Bosch Stiftung has trained 60 excellent young academics in research and teaching in the field of early childhood education. At the end of the project, four participants look back and tell about their experiences.
October 2014

"We Need an Immigrant-Friendly Culture"

Andreas Stoch, Minister of Education from the German state of Baden-Württemburg, discussed current issues related to youth unemployment in Europe with members of the scientific, government, and business communities at the Robert Bosch Stiftung. He called for German society to be more open to skilled workers from other EU nations.

Germany’s Role in the World

The German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke about current challenges of foreign policy. According to Steinmeier, Germany must fundamentally redefine its role in the world.

German President Opened the "Era of Citizens" Conference

In Berlin, German President Joachim Gauck opened the international conference "The Era of Citizens – How Civil Society and Foundations are Shaping the Future". Experts from civil society such as 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi discussed the future of the role of civil society and foundations.

Javier Solana and NATO's future

The former Secretary General of NATO, Javier Solana, visited the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin and discussed with experts and young leaders "Current Challenges and the Future of NATO". Solana defined three particular challenges that could shape the future of the Alliance.

Ōtsuchi in Japan: "Under One Roof"

Ōtsuchi in north-east Japan was almost completely destroyed in 2011. Today, a new workshop gives people the opportunity to engage in crafts and to gain qualifications for future work.

The Future of Foundations

How do foundations need to position their organization and their work to use the resources available in the best way possible for the good of society? The Foundation is using its birthday as an opportunity to examine the future viability of the sector.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi: Partner to the Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Robert Bosch Stiftung congratulates the Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The Foundation has supported his dedication to the fight against child labor with donations and projects, and welcomed him to the international "Era of Citizens" conference in Berlin on October 16th.

The PRC at 65: Where Is China Heading under Xi?

On October 1, 2014, the People's Republic of China (PRC) celebrated the 65th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the Robert Bosch Stiftung used its "Engaging with China" series to ask what direction President Xi Jinping wants to take the country in.

2014 Frankfurt Book Fair

Occasionally poetic, sometimes melancholy, often times stirring and intoxicating – this fall, we want to take you on a literary adventure: travel with our Border Crossers authors back to their own past, or get to know our current Chamisso award-winner Nellja Veremej and her latest work.
September 2014

Transparent Linguistic Work

On the occasion of Hieronymus Day (International Day of Translators) on September 30, 2014, the Weltlesebühne (world reading stage) association organized something special: On one day, around 40 events were held on the subject of translating in 31 cities worldwide. The goal of this activity is to make literary translators’ work more visible. An interview with the chairman of the association’s board.

Nominated for The German Senior Citizens’ Awards

The elderly of today are pioneers for the generation of tomorrow. They break stereotypes and successfully change social clichés. The Robert Bosch Stiftung launched the German Senior Citizens’ Awards to celebrate the extra years of life we have gained.

Opening of the UWC Robert Bosch College

The first United World College (UWC) in Germany opened its doors on September 23rd. Students from 70 countries will live, learn, and earn an internationally accredited diploma here together. The UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg is the largest individual project in the history of the Foundation.

The New UWC Robert Bosch College Magazine

This magazine provides all the details and background information to the opening of the UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg, a pre-university college for students from around the world, including the concept, construction history, and the launch of the first United World College (UWC) in Germany.

Good Prospects for Educational Federalism

A few weeks ago, the governing parties agreed on how to distribute the billions set aside in the coalition agreement between national- and state-level education. This has resulted in a more relaxed scenario with regard to the ban on cooperation in the field of science. In terms of the major challenges in the field of education, however, additional efforts are required in order to continue to develop educational federalism in Germany.

Bellevue Programme Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

At a reception at Bellevue Palace, German Federal President Joachim Gauck praised the European perspective of the program, which not only strengthens European administration but also helps to contribute towards a stronger sense of European identity.

2014 China-Germany Media Forum

Prominent German and Chinese journalists and editors met in Beijing for the 5th Media Forum China - Germany. The forum, organized by the Robert Bosch Stiftung together with the Global Times, was held under the theme "Treatment of minorities and integration in the PRC".
August 2014

Study: Youth Unemployment in Europe

The study illustrates how unemployment among young people has developed in recent years. It diagnoses the major structural hurdles young people face when entering the workforce and recommends general measures which should be taken. The focus is on southern European countries: Spain, Italy, and Portugal.

UWC: The School Students Have Arrived!

Under a clear, blue sky and to the enthusiastic greetings of welcome from school administrators and educators, over 100 male and female students arrived at the UWC Robert Bosch College. Now, a few weeks before the school’s official opening, the international college is finally filled with life.

On a Search for Freedom

"Freedom to me is being able to make the important decisions in life yourself." Students from Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg who receive support from the Foundation on their path to earning their Abitur came together for the Summer Academy at Lake Constance.
July 2014

Travel to Europe - Kick-Off in Berlin

Equipped with an Interrail train ticket, a total of 150 students from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia kicked off their four-week trip through the European Union in Berlin. For many of them, this is their first opportunity to visit neighboring European countries and experience Europe.

It's the Investment Climate, Stupid!

Visiting the Robert Bosch Stiftung, German Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble spoke about budgetary and fiscal policy in Germany and Europe.

Photo Book on Our Project Work

In this photo book we would like to present a selection of our current foundation activities in all their diversity and to paint a picture of everyday life for the people involved in our programs. We asked 16 students of photojournalism at the University of Hanover to visit the projects.

Citizen's Festival

On Saturday, July 5, 2014, we opened the Foundation's park and buildings in Stuttgart and invited our guests to take a look behind the scenes of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and learn more about our work.
June 2014

50th Anniversary Celebration

On June 26, 2014, the Robert Bosch Stiftung celebrated its 50th birthday with friends and partners. The anniversary's slogan is "50 Years Shaping the Future."
50 Jahre Robert Bosch Stiftung

50th Anniversary of the Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. In the span of 50 years, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has provided funding for over 21,000 projects. The anniversary's slogan is "50 Years Shaping the Future".

The Robert Bosch Academy: New Impulses for the Key Issues of Our Time

On June 20, 2014, the Robert Bosch Stiftung officially inaugurated its newly established Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin as a leading multilateral and interdisciplinary forum on the global challenges of the 21st century.

The Bosch Fellows: 500 German Ambassadors in the United States

For the past thirty years, the Foundation has brought the Bosch Fellows to Germany - young, future American leaders who are invited by the Foundation to spend nine months working in business, politics, media, and other social institutions. As a result of this experience, they become ambassadors for Germany.

The Countdown to the UWC Has Begun

In a few weeks, the students of the UWC Robert Bosch College’s inaugural class will arrive in Freiburg. Their rooms are almost ready for them to move into. A sample room was already presented to the media. The students will come from a total of seventy countries, including Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, the Philippines and Africa, as well as the United States and Canada.

2014 German School Award

The "Anne-Frank-Realschule" in Munich won the 2014 German School Award. From all over Germany, 15 schools had been nominated and participated in the award ceremony in Berlin. The award was launched to honor educational achievements and help make them usable to improve the quality of schools all over Germany.
May 2014
Joachim Gauck

Gauck Praises Commitment to East Germany

Federal President Joachim Gauck has called on the foundations to focus on East Germany. "Who wants to strengthen civil society in a region should strengthen the foundations," Gauck said at the German Foundation Day in Hamburg. As an example he mentioned the program "Land Reclaimers. Shaping the Future Locally" of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Rethinking Europe: Peace

European foundations met in Sarajevo for their annual general assembly "Rethinking Europe: Solidarity, civil society and political governance". Watch the video "European Foundation Centre 2014 - Rethinking Europe" for more information. The foundations published an urgent appeal to support flood victims in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Engaging with China: China’s New Foreign Policy

The crisis in Ukraine, conflicts with neighboring Asian countries, and China’s appearance on the world’s political stage. The Chinese ambassador to Germany, Shi Mingde, and the former German ambassador to China, Michael Schaefer, spoke about China’s new foreign policy role.

Hope for a Treatment or Even Cure

Few experts can diagnose so-called rare chronic diseases. Many of those afflicted are forced to spend years and sometimes decades heading down wrong paths. At the Bonn University Hospital, there is a new offer for patients without diagnosis.

Citizen's Festival

On Saturday, July 5, 2014, we are opening the Foundation's park and buildings in Heidehofstraße 31, and invite our guests to take a look behind the scenes of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and learn more about our work.

2013 Annual Report

The report for the year 2013, which is published for the first time as an online publication, offers the high points and focus areas of the work of the Foundation including all facts and figures.
April 2014

"Euro-skepticism" on the Rise?

Around 400 million Europeans will have the opportunity to elect a new European Parliament in May. Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the first pan-European think tank, explains why only an alarmingly low number of them will go to the polls.

Congress-Bundestag Study Tour nach Indien

Während der Congress-Bundestag Study Tour nach Indien hatten Abgeordnete des Deutschen Bundestages sowie des US-Kongresses die Möglichkeit, sich mit den aktuellen Herausforderungen Indiens auseinanderzusetzen sowie globale Fragen der transatlantischen Agenda miteinander zu diskutieren.

The Film Prize for International Cooperation

The Film Prize for joint film productions by young German filmmakers and their partners from Eastern Europe was awarded in Wiesbaden. The winning film projects in the genres animation, documentary, and short film are "The Wellness Process", "The Wild Boar", and "Zeus’ Volkswagen".

Cossu - the Best Political Rapper in Germany

24-year-old rapper Cossu from Heidelberg has been named Germany’s best political rapper of 2014. Cossu, who was up against a total of 229 up-and-coming rappers in the competition, took part in the final alongside 24-year-old Mars One from Düsseldorf (second place) and 21-year-old Icarus from Oberhausen (third place). The final featured numerous well-known politicians as "staff members".

A Bridge to the East

The Robert Bosch Stiftung has supported German-Polish relations for 40 years. Originally a pioneering achievement, the Foundation’s work has created a close-knit network that remains intact today. An exploration of a long friendship.

Brazil–Europe: a Relationship of Equals?

Samba, soccer, and caipirinha? In recent years, Brazil has experienced an economic and political upsurge and can now carry itself more confidently on the international stage. The country’s development, foreign policy, and objectives were the subject of this year’s Stuttgarter Schlossgespräch.
March 2014

The 2014 German School Award Nominees

"Putting wings on learning!" This is the slogan of the German School Award, which honors educational achievements and helps make them usable to improve the quality of schools all over Germany. For this year's award, 15 schools were nominated by the jury.

Same Qualification - Unequal Opportunities

Young people with a migrant background in Germany are the victims of discrimination in the allocation of training position.
Talent im Land

Grants for Gifted High School Students

The "Talent im Land" scholarship program helps gifted, educationally ambitious, devoted and socially involved 8th- to 12th-graders to work towards their school-leaving examination (Abitur).

Protecting Great Apes and Their Habitats

The ever-growing local and global resource hunger poses a major threat to the existence of the habitats of great apes in the tropical regions of Africa and Southeast Asia. As Robert Bosch Junior Professor, Dr. Hjalmar Kühl is searching for new approaches to reduce the negative consequences.

Adelbert von Chamisso Prize 2014

The Robert Bosch Stiftung awarded the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize for the 30th time on March 6 in Munich. This year the literature prize went to Ann Cotten (center), and the two promotional awards to Dana Ranga (left) und Nellja Veremej (right).

Robert Bosch Stiftung Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Since its founding, the Foundation has used over 1.2 billion euros for charitable projects. Join us in our celebrations throughout this year and find out more about us and our work.
February 2014

Film Prize for German-Arab Projects

Three German-Arab projects of young filmmakers have been awarded at the Berlinale and can start now. The awards went to a short film, a documentary and an animation.
January 2014

The Robert Bosch Stiftung’s New Year’s Reception

The Foundation welcomed around 300 guests from politics, civil society, media, science, and culture at its Berlin Representative Office.

Liberty versus Security?

A panel discussion in Berlin on "The Future of Common Values in Transatlantic Relations" on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.

"Wow! I Like Your Ideas!"

A delegation of Young Ideas for Europe participants from 10 EU Member States came to Brussels to hand over their European Action Plan 2013. EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard praised the praised the youngsters for their ideas, their discipline, and agreed "that Europe can and should do better".

2014 German School Award: Top 20 Schools in Competition

"Putting wings on learning!" This is the slogan of the German School Award (Der Deutsche Schulpreis). The award was launched to honor educational achievements and help make them usable to improve the quality of schools all over Germany.

New Partnership with the Brookings Institution

Through publications and at events, the Robert Bosch Senior Fellow will give American decision makers and the general public a better understanding of economic, social, and domestic policy trends in Germany and Europe as well as German views on the relationship between the two countries.

United World College: Freiburg Supports Renovation

An old monastery in Freiburg is becoming an international school - the first United World College (UWC) in Germany. The city of Freiburg supports the renovation of the monastery with 538,450 euros.