In light of dementia’s impact on society at large, it would be foolish to approach the issue purely from a medical perspective. Dementia has an effect on an increasing number of careers and areas of daily life. That’s why high-quality opportunities to receive advanced education and training on the subject must be available. One such program is Germany’s first multidisciplinary master’s degree program (MA) entitled "Care for People with Dementia," offered by the Witten/Herdecke University. The accredited degree program will begin in the 2012 summer semester.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung is offering qualified students scholarships of up to 8,000 euros from funds provided by the dependent Otto und Edith Mühlschlegel Stiftung. Applications were accepted for these scholarships until March 15, 2012. Further information about this scholarship can be found in the brochure about the degree program and on the program’s website.
This degree program is particularly noteworthy because it is not only geared toward the related careers in caregiving, but also toward professionals such as educators, attorneys, architects, or social workers. It has been designed as a part-time degree program that can be completed while working full-time. In addition to covering basic knowledge of dementia, the program will also cover the societal, economic, and sociopolitical dimensions of the disease in an interdisciplinary group setting.