Parliamentary Breakfast „Heart, hand and head – international understanding through student and youth exchange initiatives”, October 2018 in Berlin
About twenty deputies of the German parliament could gain insight into the results of the access study during a meeting hold by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator beginning of October 2018. During a parliamentary breakfast they discussed by which means politicians can strengthen student and youth exchange initiatives for international understanding.
Together with our partners, we aim at improving the frameworks of international student and youth exchange programs. Our vision is to give all young people in Europe the opportunity of living and studying abroad as a natural part of their career development.
Dr. Maja Pfüger, Deputy Head of Department International Relations Europe and its Neighbours at Robert Bosch Stiftung is welcoming the participants of the parliamentary breakfast.
Conference „Results of the Access Study“, June 7th and 8th 2018 in Bensberg
The research institutes SINUS Institut, IKO Institut, Technische Hochschule Köln as well as the research project “Freizeitevaluation” (for more information on the institutions visit Website Access Study) presented the results of their research during a conference of the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and an academic conference at Kardinal-Schulte-Haus in Bensberg, Bergisch Gladbach to an academic audience. 80 participants working in different areas such as youth work, school, special needs for young people or community administration discussed the results of the access study. The conference was organized and hosted by the project coordinator Forschung und Praxis im Dialog (Köln).
Check with experts working in the field: participants could exchange about the results of the study in plenary session as well as in smaller working groups.
Results and Findings: Prof. Dr. Ilg. Fachhochschule Ludwigsburg shares insights in the study on "Underrepresented Participants" and the panel study.
Looking ahead: Participants discussed the findings of the study in focus groups and identified areas of action for government, youth work, sponsoring and science.
The ideas and recommendations made by the participants shall be part of publications and specialized articles that are planned to be written on the topic.
Personalities, Diverse Skills, Greater Social Engagement!” in Berlin on September 11, 2017
On September 11, 2017, more than 50 international school and youth exchange experts gathered at the representative office of Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin to learn about the structure and the expected findings of the access study. Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall, President and CEO of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, explains the importance of the access study for the Foundation: “As a Foundation, we want to help improve the general conditions of international youth exchange. The study is meant to help us develop a better understanding of the reasons why certain young people don’t participate in such programs. This will allow us to reach young people who currently don’t have access to exchange programs.”
Germany’s Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) was represented by State Secretary Dr. Ralf Kleindiek, who explained how the study aligned with the youth policy goals of his department. During the event, a lively discussion evolved about the social relevance of international school and youth exchange.
The expert discussion can be considered a milestone with regard to the use of the study’s findings. The goal is to get as many experts as possible involved in discussing the findings and recommendations.
The participants of the panel, Dr. Silke Borgstedt (SINUS-Institut), Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall (Robert Bosch Stiftung), State Secretary Dr. Ralf Kleindiek (BMFSFJ), Dr. Helle Becker (Expertise und Kommunikation für Bildung), Rolf Witte (Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung) and Dr. Werner Müller (transfer e.V.) discussed the conditions that are necessary to offer all young people an international experience.
Tayfun Senol shared his experiences of an international youth exchange.