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Main image: Students get a personal tutor in program ‘Weichenstellung’. © Frederika Hoffmann Top: Campus of the Bucerius Law School. © Ronald Frommann Above: ZEIT Schülercampus 2012 - ‘More migrants become teachers’. © Frederika Hoffmann
Promoting a liberal-minded civil society Hamburg’s not-for-profit ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (ZEIT Foundation) has been a pioneer of promoting a cosmopolitan, active and civil society since it was founded by sponsor Gerd Bucerius in 1971. While promoting innovation in and access to education, it also advocates art and culture, as well as supports free and independent media in Eastern Europe. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF I PHOTOS: FREDERIKA HOFFMANN I RONALD FROMMANN
With around 1,250 of them, Hamburg clearly is Germany's centre of foundations and a liberal spirit throughout the populace is omnipresent. The ZEIT Foundation's sponsor, Gerd Bucerius, was a lawyer, politician and publisher who founded the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT in 1946. Since then, Hamburg’s and Bucerius’ liberality shaped the paper and the foundation. Today, it fosters science, research, art, culture and general education and is known for initiating interesting debates about political and societal topics. ”We need to ask what we ourselves can do to find solutions for present and future challenges,”Dr. Michael Goering, chairman of the executive board, notes. A charitable institution with an entrepreneurial
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approach, the ZEIT Foundation created the Bucerius Law School and the Bucerius Kunst Forum. The private law school takes on 115 highly gifted students annually for a fiveyear law education to foster the talents of tomorrow. The Bucerius Kunst Forum impresses with four big annual exhibitions and a rich supporting program. From the 10 October until 17 January 2016, the Kunst Forum will host the exhibition From Poussin to Monet. The Colours of France for example. ”We foster talented students but we also offer programs for children and teenagers from less-educated backgrounds,”Goering explains. One example is the program 'Weichenstellung’ in which students get a per-
sonal tutor in their spare time to awaken interest and help them obtain a school-leaving qualification. Another program addresses young graduates with an immigration background. ”We want to convince more young people to become teachers - whether they're from Iran or Turkey. We believe that it's important for Germany's educational landscape to have teachers with a similar background as a lot of students today,” Goering says. With an office in New York, the ZEIT Foundation is also active internationally. Many international programs, such as Bucerius Summer School On Global Governance which brings together 30 different nations, are examples for this. The ZEIT-Stiftung has established itself as an institution which seeks to enrich our society with a clear objective and a smart strategy. Goering concludes: ”We want to inspire, make a difference and achieve long-term effects.” www.zeit-stiftung.de
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