China Insights brings international experiences to our desks at home during the ongoing Corona situation: Within the framework of a webtalk series, the project team regularly invites experienced China experts from academia, business, media and politics to talk to the members of the student forum about various aspects of the substantive debate on the world power. The talks focus on the importance of the topic for us as a young generation and are intended to show the corresponding implications and perspectives for students and young professionals. Journalists and book authors Kai Strittmatter and Frank Sieren as well as Prof. Dr. Doris Fischer, Chair of China Business and Economics at the University of Würzburg, have already taken part. We are looking forward to the next event!
Webtalk series with the Tönissteiner Kreis
Of course, our association was not idle in the pandemic year 2020 either! A special highlight, for example, was the Webtalk series initiated by the Tönissteiner Kreis, in which we were also able to participate. The digital networking via Zoom and Co. made it possible for us to travel around the world together, at least virtually, and to inform ourselves about the situation in different parts of the world. The situation in New York or the influence of Covid-19 on climate protection were of course just as important as (independently of the other topics) a talk on the Black Lives Matter movement and postcolonial structures. Despite the pandemic, we were thus able to use the good networking within the two associations to bridge the distances.
Movie Movement 2019: German-Belarusian film project
The film project “Movie Movement”brought together more than 20 young film-makers from Belarus and Germany. Within a total of two weeks, five short films were made in Minsk and Berlin. The project took place within the framework of the human rights programme “Europeans for Peace” of the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility, Future” and was organized in cooperation with the Belarusian NGO “Social Cinema Film Workshop”. During the first part of the seminar in Berlin, the participants developed ideas, formed different teams and started shooting. They then completed these at the second part of the seminar in Minsk. The films were shown at two premieres in Berlin and Minsk.
Colonialism – Not a thing of the past. Decolonize!
In response to the often very inadequate reappraisal of German colonial history, the project team “Colonialism – Not a thing of the past. Decolonize!“organized a workshop in which it analyzed the areas of history, society and globality in the context of a colonial world history.
Politics, we have to talk!
The project “Politics, we have to talk (Politik, wir müssen reden!)” prepared young people in a workshop to advize members of parliament on how to communicate on social media channels. Since successful communication is only possible through conversations at eye level and direct contact, the project brought young people and politicians into contact with each other and invited them to exchange ideas through communication channels that develop more sustainable structures for intergenerational exchange.
Between Borders (Reporting Trip in Ukraine)
Against the background of the military conflicts in the eastern part of Ukraine and the difficulty of obtaining unbiased information about them in Germany, a project team wanted to enter into talks with students in Ukraine and Russia in 2016 and draw a current picture of the mood in these two countries. In the summer of 2016, eight members of the student forum traveled individually to various cities in Ukraine and western Russia. During a one-week stay there, they accompanied students in their everyday life and got into conversation with people, both about the current situation as well as about the past and future dreams – the connection to the Student Forum and the Tönissteiner Kreis also allowed encounters with responsible persons from politics, economy and society.
Ray of Hope: Art Workshop
The project team “Licht | Blicke” (Light | Views) organized an art workshop where fugitives met German students for a day. By working together on a theme, a basis was created for building interesting acquaintanceships and new friendships.
The “Dein Einsatz” (Your Input) project links mentoring projects with a focus on education throughout Germany via a project-specific platform. Young people in Germany who wanted to get socially involved and did not know how and where to do so were given the opportunity to get involved via the platform.
The Bologna Reform and International Student Mobility
In the search for answers to the question of how the Bologna reforms affect the international mobility of German students, a project team developed a questionnaire which was sent to the members of the Student Forum in spring 2013. With the help of the results of the members’ survey, challenges, needs and obstacles for students with regard to the feasibility of stays abroad in the context of the Bologna reform could be identified. The results of the survey were summarized in a comprehensive discussion paper
Young Perspectives in Development Cooperation
he project “Young Perspectives in Development Cooperation” brought together students from both the global “South” and “North” for a weekend seminar in Berlin, where climate change was discussed. Giving a platform to a young perspective was important to the project team, since development policy debates in Germany are all too often one-sided and the young generation, which ultimately has to carry and implement the decisions, is rarely heard.
Sustainable Students Consulting
The “Sustainable Students Consulting” team discussed sustainability strategies with companies. Employees of leading management consultancies accompanied the project as coaches. In 2011, the project group, in cooperation with Deutsche Lufthansa AG, examined the sustainability efforts of various European airlines, the decoupling of emissions growth from passenger growth, as well as the future of mobility behavior in general. The results of the investigations were presented in a joint workshop with Lufthansa in November 2011.
“Counseling scientists” dealt with the role of female scientists in international policy advice. The idea addressed a deficit perceived by the project team in the transparency of the organisational structures involved. The project team used an Internet platform to give young scientists and students from STEM an overview of initiatives and organizations.
Hau rein: Haupt- und Realschüler international
In the project “Hau rein: Haupt- und Realschüler international,” teachers, students and representatives of exchange organizations and other initiatives that are concerned with the promotion of Haupt- and Realschule students came together to discuss formats for promoting the internationality of this target group. In addition, ways of implementing and establishing offers were worked out.
Law in Context
Law not only regulates and determines the structure of the state and its internal processes, but also relations with other states in the fields of classical foreign and security policy as well as in the field of economy and development. In the intergovernmental sphere, law is usually associated with European Community law, world trade law and other areas of international law. The project “Law in Context” had a different focus and looked at the role of national law as an object of interstate relations. In the context of a Sur-Place dialogue in Georgia, the project took a closer look at German law and German actors in international legal cooperation.
Newcomers in German Politics
The project “Newcomers in German Politics” was carried out from 2009 to 2013 in cooperation with the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and the Tönissteiner Kreis. Starting with an independent scientific-descriptive analysis of newcomers in the German Bundestag, which was conducted under the direction of Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bailer (ETH Zurich) and Prof. Dr. Peter Selb (University of Konstanz), lateral entry into politics was analyzed in detail. The results of the study were published as a book by Springer VS Verlag in March 2013. The study was followed by a normative discussion on the future integration of newcomers into German politics.
“Fortress Europe” was a project series of the Student Forum that examined migration at Europe’s external borders. Based on discussions with experts, responsible people and those affected, the project series aimed to contribute to the strengthening of the awareness of the situation of migrants and refugees at the borders of “Fortress Europe” as well as within Europe through targeted publications.
Binational Student Dialogues
FFive student dialogues with students from China, Turkey and Iran have taken place since 2007. The aim of the student dialogues was to connect students from two countries, to raise awareness among young people from both countries of common political, economic and social challenges, and to show diversity and different perspectives on a particular topic.
The „Schülerkolleg International“ is an ongoing project since 2007, which is organized and carried out together with the Tönissteiner Kreis. The motto of the program is “working worldwide”. The goal is to give motivated students from different backgrounds an insight into the variety of international professional fields, make them want to go international and help them with information and assistance to go international themselves.
Junge Villa Hügel
“Junge Villa Hügel” was an education policy project of the Student Forum in cooperation with the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. With the aim of defining requirements and a framework for the creation of a European excellence university, several workshops and working sessions were held with participants of the Student Forum and the Donors’ Association of German Science. The discussions resulted in an exemplary curriculum with various optional and compulsory modules, internships firmly integrated into the curriculum, and mentoring programs. The goal of studying at such a university was defined as the teaching of multilingual, intercultural and interdisciplinary skills.
Weimar Youth Forum
With the desire to further develop the trinational relations between Germany, France and Poland, the idea of a platform for regular exchange between students of the three countries was developed. The Weimar Youth Forum took place five times between 2004 and 2012 and offered interested young people the opportunity to discuss a current and transnational topic in depth
International Summer Academy
The “International Summer Academy” (ISA) was founded in 2000 by the Student Forum. In the context of the third International Summer Academy, the Politeia Network was founded in 2002 together with partner organizations from abroad. Today, the network counts more than 10 member organizations worldwide. As the central event of the Politeia Network, the International Summer Academy brings together a group of international students and young professionals and enables the exchange of ideas on internationally relevant topics from different perspectives.
The Student Forum was founded in 1999 as a platform for young and committed students to gain varied experience with regard to academic stays abroad and paths to international careers, especially within the EU and international organisations. The project work and the partnership with comparable international student organizations were also intended to provide a framework for gaining concrete leadership experience early in their studies.