The content work of the Student Forum takes place in project groups, which form and organize themselves independently. The aim of the projects is to take up current social topics and provide impulses for public debate through a new, young perspective. There are hardly any limits to creativity in terms of formats and content – the students choose and design the projects themselves.
Each member can propose new projects and launch them in a project group. The regular events of the SF, such as the spring conference or the admission and creative colloquium in autumn for the new cohort, help in the search for new team members. The project group is in charge of the project: from the idea to the concept to the implementation of the project. The members determine the topics, look for sponsors, invite speakers and bring the project to a close. On the one hand, this requires a high degree of initiative, organizational talent and commitment, and on the other hand, it leads to results of which the members can be proud.
Our projects are linked by their societal impact. However, the areas change every year as our members dynamically shape and initiate the projects. Our current project classification is as follows:
In 2017/18, the Student Forum initiated a survey among members of political youth organizations. The data obtained has already been used in academic papers of our cooperation partner, the University of Basel. The basic idea of our project is to generate more attention for the evaluation of this great data set and to create a greater awareness of the importance of diversity in partisan politics in general.
The project idea and our goal is to bring together young digital talents and federal ministries and, by means of open data and new technologies, to solve current challenges in administration – for more participation, transparency and the strengthening of democracy. We, as the young generation, want to give the ministries a young perspective and contribute new ideas and interdisciplinary knowledge ourselves.
In the scope of this project, a strategy for more equity in the Federal Foreign Office will be developed from the viewpoint of the next generation. Based on interviews with diplomats, concrete proposals for action are given to the Federal Foreign Office.
The Federal Foreign Office (AA) has committed itself to ensuring that the diversity of German society is adequately reflected in the Foreign Service and thus promoting a modern approach to German foreign policy. In a participatory process, the project aims to address the obstacles to access to the Federal Foreign Office and the Bundestag and thus to contribute to an intercultural opening.
Networking and Skill Building
With the #hilferegister we want to create a central platform for social involvement in the Corona crisis. This will speed up everyone’s contribution to combating the corona virus and maintaining the system.
The German-Chinese Student Dialogue 2020 aims to bring together German and Chinese students and provide a platform for discussion on common political, economic and social challenges.
The International Summer Academy (ISA) was founded in 2000 by the Students’ Forum and is organized in succession by the members of the Politeia Network. It connects students and young professionals from the countries of the partner organizations and enables the exchange of ideas on internationally relevant topics from a variety of perspectives.
Mentoring and education
DemokraDu wants to empower high school students to participate in democratic processes at an early stage. To this end, we offer concrete and practical support – from organizing a public demonstration, starting petitions and running for a youth parliament to party membership.
This project is approaching the educational sector: the Schülerkolleg International (International Student College) is building an extensive network of both teachers and students in order to broaden the discussion with new perspectives and to promote young talent.
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Im Rahmen des Filmprojektes „Movie Movement“ trafen sich mehr als 20 junge Filmschaffende aus Belarus und Deutschland. Innerhalb von insgesamt zwei Wochen sind so fünf Kurzfilme entstanden, die in Minsk und Berlin gedreht wurde. Das Projekt fand im Rahmen des Menschenrechtsprogrammes „Europeans for Peace“ der Stiftung „Erinnerung, Verantwortung, Zukunft“ statt.
Was bedeutet Digitalisierung in der Industrie in Deutschland und China? Wie gehen beide Länder mit innovativen neuen Technologien um? Und was können Deutschland und China dabei voneinander lernen? Um diesen Fragen auf den Grund zu gehen, veranstaltete das Studierendenforum vom 24.-26. April 2019 den mittlerweile bereits fünften Deutsch-Chinesischen Studierendendialog.
Auch das Jahr 2019 begann für die Mitglieder des Tönissteiner Kreises und des Studierendenforums mit einer spannenden Jahrestagung voller Diskussionen und Denkanstöße. Vom 19. bis 20. Januar 2019 fanden die 61. Tönissteiner Jahresgespräche dieses Jahr zum Thema „ #data future – Schicksal und Chance“ statt.
Dank der finanziellen Unterstützung des DAAD gab es auch im Schuljahr 2018/19 wieder einen SKI Jahrgang aus 25 höchst motivierten Gymnasiast:innen. “#digitalfuture – Digitalisierung. Macht. Gesellschaft” lautet das Jahresthema des Jahrgangs. Die Schüler:innen schrieben in ihren Bewerbungen kreative und vielschichtige Essays zu der Frage “Wie sieht die digitalisierte Welt in 25 Jahren aus?”.
Characteristics of the project work
In terms of content, most of the projects have a strong degree of internationality. Among the projects to date have been research projects and conferences on topics such as the brain drain in Germany or the recruitment of politicians, study trips to Italy and Greece that provide a new perspective on the refugee issue on the ground, and many projects that promote international exchange (between students).
The formats are constantly evolving. In addition to the established conferences and study trips, new formats include workshops with schoolchildren or cooperation with companies. Particularly interesting is often the cooperation with our international partner organizations in the Politeia Network, such as the jointly organized International Summer Academy.
In their project work, the members benefit from the expertise of the members of the Tönissteiner Kreis. There is close coordination and consultation between the project groups, the representatives and the board of the Student Forum. The Tönissteiner award by the Tönissteiner Kreis is given to especially creative and ambitious projects.