Exchange between school and business at the third Management Symposium hosted by the Competence Center Economic Education

Künzelsau/Wolfegg-Alttann. 67 managers from schools and business met for the third Management Symposium on 8 and 9 May 2009 at the Landhotel Allgäuer Hof in Wolfegg-Alttann, Germany. The event was organized by the Competence Center Economic Education of the Charitable Würth Trust.

The objective of the two conference days was to promote an active dialog between schools and business. The participants, i.e. principals from the Tübingen area as well as HR managers and executives from local companies, discussed current topics and subjects from both areas in lectures and workshops.

“Building up and maintaining educational partnerships between schools and businesses is a key task of today's school development in Baden-Württemberg,” said Thomas Schenk, School and Business Coordinator in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, and Chairman of the Advisory Board for Economic Education.

The speakers on Friday included Ruth Berg, who is in charge of training at the Handtmann Group, as well as Peter Fratton, the founder of the houses of learning in Switzerland, Germany, Australia and Ecuador and a pedagogical consultant for Freie Schule Anne-Sophie, which is sponsored by the Charitable Würth Trust. A “World Café” in the form of a moderated talk round then offered the participants a chance to deepen the topics discussed on the first day of the symposium.

On Saturday, the six workshops on issues including “Basics and guidelines for HR development”, “Feedback culture and feedback instruments” as well as “Customer and service orientation in schools and business” invited more intensive discussions.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Boerner from the chair of management, leadership and strategy at Constance University brought the series of presentations of the two-day symposium to a close by lecturing on “Leadership in an orchestra: Art without artistic license?”

The event is to be continued in 2010 both for principals and HR managers and executives from business in the Karlsruhe area.

Competence Center Economic Education

The Competence Center Economic Education Baden-Württemberg is an initiative by the Charitable Würth Trust and was called into being by the entrepreneur Professor Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth in 2005.Main aim of the competence center is to bring schools closer to economic topics. There is a close cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Youth and Sports of Baden-Württemberg.