Cooperative alliance with Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Following a visit to Jerusalem in 1979, Reinhard Mohn and the president of the Hebrew University inaugurate the school’s “Quality of working life” program. This is the first of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s many activities aimed at supporting Israel’s schools and universities, strengthening German-Israeli relations and promoting German-Jewish dialogue.
International exchanges for young booksellers
In close cooperation with a number of organizations including the Association of the German Book Trade, the Bertelsmann Stiftung funds three-month internships so booksellers can benefit from work experience in other European countries and in the United States. In return, non-German booksellers are invited to take part in internships in Germany.
Study on the social integration of non-Germans
Little research has been carried out on the integration of non-Germans, especially those living in smaller cities and towns. To redress this situation, the Bertelsmann Stiftung begins funding a study in conjunction with the city of Gütersloh, which it publishes under the title of "Integrating foreigners -- Illusion or realistic possibility?" Between 1980 and 1983 the foundation sets up and funds two reading clubs for young Germans and non-Germans in Gütersloh.
Bertelsmann Stiftung moves into Bertelsmann AG headquarters
In autumn 1980, the Bertelsmann Stiftung -- which at the time has a staff of three: founder Reinhard Mohn, executive director Hans-Dieter Weger and Dr. Weger’s assistant Frau Mützlitz -- moves from its offices in Carl Miele Str. 198 to the Bertelsmann AG headquarters.