Technological Innovation Promises to Reshape Global Economy

Advances in technology – from the Internet of things to artificial intelligence, automation and big data – promise to reshape the labor market and economy in dramatic ways, said Denis McDonough, former chief of staff to U.S. President Barack Obama, at the ninth annual Bertelsmann Foundation-Financial Times conference in Washington, DC.

Strengthening Economies

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Europe's companies consider themselves disadvantaged compared to Asia

"Made in Europe" under pressure: With innovative technologies and business models companies from newly industrialized Asian countries like China or India are challenging their European competitors. Europe's entrepreneurs say that the competition is more and more unbalanced - and wish for a stronger support by politics. read more

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Europe needs China – and vice versa

Beginning December 11, China expects the EU to treat it like a country with market economy status – as laid out in the agreement Beijing signed when it joined the WTO in 2001. But what consequences could follow? read more

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SGI 2016

Challenges for OECD and EU countries increase - problem-solving abilities in decline

Among the OECD and EU member states, the Nordic countries are still best equipped for the future, but their top position is wavering. read more

Improving Education

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Recognizing non-formal and informal competences

A new study shows: European countries need a binding validation system for non-formally or informally acquired competences. read more

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Foundations launch initiative for teaching and learning in a digitalized world

There are many offerings for digital education but a common strategy is missing. The Forum Education and Digitalisation shall change that. read more

Advancing Society

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Displacement's vicious circle: combating the causes, offering practical help

Why do more and more people flee from their native countries? What can we do against the reasons of escape and how can we help refugees in Europe? Our book with international authors tries to find answers. read more

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves receives the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

This year's Reinhard Mohn Prize "Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital." will go to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former President of Estonia. We award him the prize in honor of his pioneering work on the promotion of digitalization in government, education and public services. read more

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European economic crisis: Young people are hardest hit

High youth unemployment, people, who cannot live on what they earn despite working full time, and one EU citizen in four facing poverty: Despite an increasing employment rate in the European Union many challenges remain. read more


Competence cards

Recognizing and utilizing the potential of immigrants

With various partners we have developed "competence cards" for the immigration counseling in order to speed up the recognition and utilization of the immigrants qualifications and experiences. read more

Vitalizing Culture

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Singing Competition

Starting shot for the NEUE STIMMEN 2017: Apply now!

Our NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition starts into a new round. Apply until March 31 and start your Opera career! read more

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Singing Competition

Eleventh NEUE STIMMEN Master Class concludes with gala concert

Thirteen young opera singers from twelve nations took to the stage on October 29 for the concert concluding the 2016 NEUE STIMMEN Master Class. read more

Shaping Democracy

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Low and socially divided turnout harms Germany´s Democracy. To vote by mail - the only flexible way to cast one´s Ballot - citizens still have ... read more

Promoting Health

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The Digital Patient

Whereas all healthcare stakeholders agree that digitization is changing their field, there are many different views regarding the opportunities and limits inherent to this trend. Our project offers studies, strategic action plans and forums for debate. read more

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The nursing-care industry in Germany is struggling with international recruitment efforts

German companies remain reluctant to pro-actively recruit foreign workers. However, that is precisely what is needed today, as the example of the nursing-care industry in Germany makes clear. read more