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Prizes and Awards

Brilliance and commitment – Norbert Lammert receives the award for his outstanding contribution to the German language

13 November, 2017:

This year’s awards went to Norbert Lammert, the project “Klasse! Wir singen” of the Singen e. V. nonprofit as well as the show “Sozusagen!”, aired by Bayerischer Rundfunk.

As the first politician in the series of award recipients, Norbert Lammer – the former presiding officer of the German parliament – received the Jacob Grimm Award for the German Language and reiterated his commitment to codifying the German language in the country’s constitution.  He stated that the sentence “our national language is German” would have done away the need for with numerous ideological debates over the past years.

The project “Klasse! Wir singen”, said Walter Kraemer in his speech, had done great things for the emotional health of children and the social cohesion of our country.  Daniel Keding, the project’s executive director, stated: “We want to make sure that the younger generation does not forget its songs and are working to further sustainability in singing.“

The show “Sozusagen!” at the Bayerischer Rundfunk was awarded the Institutionenpreis Deutsche Sprache – a German language prize awarded to institutions. Acting on behalf of the editorial team, host Knut Cordsen stepped forward to receive the symbol of the award, a glass block. He said: “Sozusagen!” is not a show for cultural pessimists. Instead, it serves to create awareness for what is wonderful about the language.

Jury member Anke Sauter praised the show in her speech: “The show is as multi-faceted as the German language itself.”

Over 800 guests attended the award show at the ballroom of the Kongress Palais Kassel.

Prizes and Awards

Germany Scholarship – Recipients 2017/2018

27 October, 2017:

During an hourlong celebration, the scholarships for the 2017/2018 academic year at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences were handed out. Congratulations to Otman Elammari (tri-national Civil Engineering), Samuel Frantz (Infrastructure Engineering), Christoph Rist and Tobias Zowada (Civil Engineering) and Sabrina Tölke (Construction Management and Economics).

Vocational Training

Support for urban planning

14 September, 2017:

In Kiev, the Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung (ESST) has agreed to partner with with KNUBA, the Kiev National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, as well as the SFB, a foundation for the promotion of building and construction, in order to extend support for urban planning and engineering. A winter and a summer school for young engineers with a specialization in urban planning have been instituted for 2018, as has the participation in a Ukraine-wide engineering competition and the continued support and modernization of university education in the urban planning sector. The resident expert is SFB Vice President Toralph Weise.


Exchange Projects

Ukrainian stonemasons visit Kaiserslautern

12 September, 2017:

By now, it has become a tradition: Every September, stonemasonry students from Lviv visit the master craftsmen school in Kaiserslautern. Here, alongside their German counterparts, they fashion elements for the baroque terrace garden in Kirchheimbolanden, whose revitalization continues to make progress thanks to the tremendous commitment shown by many stakeholders, especially Dr. Lydia Thorn Wickert ( In addition, the young stonemasons and carvers experience a cultural enrichment program that feeds their artistic and professional interests and have the opportunity to become acquainted with institutions of civil society and democratic institutions that showcase the diversity of German society.

Vocational Training

Cooperation agreement officially extended for 5 years

11 September, 2017:

In early September, the Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung signed an additional cooperation agreement with the education ministry of the Sverdlovsk region and its project partner of many years, the Ural College of Technology and Entrepreneurship in Yekaterinburg. This sets the stage for a continuation of the extremely successful partnership aimed at modernizing vocational training in the trades until the end of 2022. The project partners hope to multiply the results of prior projects at additional vocational colleges in the Sverdlovsk area and also update previously modernized trades up to the state of the art, both in terms of educational content and technology. The school exchange program with German vocational schools will also be expanded. In addition, the Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung hopes to make use of the experiences of its project partner for multiplication activities that reach beyond the Sverdlovsk area and Russia.