September 16, 2015

Practice for the professionals of tomorrow: The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is cooperating with the Neuköllner Albrecht Dürer High School

Starting this school year, technophile students from Neukölln will have the chance to familiarize themselves with the various possibilities in the field of applied research at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute.

Today Prof. Dr. Martin Schell, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer HHI, signed the cooperation agreement with the Albrecht Dürer High School, along with headmaster Rainer Kistermann and the City Councilman for Education of Neukölln, Jan-Christopher Rämer.

In the future, students with technical or scientific interests will be given the opportunity to participate in guided tours of the Fraunhofer HHI and participate in discussions with the researchers at the Institute. Additionally, as part of a career day, employees of the Fraunhofer HHI will discuss job prospects in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the researchers of tomorrow.

Jan-Christopher Rämer stated: “The fact that the Albrecht Dürer High School is now signing the cooperation agreement with a strong and respected institution, such as the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, is the logical outcome of the efforts by school management to strengthen their school’s identity as a center for the promotion of gifted students in Berlin. I would like to thank the Institute for opening its doors to boys and girls who are enthusiastic about science. "

Fraunhofer HHI is performing research for the communications world of tomorrow, today. This also includes the promotion and training of young scientists. Through this cooperation, the Albrecht Dürer High School aims to bring their students closer to applied research and enable them to access perspectives on technical and natural sciences beyond the framework of school.

Around one million students have elected to study STEM subjects during the Winter Semester 2013. An ascending trend.

In order to maintain Germany’s ranking as a leading location for science, research and technology, the STEM sector should to be more heavily advertised as an attractive and varied career field. This is the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute’s mission.