MLP supports universities
The future of Germany and Europe depends greatly on the performance of universities. MLP therefore considers its support of universities and students one of its most important commitments. Indeed, we are among the largest and most reliable corporate partners to universities.
In the financial year 2008 we further expanded our cooperation with universities and fellowships. Predominantly to reinforce the Bologna objective of improved orientation in the world of work during studies at university, MLP now supports so-called public-private partnerships with around 40 universities, faculties and further cooperations in the career services field to help students gain a successful start to their career.
On October 16, 2008, MLP held its fourth expert conference, addressing current challenges in higher education and academic policies. The theme of the MLP University Day at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences was the internationalisation of research and education. High-ranking representatives from the university arena and the European Commission, the German Bundestag and the Foreign Office took part in the conference.
Support for over ninety student magazines within the scope of the ProCampus press initiative, as well as the annual convention of the German Federal Association for University Communication were further projects in the university focus in 2008. We also continued our many years of support for the endowed chair for university and scientific management at the German University for Administrative Sciences in Speyer. At the “Day of Scientific Management” at the MLP Corporate University on October 29, 2008, leading experts such as the president of the Free University of Berlin and “University Manager of the Year”, Professor Dieter Lenzen, gave lectures on topics including university management and marketing. Together with the “Stifterverband” and the Deloitte Foundation, MLP also facilitated a scientific study on the topic of “quaternary education” in the sense of further education as a business area of universities, and supported an expert conference dealing with the findings on November 19 and 20, 2008, at the MLP AG headquarters.
MLP supports mobility of students
Our nation-wide “Join the best” initiative also had the objective of strengthening the international mobility of students in the financial year 2008. In a competition with more than 3,400 participants, following several elimination stages fifteen talents won the opportunity to take up a work placement overseas at such global players as Allianz Group, Bertelsmann, BASF, PricewaterhouseCoopers and SAP. The 15 winners also receive planning support, insurance cover and a grant from MLP.