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The goal of our public relations work is to make our current activities and exemplary projects more visible. That’s why the people and initiatives that we support take center stage, both in our print publications and on our website. Lighthouse projects both large and small are given a special place.

Here, we provide short updates that reveal current happenings among our projects. In addition, we present in-depth reports and interviews that create a vivid picture of the initiatives that our foundation is privileged to enable and support.

To make this possible, our public relations team visits many of the projects together with the responsible project managers and gets to know the organizations and people on location.

We hope that these reports, in text and image, help to orient engaged individuals regarding possible support from the Software AG Foundation (SAGST) – and encourage them to tread new paths.

Highest Recognition: Witten/Herdecke University receives ten-year Accreditation

The mission of the University of Witten/Herdecke is written in large letters above the entrance: Here we grow
Photo: UW/H | J. Buldmann

Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H) – one of SAGST’s flagship projects – has successfully passed its fourth assessment by the German Council of Science and Humanities or Wissenschaftsrat, accrediting it for the first time for the longest possible period of ten years. It has also been granted the right to award doctorates for the same period.

Sebastian Bauer, SAGST project manager and long-standing supporter of UW/H, expresses his delight: “This outstanding assessment from the German Council of Science and Humanities is a testament to the exceptional calibre of teaching and research at Witten. As Germany’s first private university, UW/H has made history. To this day, it continues to be a source of pioneering initiatives – and at a high academic level.” In addition, the combination of specialised studies and interdisciplinary Studium fundamentale allows students to transcend the boundaries of their speciality and grow as individuals.

In its latest assessment – already the fourth institutional accreditation of UW/H – the German Council of Science and Humanities acknowledges the university’s encouraging development since 2018 as well as its challenging restructuring process. The university’s proactive adoption of innovative teaching methods and organisational structures since its founding has set a benchmark for higher education institutions nationwide. “Its characteristic academic profile allows it to fulfil social and academic requirements persuasively”, reads the statement. Moreover, UW/H has a good to very good student-to-staff ratio in all its departments.

The Council of Science and Humanities commends the students' remarkable commitment and engagement in university development and quality assurance processes. The assessment contains only a few recommendations, including a suggestion to make cross-disciplinary and cross-faculty research priorities more visible in practice through joint projects and to increase participation in competitive research funding programmes. The Council also encourages UW/H to maintain and expand in the field of nursing science.

“Many colleagues from all parts of the university and from our cooperating clinics have devoted themselves over the past few years to the further development of our university and the implementation of the requirements and recommendations of the German Council of Science and Humanities", says University President Prof. Dr. Martin Butzlaff. “After five years of extensive restructuring work and the concurrent growth strategy with high quality standards, this result is something to be proud of”, says Prof Dr Hans-Christian Pape, Chairman of the UW/H Supervisory Board. At the same time, it is an incentive to face future tasks with unwavering commitment.

Music therapy has a firm place in the therapeutic spectrum of anthroposophic medicine. Starting in March 2024, an in-service training programme at Alanus University in Alfter will teach its basics to artistic, social and health-related practitioners.

The Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychosomatik at the Darmstädter Kinderkliniken Prinzessin Margaret has been in existence since 2002. It has an outpatient clinic, an inpatient clinic with 22 beds and a day clinic with 10 treatment places. The sparse and uninviting premises will now be remodelled with the help of the friends’ association and a donation campaign spearheaded by Echo Media.

Community life rather than isolation: “Die gute Stube” at Munich’s Luitpoldpark has established itself as an inviting place for senior citizens to meet up and pursue common hobbies, cook and celebrate together. Since the restrictions due to the coronavirus crisis were lifted, the supporting association started expanding its activities.

The Waldorf Kinderhaus is on the western outskirts of Tutzing, surrounded by meadows and forests. Embedded in the cycle of the seasons and a vibrant community, the girls and boys there forge strong bonds with nature and grow up in a healthy rhythm that provides them with security and guidance as they mature.