The two partners in the Robert Bosch College UWC GmbH are the Deutsche Stiftung UWC – the German UWC National Committee – and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
The Deutsche Stiftung UWC contributes the experience of the international UWC movement and 12 United World Colleges. Currently Deutsche Stiftung UWC offers around 25 young people from Germany the chance to attend a UWC each year: a college or school at which young people from a wide range of nationalities, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds study together, speak the same language and complete an internationally recognized high-school diploma – independent of their financial situation. The Deutsche Stiftung UWC has been responsible for the selection of applicants and the funding of scholarships since its foundation in 1995. Further key aspects of the National Committee´s work are public relations, the support and guidance of current students and their parents as well as the cooperation with the colleges and international UWC organization.
UWC has gathered prominent support over the years: Nelson Mandela is Honorary President. Her Majesty Queen Noor is President of UWC International. Other high profile members of society have supported the movement, the colleges and schools. The office of Deutsche Stiftung UWC is located in Frankfurt am Main and relies mainly on the work of around 80 volunteers, mainly UWC alumni.
The partnership of Robert Bosch Stiftung and Deutsche Stiftung UWC is organized as a limited liability company with the two shareholders owning the school´s legal entity Robert Bosch College UWC GmbH (RBC UWC GmbH) and sharing its governance. Together with the Robert Bosch GmbH, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has invested around 40 Million Euros in the renovation, reconstruction and transformation of the Carthusian monastery in Freiburg into a UWC campus. Besides this largest single investment ever made in the history of its Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung contributes to the school initiative with is unique experience from the Deutscher Schulpreis (national competition for schools in Germany) and by covering a significant part of the recurrent costs.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major corporate foundations in Europe. It was established in 1964 and acts in honor of Robert Bosch´s (1861 – 1942) entrepreneurial vision, political farsightedness, moral fortitude and charitable initiatives. Its active work includes the fields of international understanding, education and health care. The Foundation has outstanding expertise in supporting innovation and development in education. An example is the Deutscher Schulpreis: This award, granted together with the Heidenhof Stiftung since 2006, has become a benchmark and inspiration for schools in Germany seeking to improve their pedagogical approach. It acknowledges the efforts of schools, which, through their ideas and successful implementation, have become role models for other academic institutions. Recipient schools are judged according to six categories: performance, handling of diversity, quality of teaching, responsibility, school life and school as a learning institution.
The state of Baden-Württemberg (10.7 Million Residents) is one of the most innovative regions in Germany and home to some of the best schools and universities in Germany. Many well-known research institutes and technological enterprises are situated in the south-west of Germany. The State has a determined interest in the facilitation and support of international understanding and has, for decades, cultivated its relations with its neighbors and partners all around the world.
The B. Braun Melsungen AG is one of the world´s leading healthcare suppliers with an annual turnover of more than 4.5 billion Euro (2011). The company employs more than 40,000 employees in over 50 countries.
The Heidehof Stiftung was founded 1971 by Robert Bosch jr. and his sister Dr. Eva Madelung. It supports projects within the fields of education, health care, ecology, and works with people with disabilities. As agency of facilities in geriatric welfare, workshops for people with disabilities and psychiatry for youth it also assumes responsibility for the execution of various projects. Together with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, it awards the Deutscher Schulpreis each year. The intention is that the Heidehof Stiftung provides support services, including kitchen and maintenance through an integrated staff programmes employing people with disabilities.
The City of Freiburg has declared its full support for the UWC Robert Bosch College school initiative as well as the renovation and reconstruction of the monastery. Through its Green City status, Freiburg will be an exceptional partner, furthering environmental sustainability as central issue at the UWC Robert Bosch College.