Established in 1964, The Robert Bosch Stiftung (Foundation) is one of the largest foundations in Germany.

 

Before Robert Bosch passed away, he ensured that his organisation would remain charitable, and created the Robert Bosch Stifttung. Robert made sure that the business remained family owned, with 7% of shares and voting rights remaining with the Bosch family, 92% of shares for the Foundation,  0.01% of shares with RB Industrietruehand KG Trust and 1% of shares for Robert Bosch GmbH.

Each year, a donation is given to the foundation, which helps to continue research and development, as well as fund new opportunities and projects.

 

The Foundation focuses on four main program areas:

 

• Health and Science

• Education, Society and Culture

• International Relations with Western Europe, America, Turkey, Japan and India

• International Relations Central and Southern Europe, CIS and China

 

The first major project of the foundation, was the building of the Robert Bosch (RBK) Hospital in Stuttgart. The hospital originally opened in 1936, and later re-opened in 1973 after renovations.

 

Now a modern day hospital, the hospital went through several renovations and re-adjustments to make sure it was of the highest quality. A research program was developed with the University of Tuebingen. Later on, buildings were constructed for a Cardiac Surgery Department and a Clinic for Geriatric Rehabilitation.

The most recent developments in the hospital were completed in 2007 and 2008, with an Emergency deparment as well as an Ambulatory Surgical Center.

 

A total of 1,350 employees provide care for the 850 patients.

 

Under the Education, Society and Culture program, The Stiftung holds competitions for schools and students, with awards such as the German School Award which rewards schools based on six criteria: academic achievement, approach to diversity, quality of instruction, responsibility, school culture and school development.

 

Culture also features the Co-Production Prize which is an award for young German filmmakers and their partners from either Eastern Europe or the Arab countries in the genres animation, documentary, and short film.

 

 

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