Spirit of Commitment
One characteristic of the University of Mannheim is the high level of commitment shown by its faculty, staff and students. The students' involvement is not just academic. With a variety of projects, the University links achievements in teaching and research to making a contribution to society.
Research and Teaching with Social Added Value
With the results of their research projects, numerous chairs contribute their share to society. The Mannheim Centre for Empiric Multilingualism (MAZEM), for instance, conducts several projects in kindergartens and schools, especially to give migrant children an understanding of German. Another initiative, which is funded by the European Union, develops strategies on how to include the topic of human rights into the curriculum of universities of the western Balkans. Partners of this European project are the University of Prishtina, the University of Sarajevo, and the University of Belgrade among others.
MAZEM (German) | Political Science IV
Corporate Social Responsibility
As a member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) and subscriber to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), the University of Mannheim aims at educating its students to become responsible leaders. Hence, topics such as business ethics, (corporate) social responsibility and sustainability are an integral part of teaching and research. The commitment is further guaranteed by the Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Chair of Business Ethics.
Scholarships make an important contribution to a program of study. It is not just the financial aspect that is interesting, but also the non-material support that accompanies it. A scholarship that is used efficiently can provide important support when beginning a career.
The scholarship system at the University of Mannheim was developed in 2007. Currently, around 250 students receive funding. The University of Mannheim has one of the most differentiated scholarship systems among public higher education institutions in Germany, and cooperates with a large network of partners and sponsors. Students can benefit and gain diverse experience from this network. As well as the financial support, students are given important networking opportunities. Additionally, there are scholarships that are awarded independently.
A separate application process is in place for each scholarship through which students and degree applicants can apply for a grant.
Social or cultural engagement outside the classroom plays an important
role at the University of Mannheim. More than 30 student organizations
offer opportunities to get involved in business and social projects,
culture or the media. Your benefit is the opportunity to broaden your
social skills and to get to know like-minded people.
Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics of the University
of Mannheim was initiated by two students and a lecturer in
the year 2009. They were wondering whether the students of the university
shared values and how the students of Mannheim could fulfill their
responsibilities toward society. The student initiative enactus was
inspired by these ideas and consequently started their project "Code of
Ethics of the University of Mannheim" in 2010. Their goal was to develop
guidelines for ethical conduct at the university. The result is the Code of Ethics or "Mannheimer
Quadratur". It is an acknowledgment of values such as honest
commitment to studies, equal opportunities for all students and a renunciation
of arrogant and resentful behavior. Additionally, students expressed their
expectations regarding their study programs and committed themselves to be an
active part of the university.
The Code of Ethics can be signed upon logging into the student portal.
Renaissance of the Baroque Palace
With the unique projects "Renaissance of the Baroque Palace" and "Renaissance 2.0", the University of Mannheim has opened up to the city and public and strengthened the students' identification with the University. Renovation works are a large part but do not make up the entire project: all members of the University contributed to the project's success in one way or another, for example by workshops, exhibitions, performances, and joint repainting of the building. Sponsors have been inspired and public and private donors contributed 53 million Euro for the renovation of the Palace. Thanks to this, 24 lecture halls could be refurbished, 14 by means of major donors. One example of the sponsors' extraordinary commitment to the University is the Hasso Plattner Foundation, which contributed 10 million Euro to add stories to the library in the middle part of the Palace.
Could you think of a better way to present art than in the premises of a baroque palace? Intriguing exhibitions and collections on the University campus provide new and creative perspectives for students and staff. Paintings and sculptures in the Baroque Palace invite people to think outside the box and create a unique atmosphere to study and work. In recent years, internationally renowned photographers like Robert Häusser, Horst Hamann or Matthias Hangst have presented their work at the University of Mannheim. A range of neoexpressionist paintings can be seen in the Hasso Plattner Library, and works of the Würth Collection by the artist A.R. Penck create an intense atmosphere in the Senatssaal. Since 2011, modern paintings of young Chinese artists and internationally known graffiti artists form an art gallery inside the Schneckenhof library. With the aid of their art, Zhou Yilun, Zhao Bo, and Ye Quiang rebel against the babbittry of the Chinese middle class. The exhibition could be realized thanks to the commitment of Mannheim alumni.
Once a year, at the beginning of the fall term, the University of Manheim invites its freshers, current students, staff and the citizens of the region to celebrate together and enjoy a special atmosphere: several venues in- and outside the Palace provide the stage for a diverse mix of music, cultural performances, parties, guided tours, academic lectures and lounge areas with refreshments on hand.