International understanding, or Völkerverständigung in German, is a core issue of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the major German foundations associated with a private company. Established in 1964, it represents the philanthropic endeavours of Robert Bosch (1861–1942), focussing on the fields of science, health, international relations, education, society, and culture. Robert Bosch was a firm believer in the importance of fostering international understanding. Initially he devoted his efforts to the reconciliation of France and Germany. Today, the Robert Bosch Stiftung is active in all 28 EU member countries and neighboring European countries as well as Russia, Japan, India, China, the USA, and Turkey. Bringing people together is the most important tool for creating international understanding and establishing durable foundations for communication and cooperation between Germany and other countries.
Zentrum für Medienkompetenz - Center for Media Competence
The Center for Media Competence (CMC) is a centrally administered institution of the University of Tübingen and works closely with the Institute of Media Studies also at the University of Tübingen. The CMC and the Institute of Media Studies offer a series of courses together that focus on the worldwide phenomenon of a constantly changing media landscape. They respond to the increased and politicised presence of the media in public and private spheres with an integrative goal. The courses offered are designed to strengthen professional competencies while simultaneously imparting important vocational skills. The CMC and the Institute associate itself proudly with established media professionals who teach here regularly. During their time here, students have a chance to not only learn the finer aspects of film production but also produce commercially viable films and media applications while supporting research and teaching at the CMC.
Additionally the CMC is an active member of the HD Campus TV - High Definition television for the state of Baden-Württemberg, funded by the States’ Media Broadcasting Authority. Another important partner of the CMC is the Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württtemberg (MFG) which regularly supports the FestivalTV during the biggest French Film Festival in Germany, annually taking place in Tübingen and Stuttgart. The CMC is also the broadcasting base of Radio Micro Europa in Germany, a network of radio stations funded by the EU at about ten universities all across Europe. The CMC, along with the Institute of Media Studies is committed to supporting a free and independent media. In order to strengthen this position, it intends to become a part of a worldwide network of International Media Centers, currently developed by the International Media Center at the HAW Hamburg.