Brandt School Universität Erfurt

The Haniel Foundation: Our Strategic Partner in Education

The Haniel Foundation is a non-profit foundation which was established in 1988 by Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH and is based in Duisburg. The Foundation's mission is to promote value-oriented entrepreneurship; build bridges between different social spheres; and facilitate international dialogue and knowledge-transfer for its projects.

As our strategic partner in education, the Haniel Foundation has contributed towards building up the Brandt School into one of the leading professional schools in Europe. The Foundation solidified its commitment to the Brandt School by granting it institutional funding for the first time in its history. Therefore, since 2008 the Haniel Foundation has been partially funding the Franz Haniel Chair for Public Policy, which acts as a reminder of the entrepreneurial pioneer and founder of the Haniel Holding, Franz Haniel (1779-1886).

The Brandt School and the Haniel Foundation share a commitment for entrepreneurial values and responsible leadership. With this goal the Brandt School has been training policy entrepreneurs in its MPP program since 2002 and developed entrepreneurship into one of the school’s four research areas. To further strengthen this focal area, the Foundation is funding the Aletta Haniel Professorship for Public Policy and Entrepreneurship since 2012.

Students showing excellence are supported through the Haniel Foundation’s prestigious scholarship programs, among them the Haniel Scholarships for young academics from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the Haniel Stipends for high-performing students from all over the world.

In addition to the scholarship programmes, the Haniel Foundation has supported the Brandt School’s activities in Eastern Europe by funding international cooperation projects with two prestigious Russian universities: The Moscow Institute for International Relations and the Higher School of Economics (HSE). 

Franz Haniel (1779-1868)

Franz Haniel was the pioneer of social enterprise in the 19th century.

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