The University of Mannheim is strong in research – as top positions in numerous rankings regularly show. Due to the internationalization of research, however, it is in competition with the best universities in Europe, the USA and Asia, which recruit young scientists with full-time scholarships and attract professors with better equipment and larger research budgets. The University of Mannheim cannot compensate for this competitive disadvantage with state funds alone.
For this reason, Dr. Hans-Peter Wild launched the best minds program in 2016 through a major donation together with the University of Mannheim Foundation. The aim of the program is to strengthen research projects at the University of Mannheim and thereby keep internationally sought-after scientists at the university or to win them over to them.
From the end of 2020, Dr. Wild now the University of Mannheim Foundation with another large donation totaling 2 million euros. The sum is distributed over five years with an annual payout of 400,000 euros.
“I am very happy to support the University of Mannheim in continuing to perform so well and in building its excellent reputation in the face of increasing international competition in the long term. First-class research benefits not only the university itself, but also economy and society – far beyond the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, ”says Dr. Hans-Peter Wild, owner of the Wild Group and initiator of the best minds program.
“With Dr. We have a person at our side who has an eye for the big and small things in this world and who is particularly concerned with the subject of education and the metropolitan region ”, says Prof. Dr. Thomas Puhl, Rector of the University of Mannheim. “His generous donation is a big step for us to make the university even more attractive for top scientists from Germany and abroad.”
The official starting shot for the large fundraising campaign was originally supposed to be the “Evening of the Best Minds” fundraising event planned by the University of Mannheim Foundation for the end of October. This had to be postponed due to the corona and should now take place in 2021 .