ELITE NETZWERK BAYERN

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Historical Highlights

Bavaria has a long tradition of support for outstanding young talents. The beginnings date back to 1852 when King Maximilian II of Bavaria founded the institution “Maximilianeum" which still exists today and which aims at enabling the highly-gifted Bavarian secondary school graduates to fully concentrate on their academic work at a Munich university. In 1966, the Bavarian state government added its own state scholarships for the highly gifted by passing the Bavarian Gifted Student Legislation (BayBFG). In 2004 it was reformed to become the Bavarian Elite Support Act (BayEFG) and integrated into a master concept for the promotion of young talents, the Elite Network of Bavaria.

2002

In autumn the Bavarian state government reaches the basic decision to found the Elite Network of Bavaria. A working group which consists of Prof. Helmut Altner, Prof. Walter Kröll, Prof. Olaf Kübler and Prof. Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker starts its work and advises the Free State of Bavaria on how to implement an Elite Network of Bavaria. 

2003

The state government and the state parliament provide 223 high quality positions for the Elite Network of Bavaria. Thanks to the generous support of the Bavarian business association (“Vereinigung der bayerischen Wirtschaft"), the Elite Network receives additional start-up financing of 14 million Euros.

A top-class commission chaired by Prof. Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker – at that time president of the German Research Foundation – starts its work in the summer. Its main initial task is to choose the best study courses the Bavarian universities can offer. From then on, the commission meets regularly and assists the development of the Elite Graduate Programs, the Doctorate Programs and the Elite Network as a whole .

 

Head of the Commission Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker (middle) with Prime Minister of Bavaria Edmund Stoiber (left) and State Minister of Science, Research and the Arts Thomas Goppel at the official kick-off of the Elite Network of Bavaria (right)

2004

Official start of the Elite Network of Bavaria in the presence of Minister-President Dr. Edmund Stoiber, State Minister Dr. Thomas Goppel and the commission and with the participation of all the elite projects in the Pinakothek der Moderne museum on November 22.

Start of the first ten Elite Graduate Programs and six International Doctorate Programs in the winter semester 2004/05.


2005

The Bavarian Elite Support Act (BayEFG) comes into effect from April. It replaces the former Bavarian program for the sponsorship of the academically gifted (BayBFG).

Cooperation agreement between the Elite Network of Bavaria and the Bavarian Elite Academy.

From now on, the Universität Bayern e.V. carries out the selection procedure for the graduate and postgraduate scholarships as provided under the BayEFG.

The student support program as provided under the BayEFG is from now on carried out by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, which also helps to develop the Max Weber-Program of Bavaria.

Internal evaluations of the Elite Graduate and Doctorate Programs are started by means of standardised surveys of students, doctoral students and spokespersons. The surveys are henceforth conducted once a year in order to ensure a consistently high level of quality.

Official start of the Max Weber-Program of Bavaria, inaugural event on December 5 in the Neues Museum Nürnberg in the presence of the Minister of Sciences Dr. Thomas Goppel and the president of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Prof. Gerhard Roth.

2006


Prof. Wolfgang Frühwald (†) chairs the inaugural meeting of the advisory board for the Bavarian Elite Support Act (BayEFG). Henceforth it meets regularly and assists the development of BayEFG support for students, graduates and postgraduates.

The first official graduation ceremony of the Elite Network of Bavaria takes place in the Würzburg Residenz. Two years after the start of the Elite Network, the first hundred alumni of Elite Graduate and Doctorate Programs receive their diplomas from the Minister of Sciences Dr. Goppel. From now on graduation ceremonies are performed once a year.

The coordination office of the Elite Network of Bavaria publishes its first brochure "Elite Network at a Glance".

  • Elite Network at a glance
  • The bilingual brochure contains important information concerning the Elite Network of Bavaria. (Published: April 2006)
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2007

More Elite Graduate and Doctorate Programs start in the winter semester 2006/07. 21 Elite Graduate Programs and 11 International Doctorate Programs have now been set up.

The five Doctorate Programs from the first round apply for a continuation of the funding. In all five cases the expert assessors find the quality is excellent and approve the applications.

 

2008

The seven Elite Graduate and the five International Doctorate Programs from the second round apply for a continuation of the funding. The expert assessors testify an outstanding quality to all of these programs, too. All the applications are approved.

For the first time the Elite Network of Bavaria hosts the Bavarian Evening at the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

The number of members in the Max Weber-Program is continually growing. In November the one thousandth member of the Max Weber-Program is welcomed.

 

2009

Evaluation of requests for a continuation of the funding of three Elite Graduate Programs and one International Doctorate Program.

For the first time the Elite Network of Bavaria sponsors and produces the conference bags of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

Cooperation with the Center for Advanced Training at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (Sprachraum), which from now on organises and carries out all the soft skill seminars of the Elite Network of Bavaria.

 

2010

General evaluation of the Elite Network of Bavaria. In October the evaluation commission, which is chaired by Professor Elmar W. Weiler, president of the Ruhr University Bochum, hands over its final report to State Minister Dr. Heubisch.

The implementing order of the Bavarian Elite Support Act is adjusted, so as to take into account, amongst other things, the two graduation classes at the Bavarian Gymnasium which graduate in the same year in 2011.

Evaluation of requests for a continuation of the funding of seven Elite Graduate Programs.

Symposium in Munich on the topic "Early Studies – Secondary School Pupils at University”.

 

2011

Further development of the Elite Network of Bavaria on the basis of the 2010 general evaluation of the Elite Network of Bavaria: In July 2011, the cabinet agrees to implement the plans by the Bavarian State Minister of Sciences, Research and the Arts, Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch. The successful concept of the Elite Network will be maintained and structurally optimized. International Junior Research Groups are to be established as a new fifth line of funding, the fifth so far.

Change in the implementing order of the Bavarian Elite Support Act (BayEFG): Increase in the scholarship allowance of the Max Weber-Program to 900, - € per semester.

Evaluation of requests for a continuation of the funding of three Elite Graduate Programs.

For the first time, the Elite Network of Bavaria is also opened for schools: In cooperation with the Bavarian State Ministry of Education the Elite Network of Bavaria invites highly-gifted pupils to participate in soft skill seminars.

 

2012

The first five International Doctorate Programs have been completed after a funding period of eight years. The Doctorate Programs stimulated the application for additional funding or provided the basis for further initiatives and projects. Thus, they demonstrate the sustainability of the established structures.

Three new International Doctorate Programs and one International Junior Research Group are recommended for funding by the International Commission of the Elite Network of Bavaria in this new call for proposals in humanities, social sciences and economics.

 

2013

Another six International Doctorate Programs have been completed after a funding period of eight years.

Elite Graduate Programs can be continued after the official funding period provided that funding is guaranteed by the University. Quality assurance is still carried out by the Elite Network of Bavaria.

In early summer the first meeting of the newly established Strategy Board takes place. This is, in addition to the International Commission, a further board assuring quality.  

Four new International Doctorate Programs and four International Junior Research Groups are recommended for funding by the International Commission of the Elite Network of Bavaria in this new call for proposals in  humanities, natural sciences and engineering. All of them are approved by the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts.

 

2014

The Elite Network of Bavaria commemorates its 10th anniversary with a festive  celebration at Nymphenburg Palace. Most members as well as the chairman of the International Expert Commission of the Elite Network of Bavaria, Professor Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, retire from the commission. State Minister Dr. Ludwig Spaenle bids them farewell and introduces the new chairman of the commission, the president of the German Research Foundation, Professor Peter Strohschneider, as well as further newly appointed members of the commission.

The State Ministry develops a master concept for the promotion of young talents ranging from schools to universities in which the Elite Network of Bavaria plays an integral part.

 

2015

A new Junior Research Group in Humanities and Social Sciences starts within the framework of the Elite Network of Bavaria.

Six new Elite Graduate Programs in Natural Sciences as well as in Engineering and Computer Sciences are accepted for funding. These Elite Graduate Programs are to start in October 2016. Further calls for proposals for Elite Graduate Programs and Junior Research Groups in Humanities and Social Sciences are launched.

For 14 of the on-going Elite Graduate Programs continuation is approved with funding now being provided by the universities.

A comprehensive overall plan is being developed for schools as well as for the institutions of higher education with the objective of promoting every highly gifted student no matter what his/her education and social background is like.

 

2016

Dr. Spaenle, the Bavarian State Minister of Education, Science, and the Arts, assigns a commission of top-class experts to evaluate the Elite Network of Bavaria. This second evaluation takes place in 2016/17 according to the regular interval of seven years.

Six new Elite Graduate Programs in Natural Sciences as well as in Engineering and Computer Sciences start in October 2016.

In december 2016, two new Junior Research Groups in Humanities and Social Sciences are accepted for funding. They are to start within the framework of the Elite Network of Bavaria in spring 2017. In December 2016, four new Elite Graduate Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences are accepted for funding. These Elite Graduate Programs are to start in October 2017. Further calls for proposals for Elite Graduate Programs and Junior Research Groups in Life Sciences, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Engineering and Computer Sciences as well as Mathematics are launched.

For one more of the on-going Elite Graduate Programs continuation is approved with funding now being provided by the universities. Altogether, 15 of the 20 first Elite Graduate Programs can be continued after the official funding period of 10 years by funding guaranteed by the universities.
The scholarship allowance of the Max Weber-Program is increased to 1290 Euro per semester.
From November 2016, new Research Scholarships are handed out on improved conditions. The basic allowance is increased to 1400 Euro per month, the possible extension for parenting is expanded and the limits on additional earnings are extended.

 

2017

In June the evaluation commission, which is chaired by Professor Birgitta Wolff, president of the Goethe University Frankfurt, hands over its final report to State Minister Dr. Ludwig Spaenle. The Elite Network of Bavaria is an excellent role model for the promotion of highly gifted young talents.

Five new Elite Graduate Programs in Life Sciences and Medicine as well as two Elite Graduate Programs and five International Junior Research Groups in Natural Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences are to start in 2018. They are accepted for funding and receive approximately 22 million euros over the next five years.

Seven of 15 Elite Graduate Programs successfully applied for a second continuation with funding still provided by the universities. Continuation of the official funding period is approved for all seven Doctorate Programs for another four years.

The Elite Graduate Program "Neurosciences" at the LMU Munich is continued as a regular Graduate Program after the official funding period.