The Alumniportal’s new focus topic is called Setting out – People on the move. The focus of our attention will be Germany-Alumni who set out, who are on the move. But you also set out when you go on holidays or emigrate – or even if you are forced to flee from your home. Setting out often means learning a foreign language, becoming integrated into a new society or gathering intercultural experience. We will look at some of the social and political issues that arise from migration, professional mobility and tourism.

Setting out – People on the move

Education is a human right – and yet, according to UNICEF, 58 million children worldwide currently don’t have access to a school education and according to UNESCO, 781 million people are illiterate. As part of our focus topic, we would like to enter into a discussion with you: What is the significance of education today, both for individual lives and for social development as a whole? Which doors are opening – or maybe remaining closed – for women or people from low-income backgrounds in general?

Education.Opportunities.Prospects.

If we want today’s and tomorrow’s generations to have the same chances for a fulfilled life, we have to act sustainably on all levels. And this doesn’t only apply to governments or companies – sustainability affects all areas of our everyday lives! That is why our focus topic ‘Sustainable living’ addresses the question of how every one of us can contribute to a lifestyle that protects our environment and resources. 

Sustainable living

This was about people and projects that are committed to social and ecological issues – in their immediate surroundings as well as in the international arena. Under the heading of ‘initiate.participate.change.’, we presented options for getting active and examples for initiatives in civil society and politics taken by Germany-Alumni. Our #MissionResponsible competition invited Germany-Alumni to showcase their commitment to better cooperation and a more sustainable future on the Alumniportal. 

initiate.participate.change.

Could you imagine a life without e-learning, social media or online shopping? Today, almost every area of life is dominated by the Internet. This brings many benefits, but on the other side we are worried about a lack of privacy or personal isolation. In 2014, we focused on these developments: It was all about digital society. We had a look at specific examples, to find out how the Internet has changed society and how it shapes everyday life.

Digital Society