The accolade “Academic Foundation of the Year” is bestowed by the German University Foundation (DUS) and the publisher Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke, accepted the certificate on behalf of the Gerda Henkel Foundation. As he stated in his acceptance speech, in the coming five years the Gerda Henkel Foundation will be supporting the German University Foundation scholarship programmes TANDEM and Welcome with up to 20 scholarship years for doctoral students of humanities subjects. Former Bavarian State Minister of Science, Research and the Arts and Member of the State Parliament Dr. Thomas Goppel gave the laudatio.
Further awards were bestowed in the categories “Goethe Media Prize for University and Scientific-Political Journalism”, “Rector of the Year”, “Science Minister of the Year”, “Student of the Year”, “Aspiring Scholar of the Year”, and “University Professor/Lecturer of the Year”. The journalist Gundula Gause was the evening’s host.