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Wiedeking: “Interest in the sciences has to be awakened early on”233 Ferry
Porsche Prizewinners receive their awards in the Weissach Development Center
Stuttgart. Yesterday evening, Dr. Ing. h.c. F.
In his speech Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking, President and CEO of
The ongoing shortage of engineers in Germany, said Wiedeking, was becoming an increasingly great barrier to innovation, particularly for small and medium sized firms. In Baden-Württemberg alone, he continued, there is a shortfall of 15,000 engineers. In many enterprises, lucrative ordersare being lost to competitors in other countries, due to the lack of qualified personnel. “And this despite the fact that Germany has excellent universities which produce first class engineers and even Nobel Prize Winners”, the
Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Culture, Helmut Rau, also underlined the importance of the sciences for the competitiveness of German industry. “We need qualified, motivated engineers and scientists who will secure the future of our country with their ideas and inventions”, the Minister of Culture emphasized. The foundations for this are laid in the schools, said Rau, and referred to the introduction of a new subject “Science and Technology” (NwT) in the high schools, which has further strengthened the position of the sciences. “The purpose of NwT is to give children an appetite for research and discovery by plenty of experiments and a consistent ‘applied’ orientation. By making the lessons exciting, we want to awaken young people’s enthusiasm for studying science or engineering at university,” the Minister said.
It was Wolfgang’s father Ferry who first built a sports car. This was the Type 356 in 1948, a sports car which officially bore the name of
Once again, the highlight of the festivities in Weissach was the awarding of ten scholarships for traineeships abroad. The lucky winners are Tobias Beer (Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium Pfullingen), Maria Bruno (Rechberg-Gymnasium Donzdorf), Tobias Fissler (Friedrich-List-
Gymnasium Asperg), Sandra Hub (Hohenlohe-Gymnasium Öhringen), André Junker (Hebel-Gymnasium Schwetzingen), Merlin Morlock (Friedrich-Eugens-Gymnasium Stuttgart), Jens-Uwe Reitinger (Staufer-Gymnasium Pfullendorf), Lorenz Schmidt (Gymnasium Ebingen Albstadt), Steffen Strebel (Justinus-Kerner-Gymnasium Weinsberg) und Florian Weiser (Wilhelmi-Gymnasium Sinsheim). The winners have the chance to join one of the sports car manufacturer’s sales subsidiaries abroad for a four-week internship in the summer of 2008.