Brave pioneers in the area of education received the Leonardo – European Corporate Learning Award at Schloss Bensberg on September 24th 2012. The award ceremony, which took place as a prelude to the HRM Expo, saw the presentation of the award in three different categories for the first time. This was a natural consequence in order to emphasize the decisive aspects of the Leonardo idea of holistic education. Dr. Wilfried Stoll and Dr. h.c. Kurt Stoll; Managing Directors of the Festo Holding Company, received the award in the category “Company Transformation”.
Future trends for education and vocational training were underlined by the grand award ceremony of the 3rd Leonardo Awards. The 130 guests included not only members of the Leonardo Advisory Board but also those holding the laudatory speeches, Rainer Wieland, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Helmut Dockter, State Secretary for the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research, and Prof. Dr. Johan Löhn, President of Berlin Steinbeis University.
“Company Transformation”: Education also one of society’s tasks
The category “Company Transformation” awards personalities who have implemented holistic, innovative approaches to corporate learning and thus inspired other companies. The award winners in this category were the two owners of the automation company Festo. Prof. Löhn explained that Kurt Stoll, the “design whizz" and Wilfried Stoll, the visionary and businessman, have shown that it is possible to successfully unite and implement two different talents.
“We see this award as something that honours not only our own achievements but also distinguishes the overall performance of our Executive Board, our 69 Managing Directors in Germany and abroad, and our employees around the globe", explained Wilfried Stoll in his acceptance speech. “For us personally, this is an incentive to continue contributing towards technical education in Germany, Europe and the world.” The two men see this not only as a public duty, but also as a social commitment.
On this evening two more prizes have been awarded: In the category “Crossing Borders” Sugata Mitra, Professor for Educational Technology at Newcastle University in Great Britain, received the award. In the category “Thought Leadership” Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, President of the Fraunhofer Society, was given the award.
About the Leonardo – European Corporate Learning Award
In order to make the European economy more efficient and responsible, an initiative group involved in the HRM Expo established an award that distinguishes ideas that have a pan-European effect and provide new approaches to corporate learning. The “Leonardo - European Corporate Learning Award“ honours people who have initiated and put into practice “beacon projects“ for European education, and have thus become benchmarks for other participants throughout Europe. The award winners receive their awards annually in the autumn in Cologne – this year on the eve of the HRM Expo. After Prof. Jacques Delors, the long standing President of the European Commission and Chairman of the international UNESCO Commission on Education, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was the second laureate of the Leonardo Award.