BMW Group Award for Intercultural Learning

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Ever since 1997, the BMW Group has been inviting applications for the BMW Group Award for Intercultural Learning. The Award is divided into two categories, Theory and Practice, and invites academics in many disciplines, including education, to submit qualifying papers and research projects that represent innovative approaches to the advancement of intercultural learning. Entries should be closely aligned to the basic philosophy of the LIFE concept.

In the “Theory” category, we welcome papers submitted by academic researchers anywhere in the world, in any discipline, whose degree dissertations or other types of academic research project demonstrate a new approach to the advancement of intercultural learning and, moreover, are closely aligned to the basic philosophy of the LIFE concept. We particularly welcome innovative ideas in any discipline – from architecture to economics, from agriculture to urban studies, from linguistics to medicine, from education to psychology.

In the “Practice” category, we are looking for examples of innovative projects aiming to promote a better understanding of other cultures, languages or religions that have been realised in schools or nursery schools, as part of a parents’ or neighbourhood initiative, or in any public social establishment, or in connection with extracurricular sporting or cultural activities. We would like to encourage not only private individuals, but also groups and institutions, to enter the competition and present their projects to the international jury.

Prizes will be awarded to the three best practical projects; the jury also reserves the right to award a special prize for “Intercultural commitment”. The purpose of this special prize is to reward a person displaying exceptional commitment who has constantly endeavoured to promote international understanding (e.g. in the context of several projects and initiatives) and has thus rendered outstanding service to the propagation of intercultural learning.

You can find more details on the BMW Group’s website on the Categories, Philosophy and Topics of the award. The deadlines for this year’s application is: October 15, 2007.

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