The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a political foundation close to the Social Democratic Party that promotes democracy and development around the world. The Opening Ceremony will be held at the FES Building at Hiroshimastr.17, 10785 Berlin. More information is available at www.fes.de.
With more than 1700 students and 135 classrooms, the John F. Kennedy School (JFKS) is a unique bilingual public school. Founded in 1960 as The German-American Community School, it was renamed in 1963 in memory of John F. Kennedy.
The school symbolizes the close ties between Germans and Americans and combines the strengths of German and American educational traditions – both German and English is equally respected as language of instruction. The curriculum and learning strategies encourage the development of young people to become responsible, democratic citizens and stimulate open-mindedness and critical thinking skills. The faculty, staff and administration constantly search for new ways to challenge each student intellectually and socially. Bilingual education and interaction with other cultures is key to learning tolerance and respect for others, a vital prerequisite for peace and understanding in the world. More information is available at www.jfks.de
The Freie Universität Berlin was founded on December 4, 1948, by students, scholars, and scientists with the support of the American allied forces and politicians in Berlin. The move was sparked by the persecution students had to endure who were critical towards the system at the Universität Unter den Linden, located in the Soviet sector of the divided city. Students and academics wanted to be free to pursue their learning, teaching, and research activities at the Freie Universität, without being limited by ideology. The seal of the university still features the Latin words veritas, justitia, and libertas – truth, justice, and freedom.
The Henry Ford Building houses the state-of-the-art renovated Max-Kade-Auditorium, with a seating capacity of 1200, as well as lecture halls and conference halls for the Academic Senate. More information is available at www.fu-berlin.de/en/