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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Promoting STEM education in Germany

As a future-minded telecommunications and technology company, we depend on well-qualified talent, in particular in the STEM img areas (science, technology, engineering, math). For this reason, we do a lot to introduce young people to these subjects, to get them excited about them and to improve education in the STEM subjects. It is particularly important to us to increase the ratio of women in STEM education. We are convinced that diversity helps us remain competitive around the world with good ideas and outstanding products and consolidate our position as an attractive employer. However, getting young women excited about an education in technology remains difficult. In our technical cooperative study programs we were able to increase the ratio of women from eleven percent in 2010 to 18 percent by the end of 2017 - but we don't consider this to be enough, by far.

Our contribution to the SDGs

Women's STEM Award International
With the Women's STEM Award, we hope to increase the attractiveness of STEM subjects and encourage women to choose careers in these areas. The prize is awarded annually in collaboration with the "audimax" student magazine and the "MINT Zukunftschaffen" (Creating a STEM future) initiative. It goes to thesis papers written by female graduates that focus on one of the following key growth areas: Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cyber security or networks of the future.

In 2017/18 female graduates from around the world could apply as well. 30 international thesis papers, for example from Finland, the UK, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Romania, Russia and the USA were submitted. The winners will be chosen on June 21, 2018 in Bonn.

RoboNight in Saarland
During the RoboNights at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Saarbrücken students are introduced to technical subjects in a fun way. At the RoboNight in November 2017, Deutsche Telekom was not only present as a sponsor, but also had a stand presenting future topics such as AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality). The participating student teams were given tasks in the context of a competition and had to solve them with their robots. The winning team got to enjoy a robot kit and an invitation to the Telekom Design Gallery in Bonn. There, they could see for themselves what will be possible with robots in the future, in virtual reality and in the connected home.

STEM projects of Deutsche Telekom Stiftung
Deutsche Telekom Stiftung sponsors STEM education with a number of projects, among them the STEM reading mentors, "GestaltBar – the digital workshop" for students at lower-level secondary schools, the mini-computer "Calliope Mini" for primary schools, the Junior Engineering Academy for secondary-level students (grade eight and higher), FundaMINT, a grant program for student teachers. Every year, the foundation invites applications for the STEM Didactics Fellowship program from young scientists.