Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg: History

  • History2013

    Sustainability in action for Moldova! The first year of the program activEco. Read on

  • History2012

    Cooperation program Bridge it! started in the Baltic Sea region. Read on

  • History2011

    10 years Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg are an occasion for a big party with Prof. Ludwig Heuss, alumni and representatives of Robert Bosch Stiftung and partners.

  • History2010

    Balkans, let’s get up! won the Youth Democracy Award 2010 of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. Read on

  • History2009

    Fellows from 34 countries involve in the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg. Pilot phase for Siberian "From Idea to Action" launched. Read on

  • History2008

    The program "Civic Engagement Workshop" started in the Ukrainian regions Donezk and Rivne. Today it includes the whole Ukraine, Belarus and Poland. Read on

  • History2006

    The first cooperation program of the Kolleg in Russia launched: Civic Engagement Every Day.

  • History2004

    Theodor-Heuss-Medal of the Theodor-Heuss-Foundation goes to MitOst and the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg. With German president Johannes Rau.

  • History2002

    Website of the Kolleg in 2002. The Head Office is moving to Berlin Charlottenburg.

  • History2001

    The first seminars in Krzyżowa (PL) and Dresden (DE) take place. The monitor in the picture was relatively new.

A Journey Through Time

Being on the move is part of daily life at the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg. The activists we support are constantly seeking new perspectives and taking new paths. Their activity puts them in touch with people with different backgrounds and from different countries and regions. In our trainings they get the needed equipment. Let’s take a journey through the Kolleg’s history.

First Stage

In the year 2000, the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg was created by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Building on a series of initial experiences since 1996 (an annual seminar project for the empowerment of students from Central and Eastern Europe) through MitOst e.V. By supporting volunteer projects, we gave impetus to many smaller social projects, an idea woven into the establishment of the program, and one we still feel committed to today.

The First Five Years

Much like its fellows, the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg also continues to develop. Initially, this took place in geographical terms: More rooted in Central and Eastern Europe at its outset, soon it expanded to include other countries as well. In 2006, there were 500 participants from 29 countries and 183 supported projects.

Reorientation After 10 Years

In 2010, there were 1,756 funded individuals in 34 countries. Since 2010, the Kollege has been focusing on cooperation programs implemented with local and regional partners. This way of working began in Russia in 2006, and the newest cooperation program is “Khatwa” in Egypt (2014).

In 2017, the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg and its cooperation partners support more than 700 junge people each year in the (South)Eastern Europe, Russia, in the Caucasus, Turkey, Baltic states and in the North Afrika.

Our impactSebastian Gaudigs

„Doing a project, putting your ideas into practice - for whom is this not attractive?“

Sebastian participated in 2005

Our impactAlumniworld

Since 2001, the Kolleg supported fellows from more than 30 countries. And where now? More


"Believe in yourself and be ready for challenge!"

Ekaterina participated 2013 in Bridge It!