The mutual exchange with the non-academic world is a constant claim of the University of Cologne (UoC) and the WiSo Faculty. On the one hand, there are the individual members of the university who pursue different types of social commitment:
WiSo students are involved in numerous student initiatives, such as the largest business congress organized by students, "World Business Dialogue". Our scientists in turn are involved in public relations work and Citizen Science projects or advise the media and politics as experts. On the other hand, the university and the WiSo Faculty itself are institutional actors in civil society. Together with other research institutions in Cologne, the UoC is involved in the Cologne Science Round Table for the exchange between urban society and science. In numerous public events, it offers interested citizens the opportunity to participate in scientific and social discussions.
Our alumni network WiSoAlumni also actively involves former WiSo members. Among other things, we offer our students a mentoring programme. Furthermore, the University of Cologne is committed to educational justice. Target group-specific offers such as talent scouting at schools or the advisory work of the association "Erste Generation Promotion e.V." contribute to this.
Another example of the social commitment of the WiSo Faculty is the regular participation in the program of the KölnerKinderUni. The KölnerKinderUni was initiated by the University of Cologne in 2003. Today it is offered as a cooperative project by universities and scientific institutions which are united in the so-called Cologne Science Round Table. The events of the KölnerKinderUni are aimed at children aged 8 to 12. As a rule, lectures and workshops are offered, in individual cases also projects that run over a longer period of time.
In the anniversary year 2019, for example, the WiSo Faculty also offers a public lecture series on the topic "Understanding society - current research from the Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology" ("Gesellschaft verstehen – Aktuelle Forschung aus dem Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie") at various locations in the city of Cologne in order to reach as many non-university guests as possible.