University of Regensburg Presents Cutting-Edge Talent Development Program at International Educational Conference

Do tal­ent­ed youths receive the edu­ca­tion­al sup­port they need to flour­ish? Edu­ca­tion experts have been work­ing on the ques­tion for decades. Help­ing the most tal­ent­ed real­ize their poten­tial presents an enor­mous challenge—and a fan­tas­tic opportunity—for edu­ca­tion sys­tems around the world. Cur­rent­ly, less than 15% of tal­ents are iden­ti­fied in most coun­tries, and less than half of those so iden­ti­fied receive suf­fi­cient edu­ca­tion­al sup­port. McK­in­sey, for exam­ple, has reck­oned that a sub­op­ti­mal edu­ca­tion sys­tem in the Unit­ed States costs around $1.2 tril­lion annu­al­ly in fore­gone pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg is lead­ing efforts to improve the tal­ent devel­op­ment pipeline in Ger­many and glob­al­ly. Togeth­er with Friedrich-Alexan­der-Uni­ver­sität Erlan­gen-Nürn­berg, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg is oper­at­ing a unique inter­na­tion­al online men­tor­ing pro­gram for tal­ent­ed youths in sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, engi­neer­ing, math­e­mat­ics, and med­ical sci­ences (STEMM): Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing. Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing was fea­tured at the Glob­al Forum for Inno­va­tion in Edu­ca­tion held in Dubai (UAE) on 28 Feb­ru­ary 2023. 
Human­i­ty faces daunt­ing chal­lenges (e.g., glob­al warm­ing, loss of bio­di­ver­si­ty). In order to rise to the occa­sion and over­come these chal­lenges, our civ­i­liza­tion needs all the help it can get. One cru­cial piece of a viable solu­tion involves unlock­ing more of the poten­tial of the world’s most out­stand­ing, hard­work­ing youths with STEMM inter­ests. With Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing, my col­league Albert Ziegler and I are lever­ag­ing evi­dence-based meth­ods of men­tor­ing and net­work­ing to help this spe­cial group max­i­mize their poten­tial. This is all pos­si­ble thanks to the vig­or­ous sup­port pro­vid­ed by the Ham­dan Foundation.
—Prof. Dr. Stoeger 

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing is a flag­ship edu­ca­tion­al offer­ing of the Ham­dan Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum Foun­da­tion for Dis­tin­guished Aca­d­e­m­ic Per­for­mance. The pro­gram was con­cep­tu­al­ized and cre­at­ed through a research project at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg led by Prof. Dr. Hei­drun Stoeger, chair pro­fes­sor for School Research, School Devel­op­ment, and Evaluation. 
Prof. Dr. Stoeger and her col­league Prof. Drs. Albert Ziegler, chair pro­fes­sor for Edu­ca­tion­al Psy­chol­o­gy and Research on Excel­lence at Friedrich-Alexan­der-Uni­ver­sität Erlan­gen-Nürn­berg, are now co-direct­ing Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing as the pro­gram expands its glob­al reach. Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing has been oper­at­ing since 2021 and is cur­rent­ly help­ing out­stand­ing youths and young adults from more than 40 coun­tries to trans­form their already prodi­gious tal­ents into inno­va­tion and emi­nence for the ben­e­fit of humankind. 
The Glob­al Forum for Inno­va­tion in Edu­ca­tion was held to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of the Ham­dan Foun­da­tion as a dynamo of glob­al edu­ca­tion reform since its found­ing 25 years ago (e.g., work­ing with UNESCO on improv­ing the teach­ing pro­fes­sion). Prof. Dr. Stoeger pre­sent­ed Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing as a sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly cut­ting-edge means of sup­port­ing out­stand­ing youths as they devel­op their tal­ents. Prof. Dr. Stoeger intro­duced the atten­dees to the lat­est sci­ence of effec­tive men­tor­ing for achiev­ing emi­nence and inno­va­tion in STEMM and, as a case in point, to Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing. She described the mul­ti­fac­eted sup­port mea­sures that Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing affords its par­tic­i­pants world­wide. With its sys­temic approach, the pro­gram is help­ing tal­ent­ed young peo­ple to har­ness their poten­tial for soci­eties all over the world. 

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