Development of Global Talent Mentoring began in late 2017 with the goal of creating a research-based program to mentor exceptionally talented students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical sciences (STEMM). The impetus for the program was the years of experience in mentoring and talent development of Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stoeger, director of Global Talent Mentoring.
Prof. Dr. Stoeger of the University of Regensburg (Germany) has a proven track record in mentoring and mentoring research. Since 2005, she and her colleague Prof. Drs. Albert Ziegler of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) have been leading CyberMentor, a successful, Germany-wide online mentoring program. CyberMentor supports girls between the ages of 12 and 18 years in developing their interests in STEM. With the help of CyberMentor, Prof. Dr. Stoeger and her team have conducted extensive research on online mentoring in STEM and talent development. The methodically rigorous accompanying research has been described in numerous peer-reviewed publications.
Prof. Dr. Stoeger and Prof. Drs. Ziegler continued their work in talent development, along with the UNESCO-recognized Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance, which has an established commitment to improving education. Together, they developed the “Gifted Identification Kit for the United Arab Emirates,” a comprehensive suite of testing materials, training units, and guidance frameworks for talent development, which identifies talented students and supports their talents with appropriate programs within the United Arab Emirates. The Gifted Identification Kit has been successfully implemented to assess students’ talents nationwide in the United Arab Emirates and facilitate optimal talent development.
The latest result of the collaboration between Prof. Dr. Stoeger, Prof. Drs. Ziegler, and the Hamdan Foundation is the World Giftedness Center. The World Giftedness Center is a virtual center that will launch in late 2021 and will facilitate comprehensive, evidence-based gifted education and talent support across all countries, cultures, and regions of the world. The center will serve as a catalyst for worldwide efforts to cultivate the development of excellence for all individuals. To this end, the World Giftedness Center will inform all stakeholders working to achieve excellence about how to do so most effectively in accordance with sound scientific findings and proven educational practices. Prof. Dr. Stoeger’s team in Regensburg, Prof. Drs. Ziegler’s team in Nuremburg, and Dr. Mariam AlGhawi’s team at the Hamdan Foundation in Dubai are working together to achieve this goal.
Prof. Dr. Stoeger conceived Global Talent Mentoring as part of the World Giftedness Center. Global Talent Mentoring, an innovative global program providing mentoring for talented youths, will be the flagship offering of the World Giftedness Center. Distinct in its research-based, long-term mentoring approach, Global Talent Mentoring enables talented students from all regions and countries to develop their talent in a STEMM domain through mentoring by renowned international experts. Global Talent Mentoring uses a self-developed, specialized platform that enables and supports mentoring for talented students all over the world. Global Talent Mentoring is supported by its global network of partner institutions that help find talented students in STEMM domains and recruit extraordinary researchers and professionals who excel in their STEMM area and serve as mentors for Global Talent Mentoring.