About Us

Looking back just ten years ago – a central educational campus in Heilbronn is still nowhere in sight, but even then the Dieter Schwarz Foundation was already working away in the region with a clear aim: in pursuit of developing education and on promoting lifelong learning. From the start, it supported a number of educational establishments which were scattered across the region at that time; the majority of them without any chance of realizing their full potential. The Dieter Schwarz Foundation lends its support to remedy this, setting in motion a project that is the first of its kind in Germany: the Bildungscampus.

One place, lots of stories: The Bildungscampus

Situated in the middle of Heilbronn, these days the Bildungscampus comprises more than ten facilities and institutions that together meet the educational needs of a variety of target audiences. That is because, irrespective of whether they are school beginners, students or company founders – all of them have one thing in common: it is far easier to learn, teach, do research and shape things in every phase of life when ideas are supported and places are created that allow those with a thirst for learning to flourish and achieve the best for themselves – and for the community. And that is precisely the purpose of the foundation and its benefactor.

Education is our most important resource.

Dieter Schwarz

The Vision: Heilbronn - City of Knowledge

By completing the educational chain on the campus, another great step towards becoming a city of knowledge with international renown is accomplished: At the beginning of 2020, Heilbronn is awarded the status of being a university city, thus honoring the constant expansion of the educational landscape. However, that is by no means the end of the journey; instead it spurns on to invest more energy into education and science so as to live up to the aspirations of being a knowledge city. The founding principle of the knowledge city is the commitment to knowledge, education and the transfer of knowledge, and to provide access and make that knowledge available to the general public and interested parties. This holistic approach is represented by the Bildungscampus of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation, and this is what makes it worth visiting.

Milestones - A Journey in Time


The groundbreaking ceremony for the first construction phase

Following the decision of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation to fund another site of the DHBW Mosbach in Heilbronn, the groundbreaking ceremony for the first construction phase of the Bildungscampus takes place on 5th February, 2010.

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From a vision to reality

The first buildings of the versatile education location in the heart of Heilbronn are nearing completion. 150,000 bricks and 160 tons of basalt were used to build what is known as today’s Bildungscampus Ost.

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Opening of Bildungscampus Ost

After a near record-breaking planning and construction phase, the big moment arrives on 30th September, 2011: The Bildungscampus of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation opens its doors. The site begins with the Academy for Innovative Education and Management (aim), the Baden Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), the German School of Management and Law (GGS) as well as communal areas.

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Dieter Schwarz Foundation

The Dieter Schwarz Foundation ranks among the large German foundations; it becomes active where government bodies are not, or not sufficiently, able to meet the needs of the economy and society.

'Promote education, share knowledge, venture future' is the guiding principle of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation, named after Heilbronn entrepreneur Dieter Schwarz. The foundation is based in Heilbronn, where it has been active in the region and far beyond since 1999. Through its commitments, the Foundation today strives to promote that which makes society well-prepared for the future: a wide range of educational opportunities for people in different phases of life. Science is of decisive importance for the development and future sustainability of the state. Against this backdrop, one of the main objectives of the foundation is to recognize potential, to develop visions from it and to implement them sustainably.

Promote education, share knowledge, venture future.

The guiding principle of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation

Current focal points include the Bildungscampus in Heilbronn and the Science Center experimenta, which is also located in Heilbronn, and at which visitors can experience the world of science with all of their senses as well as get to grips interactively with the natural sciences and technology.

More information about the Dieter Schwarz Foundation and its work can be found at www.dieter-schwarz-stiftung.de.

Silke Lohmiller

Executive Director of the Education Department of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation since 2015

Prof. Reinhold R. Geilsdörfer

Executive Director of the Science Department of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation since 2016

Schwarz Campus Service

The Schwarz Campus Service (SCS) ensures that operations run smoothly on the Bildungscampus of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation and is the professional point of contact for any topics relating to the lively campus. Organizing and running events, for example in the AULA and FORUM, also forms part of the SCS portfolio. In addition to the Bildungscampus Heilbronn, SCS also manages the Science Center experimenta as well as the student residence W|27. Other (construction) projects with educational relevance continuously extend the SCS scope of activities. The highest priority is to create an optimum teaching and learning environment for the educational establishments, institutions and students domiciled there.

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