Throughout his life, Robert Bosch was strongly committed to education, which is why schools, universities, and institutions providing adult education were among the main beneficiaries of his endowment activities. Among the many institutions of higher education, the primary beneficiary was what is now the University of Stuttgart. He knew the importance of educating young people with a flair for technology. In 1910, he donated 1 million German marks to promote teaching and research at what was then the Stuttgart Polytechnic.
Robert Bosch wanted to make the donation “as quietly as possible,” and requested that the school forgo honoring him with any honorary doctorates or illuminated processions, since tying even an honorary degree in with a financial transaction would only cheapen the meaning of academic titles, he said. However, the dean and the senate ignored his wishes and named Robert Bosch an honorary doctor as a gesture of gratitude. Bosch was not happy, but he did not stay mad for long. In 1923, he provided the financial backing for the new Vereinigung der Freunde der Technischen Hochschule (Association of Friends of the Polytechnic) and also acted as its chairman.
Today, Robert Bosch GmbH supports universities by funding endowed chairs to perform research on issues that are important for society, such as projects involving artificial intelligence at the University of Tübingen.
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