Zukunft durch Innovation

Zukunft durch Innovation.NRW, in short: zdi, is a joint initiative to support young people in North Rhine-Westphalia in the area of natural sciences and technical disciplines, with around 3.800 partners from business, science, education and politics. Spread across the whole federal state of NRW, there are now 44 zdi centres (regional MINT support networks),  approx. 50 zdi school laboratories at universities and 24 zdi “Roberta” centres. Additionally, there is a large number of other institutions which are implementing zdi activities, such as learning workshops at primary schools and other non-school learning facilities at research institutions and in enterprises. The number of zdi centres will continue to grow up until the end of 2016. A good 20% of all general education secondary schools in NRW are now zdi partners.

zdi is supported at regional level by three ministries (science, education, economic affairs); the Ministry of Science holds overall responsibility. To provide advice at the interface between schools and external training partners on how to shape services in terms of content and make them suitable for school pupils, the Ministry of Education has appointed its own coordinator. The NRW Regional Directorate of the Federal Employment Agency is now implementing most of its career guidance measures through zdi. This successful cooperation will be continued and expanded further in the years to come. The greatest contribution by far is however made by local partners. In comparison to the state partners, they raise funds in the ratio of 3:1 to 4:1.

The zdi partners offer joint measures along the entire education chain, from pre-school to university to career. Every year over 300.000 young people participated in such measures, the percentage of girls is currently about 40%.


Zukunft durch Innovation.NRW