Institute of the Weltethos Foundation
at the University of Tübingen

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Sponsor Karl Schlecht receives honorary doctorate from Zeppelin University

The entrepreneur and generous supporter of our institute was awarded an honorary doctorate from Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen on October 20. For more than 20 years, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Karl Schlecht has also been committed to the university sciences at Zeppelin University with a considerable financial and non-material civic engagement, according to the draft resolution of the ZU University Senate of May 2022. In doing so, he specifically propagates and promotes the linking of economic, ethical and social goals, which is fundamental in the context of today’s sustainability debate, it continues.

The 90-year-old benefactor Karl Schlecht (right) receiving his honorary doctorate with the university’s president, Prof. Dr. Mühlhahn. Credit: Karl Schlecht Foundation

Karl Schlecht’s generosity allowed for the establishment of two important institutes in this field in 2012. One is the Global Ethic Institute, which is engaged in research, teaching and practical transfer at the University of Tübingen for a value-oriented and sustainable economy. The other is the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ). The LEIZ – also a practice-oriented institute that focuses on those contemporary issues that are crucial for leaders – is aimed at representatives from business, politics and academia, students, practitioners and young entrepreneurs.

His own entrepreneurial and academic commitment has already earned the 90-year-old other titles in the past. In recognition of his achievements, Karl Schlecht was awarded the 2021 Medal of Merit by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In 2011, Schlecht received the Rudolf Diesel Medal, Europe’s oldest innovation award. In 2002, he was appointed honorary senator of the University of Hohenheim. He also holds a professorship from Tongji University in Shanghai.

The Global Ethic Institute is elated with its sponsor about this new honorable distinction.