Training Spotlight

Honoring Commitment to Compliance

Birgit Galley receives Sigurd Pütter Service Medal

Awarded by AKG (Pharmaceuticals and Cooperation in Healthcare), this year the Sigurd Pütter Service Medal went to Birgit Galley, director of the School of Governance, Risk & Compliance (School GRC) at Steinbeis University Berlin (SHB). The medal honors Birgit Galley’s many years of service promoting compliance in Germany. For more than 10 years the Steinbeis director has headed up institutes at SHB which offer a part-time executive MBA program in compliance, helping prevent financial crime. In addition Birgit Galley is a founding member of DICO (the German Institute for Compliance), which was established in 2012.

AKG is an association of pharmaceutical companies headquartered in Germany which aims to prevent and, if necessary, penalize anti-trust violations through voluntary self-regulation. The Sigurd Putter Service Medal comes with Euro 2,500 in prize money. “I plan to invest the money in training and continuing professional development and make it easier for a student to attend the MBA program in compliance and financial crime at School GRC,” says Birgit Galley, thanking the award sponsors. The award ceremony was held on April 22 as part of the public session of the AKG’s ninth general assembly. Dr. Hans Joachim Marschdorf, one of the first auditors in Germany to specialize in fraud investigation, delivered the award presentation speech.

The School of Governance, Risk & Compliance was founded in 2007 as a research and training institute at Steinbeis University Berlin. School GRC provides training and continuing professional development for executive managers and specialists, and coaches top managers in specific cases – up to and including changes in company management. Its partner institute, the School of Criminal Investigation & Forensic Science | Institute for criminalistics (School CIFoS), has offered a master’s degree in criminal science in Germany since 2012.

Steinbeis training course in EU funding applications

Certificate in “The basics of application submissions”

The Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ) is once again offering a three-day certificate course in 2015 on “The basics of applications submissions.” The program is being offered in cooperation with the School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE) at Steinbeis University Berlin. Its aim is to improve skills related to international innovation-funding applications and this fourth round of the course is on October 12 and 13 and November 6, 2015 in Karlsruhe.

During the three days of the course - and time for private study - the participants learn how to successfully manage and write an application for EU funding. Numerous key issues are explored and answered in a practical and pragmatic manner:

  • Which is the right funding program?
  • How do I move from idea to application?
  • What sets a good application apart?
  • What is important with respect to the concept and formulation of the different parts of the application?
  • How do I find international partners?
  • How do I best coordinate international partnerships, in terms of both project organization and communication?

Days one and two of the course include presentations with interactive sessions individually and in groups. Using case studies from European research projects, approaches to tackling individual questions are explored. In the following two-week private study phase, participants prepare their own grant applications. Ideally these should be based on their own funding idea and describe an actual research project. This application is then submitted for review by experts.

On day three of the course the participants defend their application in an individual examination. The course closes with a discussion round focusing on the (anonymous) sample applications. There is also the presentation of an overview of project management and intercultural issues. After successful completion of the course, participants receive a university certificate worth four official credit points.


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