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From July 2 to 5, 2024, the International Summer School "Social Market Economy" brought together 26 young leaders from 16 countries in Fürth. Organized by the Hanns Seidel Foundation in cooperation with the LEZ and the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, it enabled participants from politics and business to engage with the social market economy in interactive seminars. The intensive seminar program was accompanied by insights into the history, economy and culture of the region as well as visits to Fürth Town Hall, the Bavarian State Parliament and the Uvex Group.

Young Leaders met at LEZ for International Summer School

22 young leaders from 16 countries met in Fuerth for the “International Summer School on Social Market Economy” from July 17th to 22nd. The summer school was organized jointly by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen Nuremberg, and the Ludwig Erhard Center. The young leaders, who work in the fields of business, politics, and administration, traveled to Fuerth from Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Argentinia, Paraguay, Tunisia, Korea, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Kenia. Their goal was to get to know social market economy through interactive seminars.

Based on real-world cases, the participants learned about the manifold advantages of the economic order. The summer school also provided the opportunity to network internationally and to develop joint project ideas.
The participants also got familiar with the rich cultural history of the region and the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany. Next to guided tours through Nuremberg and Fuerth, a visit to the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior was on the agenda.
On July 20th, the participants of the summer school had the opportunity to talk to Fuerth’s lord mayor, Thomas Jung, in the city hall.
In the assembly hall Mayor Jung talked about Fuerth’s economic development and answered numerous questions from the young leaders.
A climb up the city hall’s tower completed the memorable visit.