Global Talent Mentoring hosted its International Expert Meeting (IEM) in Regensburg, Germany, from 13 to 15 September 2019. The theme of the IEM was “Online Mentoring for STEM Talent Development,” and the goal was to learn from a group of international experts by jointly exploring several important topics, such as online mentoring and communication, mentor and mentee training, mentoring for the gifted, etc. Mentoring experts from Europe and the United States gathered in the UNESCO-World Heritage city of Regensburg for three days to share their knowledge and research findings on mentoring with the Global Talent Mentoring team, led by Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stoeger. Social activities in the evening included a Danube River cruise and a walking tour of the historical town.
Global Talent Mentoring has secured official partnerships with institutions in STEMM in more than thirty countries to date. Such partnerships provide Global Talent Mentoring with essential support through access to their networks of top-tier students and experts who will participate as mentees and mentors. Among the signees are the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), one of the best public high schools in the United States, the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, a non-governmental organization offering learning opportunities for highly talented youth, and the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science. More partnerships will follow, which will further expand the already internationally diverse list of partner institutions.
Global Talent Mentoring is a flagship offering of the future World Giftedness Center, a larger undertaking that will be an online hub for evidence-based gifted education and research. When it opens its virtual doors in late 2021, the World Giftedness Center will facilitate stronger links between research and practice by providing instructional materials, hosting training seminars, publishing a scientific journal, and establishing an international accreditation system for gifted education and research. The World Giftedness Center is a project by the UNESCO-recognized Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance.
The Project Director, Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stoeger, and part of the Global Talent Mentoringteam attended the 6th Conference of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) in Taipei, Taiwan in April. Prof. Stoeger gave one of the keynotes. She spoke about the importance of self-regulated learning for gifted students and talent development—a subject that will be part of the mentoring concept of Global Talent Mentoring, too.
Members of the team were also participating in the conference: Dr. Linlin Luo and Matthias Mader presented Global Talent Mentoring™ and one of its core features, the “Planning of Individualized Learning Pathways”, in a symposium on “Mentoring for High Achievers in STEM”. Dr. Michael Heilemann participated in the same symposium with his findings on “The Influence of Learning Resources on Communication Behavior and Mentoring Success in an Online-Mentoring Program for Talented Girls”. Finally, Dr. Daniel Balestrini presented his research on “Substantiating Cultural Orientations Supportive of High Academic Achievement” in East Asia and the United States.
The very well organized conference with the motto “Nurturing Potentials Into Full Bloom and Into Excellence” was a great success. The Global Talent Mentoring™ team used the opportunity to further expand the network for recruiting mentees and mentors and to establish contacts for future coöperation with talent development experts from all over the world. Among others we discussed Global Talent Mentoring™ with researchers and practitioners from the USA, India and, of course, various East Asian countries. All of them were very interested and eager to participate in Global Talent Mentoring™.
In December 2018, our project director Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stoeger talked about the Global Talent Mentoring Hub™, the goals in regard to talent development and STEM education, and the development of the project and the mentoring platform with the Wirtschaftszeitung, a regional german newspaper. The interview as well as an accompanying article, describing the project, its aims and its scope in the light of the shortage of skilled workers in the STEM area, appeared in the first edition of the Wirtschaftszeitung in 2019. You can read it here (in German):2019–01_wirtschaftszeitung