Two weeks ago, the University of Mannheim announced that Hans-Peter Wild, an entrepreneur who owns the beverage brand Capri-Sonne, had donated €1 million to celebrate his 75th birthday.
It’s not the first time that Mr. Wild, who comes from the region but lives in Switzerland, has donated money to his alma mater. A few years ago, he donated half a million euros to help the university attract outstanding scientists.
The gift highlights a common problem at German universities: Many complain that they don’t have enough funding to offer internationally-competitive teaching positions.
That’s why an increasing number of universities are asking for charitable gifts, going against the common perception there’s no American-style donor culture in German higher education.