- The Scopus Award recognizes the married couple’s commitment to German–Israeli relations as well as their business savvy
Berlin, 5 February 2014 – Erich and Regine Sixt received the 2014 Scopus Award yesterday, the highest honour awarded by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The university honoured the married couple for their decades of service to the country of Israel, their unwavering dedication to social issues and their many social initiatives. It also acknowledged the unique business savvy of Erich and Regine Sixt, who, as the third generation to manage the family company, have transformed the Sixt Group into an internationally renowned provider of vehicle services. Alexander and Konstantin Sixt represent the fourth generation of the Sixt family to join the company and assume management roles.
The Scopus Award was presented at a benefit gala in the Glass Courtyard of the Jewish Museum Berlin. The host of the evening was Iris Berben in her role as President of German Friends of the Hebrew University. The tribute speech was given by Prof. Dr Salomon Korn, Vice President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and Patricia Riekel, Editor-in-Chief of BUNTE magazine. Sabine Christiansen hosted the event throughout the evening, whilst the welcoming speech was provided by Menahem Ben-Sasson, President of the University of Jerusalem.
Establishment of the Sixt Fund for Brain Research for Children
Internationally renowned musicians Itamar Golan (piano) and Charlie Siem (violin) made an appearance at the benefit event, which was attended by guests from culture, society, business and politics. The proceeds of the event will go to the newly established Sixt Fund for Brain Research for Children. The fund promotes brain research projects, the findings of which will benefit children in particular.
The Scopus Award is an expression of the ideals of the University of Jerusalem and its founding fathers. Fundamental values such as humanism, tolerance and exceptional achievements in public life take centre stage. The award is presented to people whose activities reflect a unique bond with the university and the country of Israel. Award winners have included Milton Friedman, Edward Kennedy, Larry King, Zubin Mehta, Liz and Brigitte Mohn, and Frank Sinatra.
Regine Sixt: ‘My husband and I would like to thank the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for honouring us with its special award. The Sixt family has shared a close bond with Israel and its people for decades – not least of all because my ‘Tränchen trocknen’ children’s foundation supports ill children in Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital. We’re extremely honoured and see the Scopus Award as an incentive to continue and further intensify our dedication.’
The Berlin BrainForum 2014 follows in the wake of the Scopus Award and will be held today at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. World-renowned scientists from organisations such as the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried and the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences at the University of Jerusalem will be discussing the achievements and future of modern brain research.
Based in Pullach near Munich, Sixt SE is an international provider of integrated vehicle services. The company was established in 1912 and, with its licensees and partners, is represented in more than 105 countries. Sixt is the market leader in vehicle rental in Germany, Austria and Israel and one of the largest manufacturer-independent full-service leasing providers. The Sixt Group achieved turnover of €1.6 billion in 2012 and has around 3,000 employees worldwide (excluding licensees).
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