Leonardo Award
Jaques Delors

President of the European Commission 1985-1994 Long time Chair of UNESCO Commission on Education for the 21st century from 1993-96 whose final report was published as “Learning: the Treasure within" Honorary member of “The Club of Rome” Honorary member of “A Soul of Europe” Founder and one of the presidents of the think tank “Notre Europe” Laureate of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen.

Advisory Board's and Steering Committee's Objective for Awarding Jacques Delors

The members of the Leonardo Award Advisory Board and Steering Committee were in agreement: This award, which was created during times of the hardest economic collapse and significant perplexity with regard to the deciding factors cannot be integrated in the chain of helpless and quantitatively oriented demands for „more education“, „more learning“ and „more knowledge“. Without reflecting on corporate-, society-, and educational policy related issues, many of the new qualitative orientations of the organized learning processes in companies and institutions would be sacrificed to „continue as is“. It was necessary to set a signal that would provide an integral, critical and validated learning process; provide room for organization and orientation on education, is aware of international challenges and faces those confidently. To connect this signal with the honor of the Leonardo Award, it requires, as perceived by the initiators, an initial award winner, who represents this orientation with his life’s work, and a convincing integration of independent personalities in locating future award winners who are familiar with the relevant international knowledge and learning scene and enjoy high international reputation.

Hardly anyone symbolizes the cohesion of economic- and social policy requirements with demands for integrated education in corporations and society as Jacques Delors, the former President of the European Commission, who also served as the Chairman of the UNESCO Taskforce for Education in the 21st century.

In both functions he advocated with great passion and intensity the implementation of an educational entitlement that would connect the dimensions of formal education with vocational training, social learning and aiming for a fulfilling persuit of happiness. Almost no one is taken as seriously when warning that ignorance of those insights t will greatly contribute to the economic and social turbulences we currently face.

Jacques Delors was awarded for his impulses and outstanding performances to achieve a European educational vision and –policy as well as for being the “brain“ for „life-long learning“ within the UNESCO education commission scope.

Jacques Delors – the benchmark for future award winners

The award winner ensured support for the “Leonardo“ above and beyond the actual award. Because for Jacques Delors the effort made for knowledge and education is not only the key to get a grip on the current problems in Europe, but also to how we want to live in the future. Jacques Delors "identifies with the goals of the Leonardo – European Corporate Learning Award". He is happy that his educational vision is honored. And he is just as happy for anticipated future award winners and additional educational initiatives that will advance his initiatives and ideas.