The mentoring principle Our mentors are on hand to support mentees and help them develop in terms of their subject, career and on a personal level. Etymology: Mentoring derives from the Greek word “Mentor”. In Homer’s “The Odyssey”, Mentor is a friend of Odysseus. During his absence, Odysseus entrusted him with raising his son Telemachus and presiding over his household. Mentor was Telemachus’ constant companion and helper who imparted advice and wisdom to him. Since then, the personal name Mentor has become synonymous with an exemplary adviser and educator. The mentoring principle is simple: an experienced, generally older person (mentor) guides a younger person (mentee) in their development process and in strengthening their skills in terms of their subject and profession. Consequently, mentoring is a practical as well as personal relationship between two people who are in regular contact with each other over a long period of time. They discuss experience made, academic progress and career planning. Mutual goodwill and respect are the keys to the relationship being a success. Our programme is based on dedicated people who contribute their services voluntarily. The programme is not just another component in the traditional educational format. We offer you the appropriate framework and assume an advisory function for all participants involved. In each case you decide individually on your focuses and scope.