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160 years ago a man built a bridge for education. Today Bayer is building methaphorical bridges through education worldwide.

The Secret of the Bridge

The story behind the employer brand photo

The U Bein Bridge is the world’s longest bridge made of teak wood. It’s about 1,200 meters long and over 160 years old. Throngs of people use it every day. That the bridge exists is thanks to a remarkable man. Find out how the passion of one man changed the future of generations for the better and how this all fits with our employer brand “Passion to innovate | Power to change”.




Taungthaman Lake, Myanmar


A bridge for education

Built in 1850, the U Bein Bridge still provides an important connection for the local population.

Day after day the U Bein Bridge is a scene of bustling activity: merchants taking their cargo to the far shore, monks in orange colored robes wandering to pagodas, souvenir peddlers hawking their wares, kids on the way home after school. The bridge is located just a few minutes’ drive outside of Mandalay, the second-largest city in Myanmar. And it’s more than a tourist attraction – for local people it’s an important link connecting Mandalay with the old royal capital Amarapura, and an important source of income.

The bridge is named after the man who built it: U Bein, mayor of Amarapura. His son attended the monastery school across the lake. The school instruction by the monks was free of charge, and for the children of Amarapura it was the way to a better future – U Bein was convinced of that. But the route around the lake – 20 kilometers – was too long for the children. So U Bein decided to build a bridge. And in 1850 the world’s longest teak bridge was built, using wood from the former royal palace in Ava.


The U Bein Bridge is an extraordinary project that has improved the quality of life for many people. That’s why the motif of the bridge is really fitting for our employer brand. The bridge also stands for the willingness of each individual to take fresh approaches and action to meet the challenges of the times.

A challenge of our time: science education

Around the world, Bayer is committed to improving education and fostering children’s interest in the natural sciences. One example of this is the international program Making Science Make Sense.


What is “Making Science Make Sense”?

Making Science Make Sense is Bayer’s company-wide initiative that advances science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education. The goal? Getting a million children interested in science by 2020.


This has been sparking enthusiasm among kids for more than 20 years – for instance in Vietnam with the book What’s Up With The Earth?. Its protagonists – Na, Ti and Teo – take the children on an exciting journey, while also imparting knowledge related to climate change. The book is the result of a successful collaboration between Bayer Vietnam and Live and Learn, a learning network of local organizations in Southeast Asia. And there has already been a sequel: “The book was so successful that the adventure with the three characters is continuing,” said Giang Pham Thi Ha, a colleague in communications at Bayer Vietnam.

Within the Making Science Make Sense program students are studying science via simple hands-on experiments

The children’s book “What’s up with the Earth?” was a huge success among Vietnamese kids.

It was accompanied by a short play to present the children book “What’s up with the Earth?

In cooperation with Live and Learn, Bayer Vietnam is planning further activities and events at schools. This is making it possible for more than 9,000 elementary school children to learn in a playful way about the health of humans, animals and plants. Van Hoang Cam, HR Business Partner at Bayer Vietnam, said: “We promoted this internally, and the response was fantastic. It’s wonderful to find so many of our colleagues who want to be involved in this project as voluntary helpers. Now they will be going out to schools as volunteers, carrying out experiments together with the kids, and thus introducing them to the natural sciences.”

Join us if you share our passion and our commitment to change our world for the better. Because we invent solutions that will create a sustainable future for our planet.


Photo check

  • Name:
    The Bridge
  • Photographer:
    Peter Ginter
  • Location:
    Taungthaman Lake, Myanmar
  • The story behind: This employer brand photo was inspired by all those who go the extra mile to make access education worldwide easier and who volunteer to help educate the next generation of scientists around the world.