For several years, both universities have been working together successfully in various teaching and research projects. Already in 2012, they had joined forces to launch the “Global Classroom Project” funded by the Mercator Foundation. German and American undergraduate students research and learn together real sustainability issues with the help of most advanced e-learning tools and during brief attendance phases at both universities. The joint research efforts are already bearing fruit. Last year, academics from both universities succeeded in acquiring a substantially funded sustainability research project from the Volkswagen Foundation.
New Master’s Programme
Next winter semester, both universities are launching their conjointly developed Master’s Programme in “Global Sustainability Science”. This course of study will stretch over two years and abounds with environment and sustainability research themes. Also, students will be spending one semester at the other partner’s university, thereby adding intercultural competencies to their skills. Both universities will award a degree to every successful graduate of this programme.
International networking in the field of education and research for sustainable development is a further mutual concern of the partner universities. Together with further partner universities, the Network of Programmes in Transformational Sustainability (NEPS) has been set up in March. This network includes universities from Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle and North America, which offer programmes in the field of sustainability science.
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