Questioning what we think we know

Which cultural foundations and changes leave their mark on our society? How can we create optimal educational opportunities for our future leaders? A university in Germany has embraced culture, sustainability and entrepreneurship as its thematic focuses in research and teaching – helping address the future of social commitment to civil society in the twenty-first century.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg encourages evolving perspectives in its students by questioning what we think we know across different disciplines, and between science and practice. Research at the university focuses on the research initiatives, namely sustainability research, cultural research, management and entrepreneurship; and educational research/teacher education.

Specifically, Leuphana’s Master’s degree in Sustainability Studies offers an academically grounded education in sustainable development research. Their goal is to provide the theoretical, methodological, organisational and communicative skills needed to conceive, implement and critically reflect upon the interdisciplinary projects and research that define the field of sustainability. In addition, the programme aims to train students to become agents for change in the economic, scientific, political and civil organisations, so that they can promote and manage how these organisations make a transition toward sustainable policies.

Undergraduate studies at Leuphana University follow a study model rarely encountered in the German academic landscape. Leuphana College offers students a diversely integrated, interdisciplinary Bachelor’s program that allows students to explore beyond disciplinary boundaries. In graduate school, students can choose from various Master’s programs with options for interdisciplinary specialization. The Professional School meanwhile provides students who have already joined the job market with a wide range of programs as part of a life-long learning initiative.

Leuphana University further plans to implement a large-scale EU project – the so-called Innovation Incubator in the years ahead, which may result in up to 100 million euros being earmarked for regional economic development.

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