Leuphana University Lüneburg is widely recognized as a particularly innovative institution within Germany’s higher education landscape. Its Faculty of Sustainability is one of four faculties, and is unique in Germany in that it is firmly organized around a societal goal (sustainability) rather than traditional disciplines. At present, the Faculty brings together approximately 25 professors, 33 other staff holding PhDs, and approximately 120 PhD students. Transdisciplinarity is an organizing principle within the Faculty. The achievements of Leuphana University in the area of sustainability have been acknowledged internationally. For example, Leuphana University collaborates on sustainability science with leading institutions including Arizona State University, Lund University, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and ETH Zürich. Nationally, Leuphana University has won a range of awards, including the first ZEIT WISSEN-Preis “Mut zur Nachhaltigkeit” in 2013.
Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it. ASU is ranked 79th in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. ASU is also a leader in sustainability science and solutions. As the largest university in the United States ASU serves more than 85,000 students.
The Volkswagen Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization and has been funding research projects in all disciplines since 1962. Within the framework of changing funding initiatives, the foundation provides impetus for the development of research and higher education.
Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur