Studying sustainability

The corona crisis is speeding up the European Green Deal. These German universities are training sought-after specialists.

The forest-botanical garden at Eberswalde University (HNEE)
The forest-botanical garden at Eberswalde University (HNEE) picture alliance/dpa

The member states of the European Union are restructuring their economies with the European Green Deal. The goal is increased sustainability. For this they need specialists – here you can discover which German universities offer promising degree courses.

Environmental technology for the future

How do you turn seawater into drinking water? And how can you produce energy from biomass? Process engineering can deliver solutions for tomorrow’s urgent questions. Students of the Bachelor degree programme in sustainable energy and environmental technologies (NEU) receive a basic engineering training before specialising in their main area of energy or environmental process engineering. Graduates of this practice-oriented degree course are highly sought-after wherever production has to be cost-effective, resource-efficient and environmentally friendly or people want their supplies to be based on sustainable principles.

Sustainable corporate governance

The tradition-steeped Eberwalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) trains experts in responsible management. The Master degree programme in sustainable corporate governance includes not only environmental business administration, but also sustainable human resources management. Students learn to integrate sustainable corporate governance into operational processes, to become active as sustainable entrepreneurs or to support and advise firms on the path towards a sustainable business model.

Energy and resource management

Originally a college of agriculture, the University of Nürtingen-Geislingen (HfWU) now has a strong emphasis on sustainable development. The Bachelor of Arts programme in energy and resource management combines business administration with questions of resource and energy management. The course covers economic, legal and technical aspects of the utilities and waste management sectors and trains graduates in networked thinking. One special feature of the programme is that it includes a stay abroad and therefore lasts seven semesters.

Applied systems science

A green degree programme with a social sciences element: the degree course in applied systems science at the University of Osnabrück is unique in Germany. It takes a closer look at the interrelationships between complex individual systems, such as a forest, a city or traffic and analyses their activity with the aim of developing control mechanisms. Mathematical and computer-based models are among the tools of the trade studied in this Bachelor programme.

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