Sustainable development is firmly anchored in our institution here at Furtwangen University. Sustainability actitivies are focused on 4 areas at the University:
Taking a degree at HFU is a unique opportunity to put theoretical subject knowledge into practice during semester projects, practical internships, semesters abroad and while writing the thesis. It is important for us that students can contribute to meeting existing social, economic and ecological challenges during their course of studies. Lectures, projects and other activties offer multiple opportunities for doing so.
In the process of writing their bachelor's and master's theses, our students carry out demanding application-oriented research and development. The presentation of the theses at the end of the semester confirms this in an impressive manner. The theses are often embedded in the innovation ecosystem of Furtwangen University which is explained further on the website of the Office for Sustainable Development. The HFU Institute for Applied Research (IAF) HFU focuses on middle- and long-term research projects working closely at doctorate level with neighbouring universities and international partner universities.
Networking and cooperation takes place with many different partners due to the application-oriented outlook and research competences of Furtwangen University. Besides the innovation ecosystem in the form of companies (e.g. organized in the wvib Schwarzwald AG), know-how networking is also actively taking place in the sustainability startup scene (e.g. the Smart Green Accelerator and the "Startup Lokhalle" in Freiburg). Our international outlook is also firmly established in the HFU mission statement and SEED is also taken up with our partner universities. Various initiatives such as "Honeyversity", the "Weitwinkel – Filme mit Zukunft" film series, the sustainability lectures offered as part of the Studium Generale lecture series, and the large Health Congress organized together with the Schwarzwald-Baar health network, demonstrate the wide range of local and regional transfer and social engagement activities in which we are involved.
With the introduction of the EMAS Eco-Management and Audit Scheme developed by the EU, an environmental management system run on sustainability principles is firmly anchored in university operations at HFU. Sustainability is regarded holistically and thus given equal importance in university operations, academics, research and transfer: EMAS at HFU
The HFU university executive has decided that EMAS must play an integral role in university operations in accordance with the importance placed on sustainability in the HFU Mission Statement in the area of "social responsibility and safeguarding of the future".
The broad spectrum of sustainability measures taken at Furtwangen University are coordinated by the Office for Sustainable Development.
Prof. Dr. Achim P. Karduck
Senate Officer for Sustainable Development