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University of Vechta

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The University of Vechta is a relatively new campus university located in Lower Saxony/Germany that offers ten academic programmes to approximately 5,000 students. Areas of research include: education and discipline-specific pedagogies; social sciences, social services (social work, gerontology, social services management), regional development/rural areas; landscape ecology; social, political, cultural and economic change, business ethics, and sustainable development. Its strategic plan identifies internationalisation, sustainability, gender equality and participatory research approaches as essential. The University of Vechta has established an internal steering group for integrating the concept of sustainable development in all areas and functions of the university. In 2017, the University adopted Sustainability Guidelines. In Summer Term 2018 and 2019, the University of Vechta implemented a series of staff traning workshops on Education for Sustainable Development.

The University of Vechta is dedicated to the development of innovative teaching and learning settings, in particular linked to competence-based higher education. For instance, the University offers service-learning, project-based and inquiry-based courses in which students can learn with and from actors from practice. In different study programmes, the university offers courses which deal with (education for) sustainable development. For instance, at Bachelor level students can study a major in “economics and ethics: social business”; and as part of the Master of Education students can study a course on Education for Sustainable Development. The University of Vechta is part of the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for Education for Sustainable Development Oldenburger Münsterland. The University of Vechta is member of the German-speaking Network “Teacher Education for Sustainable Development”.