Sustainability at HFU

Through our faculties and various institutes, we have a wide spectrum of expertise at our disposal, which can be used to meet the challenges of the 21 Century. These include the challenges of sustainable development and equipping our society to deal with future demands. Our success as an educational institution over the last 160 years has been built on awareness of our regional, social, economical and ecological responsibilities. By making sustainable development one of our core ideals, we build on our reputation for assuming responsibility.

The concept of sustainability as the acceptance of responsibility for the ecological, social and economic capital we have inherited for both the current generation and all future generations to come, is central to our work at the university.

There are two basic aspects of sustainable development which interact constantly. Where is development going and how do we implement the technical and social aspects of that development? What should we research, how should we live? Who should be responsible and what constitutes a contribution to sustainable development?

At Furtwangen University we try to answer these questions. Through our degree programmes and further education programmes, through our projects and events, and through our research and scientific services, we seek to play our part in solving some of our society's most-pressing problems.