Sustainability is an urgent social development task that is increasingly becoming the focus of attention. Higher education institutions are also being called upon to address the associated challenges. For many years now, Universität Hamburg has been committed to sustainable development in various areas: in research, operations, and governance as well as in knowledge exchange and teaching.
In doing so, Universität Hamburg is building on the work carried out by the Center for a Sustainable University that operated until 2020 as well as the national collaborative project “Sustainability Governance at Higher Education Institutions: develop—network—report” (HOCHN), which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) from 2016 to 2021.
Sustainable Development Goals
Universität Hamburg follows the guiding principle of “innovating and cooperating for a sustainable future” in order to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs were adopted by all member states at a summit in 2015 as part of the United Nation’s Agenda 2030. They express the international community’s conviction that global challenges can only be solved together. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their 169 targets take into consideration all 3 dimensions of sustainability—social, environmental, and economic. Universität Hamburg offers networking and partnerships related to the SDG topics, and thus helps to achieve and further develop those goals as a social actor.