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Climate neutral Campus in Europe

Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action

The UN's eleventh sustainable development goal (SDG-11) aims at creating sustainable cities and communities. Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) alongside ECIU University supports this goal and, wants to contribute to a more sustainable future. Climate change is one of the major challenges facing global society. Extreme weather, such as droughts and heavy rain, are expected to increase with climate change, and as recent events show, expose unforeseen vulnerabilities. ECIU University can contribute to realizing the SDG by reducing its the carbon footprint, and by providing technological solutions that help increase resilience to climate and weather extremes.

Our challenge/ The Big Idea
ECIU University wants to contribute to making our cities sustainable and therefore, seeks for learners who take responsibility and shape a sustainable future with new mindsets, behaviours, ways of learning, thinking and working in support of new solutions, technologies and innovations. The big idea is to develop a climate neutral campus with innovative ideas and bold solutions and thereby, advance climate protection and reduce CO2 production. Develop a concept that enables your home university or any other university to have a climate neutral campus in the future.

Expected impact
Reducing the impact of climate change is a very important topic and one of the most discussed issues in politics and society. While climate change outspaces the current scientific understanding new technology can offer opportunities to face the impact of climate neutral change as well as contributing to making a more climate-neutral world. Get ready to make a start now. You can be a pioneer and help make a climate neutral campus.

Target groups
The challenge is open for master students who are ready to begin with their master’s thesis in early 2022.

The project
The project will be run as a strategic challenge between February 2022 and July 2022. The strategic challenge involves writing a master’s thesis with respect to a workload of about 900 hours (or about 30 ECTS). Timescale, examination and grading are conducted according to home university guidelines and regulations.

  • Kick-Off: 7th February 2022, 9.00 – 17.00 CET, and 8th February 2022, 9.00 – 14.00 CET
  • Several intermediate meetings between February and July (online and in presence)
  • Closing event: Late July/ early August 2022
  • Submission of the challenge report by the challenge team: end of August
  • Submission of master’s thesis: individual schedule

Further information:

Expectations from participants
Work in teams, willingness to travel to ECIU partner institutions, writing of a master’s thesis. The format of the strategic challenge needs about 900 hours distributed between February and July 2022.

Admission process
Applicants will be selected and contacted by the Academic Advisors of the respective ECIU partner institution. 

Structure of challenge
Online and in presence, team and individual work. Technical equipment incl. webcam is needed. 

Expected group size
12 participants (one of each ECIU partner institution), to be divided into 2-3 teams.

Interaction with the challenge provider, experts, teamcher, thesis supervisor, international students and professionals.

Deadline for application:
Deadline for application 11.03.2022, 23:59 CET.

Certification information:
Certification with respect to a workload of about 900 hours (or about 30 ECTS). This involves writing a master’s thesis or an equivalent recognition.


Hamburg University of Technology


ECIU University

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