‛Responsibility through Education’ is our mission. In this way, Nürtingen-Geislingen University’s research and teaching excellence contributes to one of society’s most important goals.
Despite the impressive increase in student numbers in recent years, Nürtingen-Geislingen University remains in transition, a unique university based in two different locations and with a strong profile in economy and environment – ″Wirtschaft und Umwelt”. This profile has evolved from the University’s own history and is more up-to-date than ever. Our identification with Sustainable Development has been enhanced by the integration of Nürtingen’s University for Art Therapy in 2016. Nürtingen-Geislingen University is now well on its way to becoming a Model University for Sustainable Development.
We want to offer our students the best possible conditions for studying. We value our students’ experiences and their contributions. We help them gain transferable skills. Even as alumni, our students remain our students.
We can be proud of what we have achieved and of our cooperations. Our lecturers provide important links between teaching and practice. We are an organization that is still learning. We subscribe to a cooperative management style.
We offer our students science-based programs with a practical focus. We are particularly committed to applied research. We encourage publications.
We are a unique university with direct links to business – this is what attracts students from around the country. We are happy to compete with other universities. We are partners with many businesses. We are a university that promotes lifelong learning. Our profile is greatly enhanced by our many international cooperations and partners.
We get involved in social, cultural and economic life – especially in the towns of Nürtingen and Geislingen. We are strongly committed to the principles of sustainability.
The University understands Sustainable Development with its three pillars (economic, environmental, and social) in a similar way to the United Nation’s global discourse. Nürtingen-Geislingen University stresses the need to create economic value for the benefit of all while respecting ecological boundaries. The University wants to attain and be guided by the following strategic goals in order to enable Responsibility through Education:
We want to address the urgent need for transformation and the values and divergent goals of Sustainable Development. We encourage our students to embrace change and to think in a progressive way.
We want to provide all our students with the opportunity to develop sustainability competencies both specific to their subject and within an interdisciplinary context.
We want to create the conditions required for practice-related research in order to extend the knowledge base of Sustainable Development.
Through the use of scientific discourse and the transfer of research results, we want to enable people from within and without the University to get involved in Sustainable Development.
Responsibility through Education is also reflected in how the University is run. We are setting up structures that will make it easier to act sustainably and this, in turn, should improve the University’s operations.