Coordination Office for Service Learning and Civic Engagement
In autumn of 2011, the Coordination Office for Service Learning and Civic Engagement was established as part of UniKasselTransfer. The coordination office supports members of the University of Kassel in linking their teaching, learning and research in a meaningful way with practical engagement for the common good. The focus is on promoting Service Learning. However, other forms of engagement are also supported, such as student initiatives or initiatives by scientists such as Scientists For Future Kassel.
Successful in Service Learning
At the University of Kassel, around 30 subject-integrated courses with Service Learning take place every semester - more than at any other university in Germany. All departments are involved.
About half of the courses benefit from the advisory, financial or organizational support of the coordination office. Each semester, more than 100 civil society organizations are involved as partners.
Initially, the coordination office was funded by the Stifterverband (competition win in the program "More than research and teaching! Universities in Society," 2011 to 2013), then by the state of Hesse (study structure program, 2013 to 2015).
Most recently, most of the funding came from the federal-state program "Qualitätspakt Lehre" (2015 to 2020). At the beginning of 2021, the University of Kassel decided to transfer the area of Service Learning to permanent funding.
All funding also includes (or included) funds for the financial support of individual courses with Service Learning, which can be applied for by the departments.
This project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research under the funding code 01PL12036 (first funding phase) and 01PL17036 (second funding phase). The author is responsible for the content of this publication.
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