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05/11/2023 | Campus-Meldung

Into the future with green energy and sustainable raw materials

"Green Energy and Sustainable Raw Materials" is the name of an SDG partnership that has now been acquired for the University of Kassel. It is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD. The Department of International Relations of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Centro de Estudios Latinamericanos (CELA) at the University of Kassel are involved.

The photo shows a building of the University of KasselImage: Photo: University of Kassel
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The DAAD's SDG partnerships promote international collaborations that particularly support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The funded partnership refers to the Sustainable Development Goals "Affordable and clean energy" (SDG 7) and "Climate action" (SDG 12).

Against this background, Kassel will work intensively with the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) in Argentina and the Universidad de la Habana (UH) in Cuba over the next four years. Because: "Energy transition, climate protection and sustainability do not work without international cooperation," says Prof. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt, Department of International Relations of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Kassel. The funding raised of more than 380,000 euros will finance 19 research and study visits to all three countries per year until 2026. This will benefit students, doctoral candidates and professors. The aim of the collaboration is to jointly research and implement solutions in the field of sustainable energy and raw materials supply. Not only will knowledge and perspectives be exchanged, but new joint teaching formats will also be tested. Various research projects and publications are on the agenda, as is an intensive transfer of knowledge to politics, business and society. The project is intended to serve as a lighthouse in Latin America, as the region specializes in the extraction and export of mainly non-renewable raw materials. In addition, this focus promotes an expansion and strengthening of existing SDG themes at all partner institutions, focusing on social-ecological research, sustainable development, and global inequality.

The project will strengthen the internationalization of research and teaching at the University of Kassel and CELA in important fields and is a significant mosaic piece in the development of the new Kassel Institute for Sustainability. At the same time, the successful acquisition shows that sustainability is already an important trademark of the University and the Kassel region.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt
FG International and Inter-Societal Relations
Tel.:0561 804-2797
Mail: magura[at]uni-kassel[dot]de
Web: magura[at]uni-kassel[dot]de