A University for the 21st Century
Which cultural foundations and changes leave their mark on our society? How can we preserve our scope of future formative action through sustainable action? How do corporate and social values develop? And how can we create optimal educational opportunities and chances for the future for all?
Culture, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and education – these are the four thematic focuses in research and teaching through which Leuphana University of Lüneburg addresses the future of social commitment to civil society in the 21st century.
Undergraduate studies at Leuphana follow an award-winning study model that is unique in the German academic landscape. Challenging, open, lively, and sustainable: Leuphana College offers students a diversely integrated, interdisciplinary bachelor’s program that allows students to think far beyond disciplinary boundaries. At Graduate School students can choose from various master’s programs with possibilities for interdisciplinary specialization. You can start preparing for your doctoral studies either while still being a master’s student or right after completion of your master’s studies. The Professional School offers those having already joined the job market a wide range of continuing education programs.
Leuphana sets great store not only on the quality of its programs of study, but particularly on the students’ responsibility, curiosity, and initiative as well as on frequently changing perspectives by questioning what seems to be known, and on the dialogue between different disciplines and between science and practice.
Research focuses on the four science initiatives in sustainability research, cultural research, management & entrepreneurship, and educational research/teacher education. To strengthen Lüneburg both as a research location and as an economic stronghold, Leuphana University will realize a large-scale EU project, the so-called Innovation Incubator, in the years ahead. Within the scope of this project, about 100 million euros will flow into the regional economic development. A number of projects have already been planned, such as cooperative research projects, training and continuing education activities as well as infrastructure projects. At the same time, a new central building will be built as part of the Campus of the Future designed by architect and visiting professor Daniel Libeskind.
In recognition of its development as a humanistic, proactive, and sustainable university, Leuphana received an award from the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (German Science Foundation) within the scope of the competition on “Strategies for Excellence at Small and Medium-sized Universities” in 2007 as well as an award from the Mercator Foundation and the Volkswagen Foundation within the scope of the national competition on “The Future of Teaching” in 2010.