Networks and alliances

Leuphana has set itself the goal of reflecting on and accompanying the major transformations of our time and helping to shape them for the common good. To this end, it relies on strong partnerships and close networking with other academic institutions, companies, and political and civil society actors.

Strategic university alliances

Leuphana is active in selected university alliances that collectively promote and advance specific strategic goals of their members. Here, the university can publicize and anchor its broad activities in research, teaching and infrastructure in a broader context.

Association of North German Universities (VNU) 
The Association of North German Universities includes the universities of Bremen, Greifswald, Hamburg (University and TU), Kiel, Lübeck, Lüneburg, Oldenburg, Rostock and, as an external cooperation partner, the University of Groningen. The goals of the network are to promote quality in studying and teaching and cooperation in research, as well as exchange on central issues of higher education policy. Leuphana is currently home to the network's administrative office.

University Alliance (UA) 11+
The University Alliance 11+ is an association of research and transfer strong universities of medium size in Germany, which are characterized by a special role in their regional environment. Leuphana is represented together with the universities of Bielefeld, Greifswald, Kaiserslautern-Landau, Kassel, Magdeburg, Paderborn, Passau, Potsdam, Saarbrücken, Siegen, Trier, Ulm and Wuppertal. The association focuses on the political representation of interests as well as the mutual exchange of experiences in the context of regional structural development.

German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training (UniWiND/GUAT)
Leuphana is one of nine founding members of the German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training, which now has 76 member institutions. The members consider the promotion of young scientists as a central task and strive to improve the conditions of young scientists in the qualification phase.

Franco-German University (FGU)
The Franco-German University was founded in 1997 by the governments of Germany and France and consists of a network of over 200 universities, universities of applied sciences and grandes écoles. The network promotes, initiates and evaluates Franco-German study programs.

Higher education policy networks

Within the major higher education policy networks at the state and national level as well as at the European and international level, Leuphana, together with other universities, initiates initiatives in the areas of research, teaching and infrastructure, influences education and research policy and enters into dialogue with funding agencies.

State Rectors Conference of Lower Saxony (LHK) 
The State Rectors Conference of Lower Saxony is the association of the universities and universities of applied sciences in Lower Saxony under state responsibility. It deals with overarching issues of higher education and science policy and represents the interests of its member universities vis-à-vis the state and the federal government. The President of Leuphana is active as spokesperson for the Teaching & Studies Commission and member of the Higher Education Law & Governance Commission.

German Rectors' Conference (HRK)
The state and state-recognized universities in Germany are represented by their respective presidencies and rectorates as members of the German Rectors' Conference. It represents the interests of its member universities in politics and in public, contributes to the development of basic principles and standards in the higher education system, and provides various services related to science and education.

European University Association (EUA)
The European University Association is an association of more than 800 European universities and 48 national university rectors' conferences that plays an important role in the Bologna Process and in advising EU policy in the fields of higher education, research and innovation. Within the European University Association, Leuphana is an active member of the Council for Doctoral Education, where it contributes to the further development of doctoral education in Europe.

International Association of Universities (IAU)
The International Association of Universities was founded in 1950 under the auspices of UNESCO. With more than 650 members, it is the most important association representing the interests of higher education institutions at the global level and an important forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the international higher education context.


Leuphana wants to make a contribution to sustainable development. It is therefore active in a variety of global, national and regional sustainability networks in order to develop and implement ideas for a sustainable future together with its partners.

A comprehensive list of all Leuphana's networks in the field of sustainability can be found here.

Management and Entrepreneurship

Leuphana promotes entrepreneurship in a comprehensive sense. It is active in a number of networks that strengthen and disseminate this approach to entrepreneurship.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Leuphana's Faculty of Management and Technology, like many other renowned business schools worldwide, is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The faculty is currently striving for international accreditation; such an AACSB accreditation certifies an internationally recognized high quality level of the study programs.

European University Network on Entrepreneurship (ESU)
The European University Network on Entrepreneurship is a network of working groups at currently 14 European universities and business schools for the promotion of entrepreneurship research and the education of doctoral students in this research field.

Global Business School Network (GBSN)
As one of currently four German members of the Global Business School Network, Leuphana supports the network's mission to focus on sustainable development in business-related study programs and to ensure access to high-quality management and entrepreneurship education for people from countries in the global South. 

Yunus Centres Network (YCSB).
The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Values at Leuphana is part of a network of around 100 Yunus Centres around the world. Supported by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, the centers study and promote ventures that address social and environmental challenges through their research, teaching and transfer activities.

Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)
As a signatory to the United Nations PRME initiative, Leuphana is part of a network of over 800 institutions worldwide that have committed to implementing principles of responsible and values-based management education.

Digitization and digital infrastructure

Leuphana supports interaction and dialog in research and teaching not only in analog form, but also digitally. High-performance digital infrastructures can only be built jointly with partners. That is why Leuphana is involved in a number of networks.

Since 2020, Leuphana has been implementing the campus management system of the same name, originally developed at TU Graz, as a member of the CAMPUSonline network. In Germany, RWTH Aachen, TU Munich, the University of Bayreuth, the University of Heidelberg, the University of Stuttgart, the University of Wittden/Herdecke and the University of Cologne are also participating. Lower Saxony
As a member of the umbrella initiative Lower Saxony, Leuphana is actively involved in the joint development of digital infrastructures for studying, teaching, research and administration in Lower Saxony's higher education system.

Regional networks

Leuphana is represented in several networks of a regionally anchored university. As by far the largest research and educational institution in northeastern Lower Saxony, it is aware of its special responsibility for the development of the region. It actively networks with regional actors such as the municipal administration, schools and companies in order to help shape a sustainable society and an environment worth living in locally.

Lüneburg 2030+
The citizen participation project "Lüneburg 2030+" was realized as a cooperation between the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg and Leuphana from 2015 to 2022 with funding in the millions from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It aimed to develop and implement the sustainable design of their city together with the people of Lüneburg. It consisted of a mission statement process, which aimed to develop an integrated urban development concept, and 15 real-life experiments.

Campus Schools Network
The Campus Schools Network effectively meshes teacher training and classroom research. Leuphana cooperates with six schools in the region to provide prospective teachers with insights into everyday school life and to pilot and evaluate teaching concepts.

Gender equality and diversity

Leuphana University is committed to an appreciative, family-friendly, and gender- and diversity-responsive learning, working, and research culture. Therefore, it is also involved in a number of networks to promote gender equality, family friendliness, heterogeneity and anti-discrimination at universities. 

Federal Conference of Women’s Representatives and Equal Opportunity Officers at Universities (bukof.
Leuphana is a member of the Federal Conference of Women’s Representatives and Equal Opportunity Officers at Universities. This serves as a platform for the exchange of information and experience and develops statements and proposals on equality-related topics in the context of higher education and science. 

National Conference of Equal Opportunity Officers at Universities and Academic Institutions in Lower Saxony (lakog)
The he National Conference of Equal Opportunity Officers at Universities and Academic Institutions in Lower Saxony is the association of equal opportunity actors at Lower Saxony's universities under state responsibility. Like its equivalent at the federal level, it represents equality policy interests in the university and scientific context at the state level.

Success Factor Family
Initiated by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, the Success Factor Family network works to make visible and promote family-friendly human resources policies in organizations and serves its members as a basis for exchange on the topic of reconciling family and career.

Family IN the university
Leuphana is part of the network of institutions that have signed the charta "Family in the university". The members of this network place a special emphasis on family friendliness and promote the compatibility of studies, work or academic activities with family responsibilities.

Diversity Charta
By signing the "Diversity Charta", Leuphana has become part of a network of institutions that are committed to creating a working environment characterized by mutual respect and where diversity is valued. Each year, Leuphana participates in the Germany-wide Diversity Day established by the Diversity Charta.

Gender and Diversity Research Network
The Gender and Diversity Research Network at Leuphana is a professional, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary as well as scientific and university-political network of scientists*. It aims to promote dialogue and cooperation between the academic disciplines at Leuphana through joint initiatives, (research) projects and events, to intensify gender- and diversity-oriented research, teaching and qualification of students and young academics, to strengthen (non-)university networking and to bring gender and diversity issues to different publics.