Cologne Business School is a strategic partner in two transnational sustainability projects

Press releases   -  13. August 2019

The Center for Advanced Sustainable Management at the Cologne Business School is now collaborating with European research partners as part of the newly founded ISSUE project (Innovative Solutions for SUstainability in Education). From September 2019, the Cologne-based Research Institute for CSR and Sustainability will also enter into another transnational partnership as part of the EFFORT project (EFFectiveness Of Responsibility Teaching). Both cooperations aim to develop innovative teaching concepts based on principles and goals of sustainable development and their adaptation to higher education institutions.

Cologne, 13.08.2019. The Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) at the Cologne Business School is cooperating with the project partnership ISSUE (Innovative Solutions for SUstainability in Education) for the first time in a transnational research project on the development of sustainable educational instruments with seven educational institutions: Budapest Business School (Hungary), Leeds Bleckett University (UK), IEIC-Bled School of Management (Slovenia), Lappeenranta University (Finland), INFODEF – Institute for the Promotion of Development and Training (Spain), Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (Hungary) and CEEMAN – The international Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies (Slovenia). Supported by the Erasmus+ programme, researchers will spend over 30 months designing new learning formats according to modern pedagogical approaches that raise awareness of sustainable thinking and action among educational actors. The project also includes areas of integrated reporting and Green Office designs.

“We are delighted to be part of the ISSUE partnership to jointly develop innovative educational formats for training tomorrow’s managers. For us, it is essential that managers, employees and students not only gain an understanding of sustainability, but also act accordingly. Our findings and educational formats from the project will thus also be transferred into teaching practice at the Cologne Business School, above all in our newly introduced Master’s programme “General Management – Sustainable Management”, says René Schmidpeter, Head of the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management at the Cologne Business School.

As part of the joint cooperation, the institutions will also devote themselves to independent subprojects for the conception of training materials and research publications. The scientists at the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) plan to develop a news summer school programme together with students. During the project phase, the partners will organise several regional and international events to disseminate the project results to the various interest groups, in particular to executives and staff at the faculties as well as sustainability experts and public representatives.

In addition, the Cologne Business School will start another transnational partnership in September 2019 under the Erasmus+ funding programme of the European Union. As part of the 36-month EFFORT (EFFectiveness Of Responsibility Teaching) project, an evaluation tool will be developed to enable higher education institutions to teach sustainability skills more effectively. In addition, the partners will develop and pilot further innovative teaching concepts. The project leader is the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR). Other project partners besides the Cologne Business School are the Budapest Business School (Hungary), Lappeenranta University (Finland), the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and the Aldo Moro University Bari (Italy).

More information on the ISSUE project partnership can be found at:

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