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Fachhochschule Düsseldorf – University of Applied Science
Description/achievement of initiative

On July 20th of 2012 our first day of sustainability will take place parallel to the conference in Rio de Janeiro (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20). Prior to this day will be held a press conference at Campus Süd of our university.

Implementation methodologies

As a university with various functions such as teaching, research and qualification the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences has the goal to contribute to the implementation and realization of UNGC principals within the actions of enterprises and other institutions.This can be done, on one hand, through collaboration with the numerous contacts our University has to enterprises and other institutions through common research projects as well as by collaboration in teaching and advanced training. On the other hand are particularly our students today the decision makers of the companies and institutions of tomorrow.According to the expectations of the UNGC to all participating academic institutions the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences wants to enable their students to think cross-linked and appraise the intended and unintended consequences of their actions in economic, technical, social, cultural, political and ecological dimensions.We want to encourage our students for the future to make holistic decisions and actions under consideration of all relevant factors and that they learn to take responsibility for the effects of their behavior. In our opinion this is, apart from a good preparation for a qualified work-related future for them, one of the most important tasks of universities within the society and our contribution to make the world a better place. In this context the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences sees itself confronted with the tasks of the critical supervision and support of UNGC intentions and as an academic institution to furthermore accompany related activities of enterprises and other organizations.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Fachhochschule Düsseldorf - University of Applied Science
Progress reports
Goal 4
Communication on Progress - COP (UNGC)
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development

Basic information
Time-frame: 2012 - 2015
Fachhochschule Düsseldorf - University of Applied Science
Contact information
Brigitte Grass, President, brigitte.grass@hs-duesseldorf.de
United Nations