Details for Karlshochschule Interational University

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Type of Organization


Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate


Karlsruhe, Germany


Sign Up Date to PRME

06 Feb 2015

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

17 Jan 2017

Sharing Information on Progress (2016)

PRME Progress Report Karlshochschule 2015-2016 - View Report

Period Covered: Jan 2015 to Jan 2016

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

1. Achievement
Karlshochschule aspires to incorporate sustainability on all levels as an institution

Mission statement
“I’m looking for a university that is pursuing an educational ideal in which people, along with their personal growth and social responsibility, are front and center.
This university wants to amaze its students and help them grow into contemplative individuals who help shape our future as thinkers and doers”.

Other official statements
We act on the assumption of the educational ideal of an educated young person with multifaceted interests, who is willing to assume responsibility, believes that leadership is an opportunity to serve others and society.
We act on the assumption of the ideal of a university that - literally - considers itself a service provider for the students, the economy and society that, through its competitive orientation, seismographically detects developments and trends and integrates them into its research and teaching.
Our academic profile is characterized by our cognitive interest in economic and entrepreneurial activity. We assume that economic reality is constructed and staged by the actors through ascription, interpretation and negotiation of sense and meaning and that economic interactions are culturally and socially "hyperformed".
We qualify young people for management and leadership functions in business and society. This includes, in addition to cognitive-theoretical knowledge ("rules") and instrumental knowledge ("tools"), orientative knowledge. Orientative knowledge is the knowledge of ethically justified ends and goals.
We believe that, in the performance of our tasks with regard to teaching, studying and researching, we have a special responsibility vis-à-vis our city, the region and the state of Baden-Württemberg as well as vis-à-vis the people living here and the regional businesses.

Karlshochschule has integrated the topic of sustainability into different courses and levels as follows:

On the bachelor level, sustainability is integrated in various modules in all study programs. One study program, ‘International Energy Management’, is in particular dedicated to issues of sustainability. Two other study programs, ‘International Business’ and ‘International Event Management’ have also a specific focus on sustainability.

In the ‘International Energy Management’ study program, students have the chance to exploring the world differently, while focusing on the specific area of energy and its management. Here they learn to contrast existing structures and systems of energy with a future more sustainable orientation. During this specialization, students study sustainability critically in modules like ‘Global Natural Energy Resources’ and ‘Sustainability, Energy Industry Management’, ‘Energy Efficiency’, ‘Energy Trade’, ‘Renewable Energies and the Research Colloquium ‘Current Issues in International Energy Management’.

In the ‘International Business’ study program, students are provided thorough knowledge about sustainability, concerning doing business globally. Particularly, students can acquire comprehensive knowledge specializing on ‘Managing Operations Globally’ (operation management, resources and capabilities for sustainable operations strategy and sustainable logistics and supply chain), ‘Sustainable Development’ (introduction to the concept of sustainability, the sustainability discourse and the economics of sustainable development.
Sustainability is part of contents related to ‘The Global Green New Deal’ and the UN call for Global Sustainability, ‘Moving Beyond GDP-Initiative’ and ‘International Finance and Sustainability’ (Financial Value Drivers and Sustainable Return on Investment, Environment and Natural Resource Taxation and The System of Environmental – Economic Accounting (SEEA)).

In the ‘International Event Management’ study program, learners can enhance knowledge particularly in the module Sustainable Events Development and Design which includes event concepts in different cultural, social and political contexts among others.

Furthermore, there is a selective module namely ‘Ethics in Management: Ethics and Sustainability’ that is applied for all the study programs on the bachelor level. Specifically, this module presents various interconnected areas from different perspectives such as concepts of Business Ethics, Sustainability Discourse, Ethical/Sustainable Consumerism, Interdependency between Capitalism, Growth Paradigms and the Exploitation of Natural Resources, Post-Growth and Sharing Economy and Theories of Uneven Development.

In other modules sustainability issues are included as learning objectives, e.g. in ‘Business Environment’ related to ecological impact on and of managerial activities; ‘Markets, Culture, Communication’ concerning understanding the interdependencies between markets, culture and communication and evaluating the meaning for entrepreneurial activity as well as taking into account ethical and normative aspects. Furthermore, the module ‘Change and Innovation’ that deals with socio-technical and socio-economic drivers of innovation and change, is related to sustainability.

On the master level, Karlshochschule provides one specialization called Sustainability and Urban Development. In addition, the university also articulates Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in many other modules like Culture, Markets and Consumption, Business Analysis, Strategic Practice, Business Transformation, Aesthetics and Ethics, Controlling, Edu Tour, and so on.
Specifically, in the module ‘Sustainability and Urban Development’, it is a process of building up knowledge along three semesters.

In the first semester, the module ‘Approaching Sustainability’ provides an overall idea concerning three dimensions of environment, society and economy. Also, this module deals also with specific areas related to sustainability, for instance energy, water, food, architecture, climate change and many others.

In the second semester, the module ‘Sustainable Urban Development: Conflicts and Acceptance’ focuses on the political level. In this module various dimensions of urban development are shown as well as relevant actors and their roles and the ways to deal with conflict and get acceptance in a development process.

In the third semester, the module on ‘Smart Cities & Regions: Transition & Transformation’ concentrates on reasons of transition to smart and sustainable cities. This module takes into account different approaches and perspectives on the chosen area, but also applying them to different areas while putting in the topic into the context of broader economic interests, universalism, globalization.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Karlshochschule is planning to implement the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). With these initiatives, we focus not only on daily operative activities towards a more sustainable way, but also on incorporating the same even more into our education. Especially, we aim to raise student awareness for this topic and its challenges by integrating it in all official courses and also in non-official ways, like optional or guest lectures, and public events e.g. so called “Karlsgespräche”.
Furthermore, there are different running and emergent projects in place to try to achieve the goals of the EMAS that empower active engagement of students. Accordingly, students are given a key role in implementing and evaluating EMAS with support from the Board of Management, professors and administrative staffs. In this way, students learn about sustainability and its possibilities and challenges, not only from theory but also from their own experiences and practice.
Participation in „Initiative Fairantwortung“
o Attending and contributing to international „FairPreneur-Congress – Internationaler Kongress zur nachhaltigen Unternehmensführung“ in Karlsruhe. 15. - 16. April 2015
Barcamp Karlsruhe sustainability (summer 2015) coordinator Patrick Breitenbach
Cooperation with network “Ethik und Verantwortung in der Arbeitswelt e.V.“ (Dr. Hans-Jochen Gscheidmeyer), pursing study on values in organisations and leadership, connected to issues of ethics and sustainability

II. What has Karlshochschule International University as an institution achieved and what are we planning to achieve in terms of academic research and knowledge development with companies in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability?
1. Achievement
Karlshochschule has professors, who specialize in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability, are doing research in different related topics.
At the moment, we have had some influence in this field to our business partners, for example L-Bank which is funding a professorship in finance, ethics and sustainability. Part of this funded professorship via L-Bank will be to approach and study with organisations and involve them in sustainability projects.
We have cooperated with other institutions like AFS (Intercultural Organization), and organized summer academies at Istanbul Kultur University in Turkey in 2013 and 2014 that were dedicated to the topic of sustainability
Karlshochschule organized some smaller workshops related to sustainability like “Degrowth” in 2014.

2. Plan
As mentioned before, concerning EMAS, Karlshochschule plans to communicate with different stakeholders, especially trying to change suppliers as well as looking for new partners with regard to study and realized concrete forms of practicing sustainable business.

We continue working together with partners preparing a summer academy on the topic of sustainability later in 2015 and the following years thereafter.
o The “Summer Academy on Sustainability from an Intercultural Perspective“ will take place from 3. to 14. August 2015 at Istanbul Kültür Üniversitesi

Cooperation with Effekte-Conference "Wissenschafts Dienstag" 08.09. 2015 to topic "WISSENSCHAFT UND WIRTSCHAFT" and sustainability, in collaboration with Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz Baden-Württemberg.
The school is in the process of implementing executive education programs for managers that incorporate issues and contents of corporate responsibility and sustainability related to organization and leadership development.

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