University of Kassel

The University of Kassel, founded in 1971, is a young, modern and vibrant university, characterized by its openness to new ideas in every single area of its work. Receptivity, initiative, transdisciplinary thinking and unconventionality are traits we cherish and welcome in studies, research and teaching, but also in knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial ventures, to which the university provides special support. We aspire to develop, validate and implement ideas – even if they are not yet in the mainstream. The University of Kassel has an unconventional profile with fields of expertise in nature, technology, culture and society. Questions relating to the future of our planet and our existence such as globalisation, climate change, environmental protection as well as questions regarding the evolution of technical systems or demographic change are characteristic of our profile in both research and teaching.

With more than 25,000 students and approximately 1,800 scholars, among them more than 300 professors, the University of Kassel is one of Germany’s mid-sized universities. It plays a key role in the development of the northern Hessen region, but its profile also attracts many students and scholars from across Germany and abroad. We nurture creativity, critical analysis, ethical reflection and unconventional thinking. Extending the development of academic fields beyond their boundaries is another marker for many University of Kassel research centres searching for sustainable answers to our most important questions. This focus offers scholars and scientists exciting challenges and also paves the way for students into their lives and careers.

The University of Kassel counts with 11 Faculties/Schools (Human Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Planning, Economics and Management, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Organic Agricultural Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and School of Art and Design) and 10 interdisciplinary research structures (INCHER-Kassel, CINSaT, CESR, TASK, CliMA, ITeG, ICDD, FAST, ZELL and UNIPace) The Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences holds a prominent position in the university landscape in Germany and internationally with its definitive organic profile. Questions of ecology are central to all research and teaching, forming the theoretical framework in all disciplines. This is a clear profile oriented towards the future. The central theme in teaching, research and knowledge transfer is to examine the contextual relationship between healthy diets and sustainable food systems. This interrelationship is central to the 17 goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, which is also a key part of the EU Food Research Agenda 2030. The question of the department is how the quality of food and a healthy diet can be connected with organic production, processing and trade. This question will be examined in an interdisciplinary manner and with a network of partners in three different areas of work

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