From 22 to 26 August, the summer school "Reimagining Universities as Drivers of Sustainability" will take place in Berlin. Students are invited to develop ideas and models for how universities can respond to the growing urgency of the climate crisis.
We would like to invite two students from your university to this Summer School.

This Summer School is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office and is primarily for students from universities in the Western Balkan countries. Students receive a travel grant of €375.00 and an accommodation grant of €273.00.

In Berlin, these students will work together with students from the European university network Circle U. (

The Summer School is part of the one-year project "Think and Do Dialogue: The Role and Responsibility of Universities in Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals" and was initiated by Prof. Dr. Ivanka Popovic from the University of Belgrade. Prof. Dr. Anne Enderwitz from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is responsible for the content of the programme.

Over one week, students take part in creative, solution-focused modules and activities, such as workshops, meetings with start-ups and excursions. We’ll combine approaches from the natural sciences, education and cultural studies, from architecture, urban development and social entrepreneurship. The interdisciplinary programme will offer diverse and practice-oriented perspectives on developing measures for transforming universities into drivers of sustainability.

The summer school recognises the potential of universities to act as disseminators of knowledge and to develop best practices. We want to help this potential to become reality: by investigating the possibility of a green campus, by reflecting on how to integrate sustainability into university curricula, and by developing ideas for a better knowledge exchange between universities and civic partners. You can find the complete programme of the Summer School attached.

The aim of the summer school is to jointly develop practicable recommendations for climate protection in a European context that can also be realised at the home universities of the participating students from different countries.

We would be very pleased if you would support us in finding suitable participants from your university. Suitable are students of all disciplines who are at least in the second year of their Bachelor's degree or are already studying for their Master's degree, who have English proficiency (at least level B2 according to the CEFR) and are enthusiastic about sustainability issues.

It would be great if you could approach suitable students directly or call for applications and make a shortlist. Ideally, you could recommend four students to us by 24 June.

We would then select two out of the four nominated students. In order to make a fair selection, it would be helpful if the following documents were sent to us by each nominated student: a letter of motivation, a CV and an overview of grades.


Please send the nominations and the students' documents to the following address:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. A short response if you are in principle willing to support us and nominate suitable students would be great for further planning.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming your students at our Summer School in Berlin!

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