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Creative Lab Ruhr

Interdisciplinary teams use the method of design thinking to develop creative solutions for real social challenges in the fields of education, culture and sustainability. Together with non-profit partners of practice from the Ruhr region, sustainable ideas for a sustainable transfer of knowledge from the university to the region are created.



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Studium hoch E

“Studium hoch E” - Integration of internationals through their engagement

The UDE includes 20 percent of international students which proofs the attractiveness of the UDE’s localization. Therefore, it is important to decrease the barrier of integration into the cultural life and the community as much as possible.

The UDE and two other universities in Germany were selected for the project because of the longstanding experience with Service Learning and social commitment. Within the project the UDE cooperates with the “Ehrenamt Agentur e. V.”. The project is professionally supported by the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle and the Freiwilligen-Agentur Halle.

In a three-year transfer and development project, the UDE will now develop low barriers for access, lasting opportunities, and supportive framework conditions for the civic engagement of students with a migration history and international students to contribute to social integration.

The special feature of the project is the intersectoral cooperation between universities on the one hand and civil society organizations on the other, as well as the intensification of mutual knowledge transfer. Especially, the long-standing cooperation between UNIAKTIV and the Ehrenamt Agentur Essen e. V. was highlighted as important.[CF(1]

While the Ehrenamt Agentur provides counseling and mediation services on the campus Essen, UNIAKTIV will develop customized didactic programs for the target group in cooperation with the International Office and the Tutoring Service Center of the UDE. Ultimately, the aim of all measures is to increase the target group's ability to study and to enable social participation.

The federal network Bürgerschaftliches Engagement (BBE) in Berlin is the sponsor of the joint project StudiumE, which is funded by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). The project is made possible by the provision of a contribution by the rectorate of the UDE.

Through the cooperation with the Ehrenamt Agentur Essen e.V. and the International Office, students are given easier access to information and support for their path to involvement.[CF(2]

The Ehrenamt Agentur Essen e.V. provides advice on volunteer opportunities every weekday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by phone at 0201/839-1485 or on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by video call via Zoom. In this case, you are asked to register by e-mail to, where you will receive the meeting ID.

+++ Due to the current situation, unfortunately no face-to-face consultations can take place at the moment. As soon as the situation allows, face-to-face consultations will be offered again at the Essen campus in PIK (in front of S05). +++


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Als Mitglied des europäischen Universitätsnetzwerks Aurora setzt die Universität Duisburg-Essen auf intensive Kooperationen mit ausgewählten Partneruniversitäten von Reykjavik bis Neapel. Von dieser Zusammenarbeit profitieren sowohl Studierende, Forschende und Lehrende als auch Verwaltungsmitarbeiter:innen.
Mit der Bewilligung einer Aurora European Universities Allianz durch die Europäische Kommission wurden die gemeinsamen Aktivitäten im Sommer 2020 auf eine neue Ebene gehoben.

UNIAKTIV gestaltet AURORA in den Workpackages Service Learning und Co-Creation für die UDE.

Zu Aurora an der UDE

ComPaS - Community Partner Survey

Um den Effekt von Service-Learning auf die Arbeit von Community-Partnern untersuchen zu können, hat UNIAKTIV in Zusammenarbeit mit Dr. Cornelia Arend-Steinebach (Bildungswissenschaften) im Februar eine Befragung mit Community Partnern durchgeführt. Dabei geht der Dank zunächst an die zahlreichen Teilnehmer der Befragung. Aktuell werden die Ergebnisse ausgewertet und im Herbst veröffentlicht. Die Ergebnisse werden zeitgleich hier auf der Website, sowie bei der nächsten HbdV-Tagung im September und der EASLHE-Konferenz im Oktober präsentiert.

Abgeschlossene Projekte

HBdV meeting 2019

Information regarding the HBdV-Tagung 2019 will be presented soon.
Until then, the website of the meeting is linked here.



Campus and community

From November 2014 to November 2016, the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany is funding six universities with 40,000 euros each to develop partnerships with civil society and make their individual approaches usable for the public. During the funding period, the universities and their partner organizations regularly share their experiences, upcoming challenges and options for action with other experts in a collegial forum. Together, the funded universities are expected to develop a concept for quality criteria and thus lay the foundations for a possible auditing procedure in this area.

The following universities and universities of applied sciences were selected from a total of 73 applications from all German states:

  • University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin
  • Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences
  • Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (representing an association of Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences)
  • Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

On December 10, 2015, the University of Duisburg-Essen, together with the Ehrenamt Agentur Essen, organized the "Teaching" focus meeting of the collegial forum.


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SS 2012 - 30.09.2016

With the Connect program, UNIAKTIV not only realized a prime example of how service learning can be implemented in practice, but at the same time got involved in the region itself: In one-week workshops, high school students and students from a wide range of disciplines developed project ideas on a socially relevant topic with lecturers from the UDE.

Funded by: Federal Government (Bund-Länder program)

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Essen - European Green Capital 2017

Uniaktiv participates as part of the UDE with measures and actions at "European Green Capital Essen 2017

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Talent management


2012 - 2013

Potential analysis CampusCommunityPartnerships

financed through: Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

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Award as a place of progress


September 18, 2014

Award of UNIAKTIV as "Place of Progress" by the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Funded by: Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research

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November 2011 until March 2013

Commitment through teaching and research for the region

Funded by: Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany and Stiftung Mercator

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November 14, 2011

Presentation of the UNIAKTIV Award for Social Commitment

Funded by: University of Duisburg-Essen and UNIAKTIV

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Mentoring Ausbildung

Chance hoch 2

From the start of the project in 2010 until March 2017, UNIAKTIV designed and implemented the training and coordination of student mentors for the  Chance hoch 2 program.