EUR 2 million in funding for digitalisation at Hamburg's universities

Free online content on environmental, climate and sustainability issues
16 June 2021
HafenCity

The collaborative "Open T-Shape for Sustainable Development" project, launched by universities in Hamburg, has received EUR 2 million from the Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre through 2024. The funds are being provided as part of the "Strengthening University Teaching Through Digitalisation" scheme to give students an opportunity to access online content about the environment, climate and sustainability beyond their course of studies. The TU Hamburg, the HafenCity University and the Hamburg Open Online University are all nvolved in the project.

Environmental and climate topics

"The experience of the past few months has shown us that we have to shape digitalisation actively and with commitment to benefit students," said Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality. The research-oriented Open T-Shape scheme highlights one of Hamburg's great strengths as a centre of science, she added. Digital learning offers, based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and prepared by TU Hamburg and HafenCity University, will be made freely accessible on the Hamburg Open Online University.

Algae technology
© TU Hamburg
Researchers at TU use microalgae reactors in their work.

Algae for more sustainability

Andreas Timm-Giel, President of the Hamburg University of Technology, remarked: "The Open T-Shape project offers students an opportunity to think outside the box and work towards a sustainable future." A TU research project involving the cultivation of algae useing an microalgae reactor will also be presented. The harvested algae are to be used as sustainable and healthy feed for fish in aquacultures and will provide bio-based pigments for the food industry.

Funding for digitalisation at universities

Three other projects in Hamburg will also benefit from the funding, provided by the foundation, to boost long-term, forward-looking projects at German universities. This comes after the pandemic forced many universities to adjust their courses and teaching and to expand digital infrastructure at short notice.

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Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU)

Founded in 2015, the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU) is a joint institution set up by state universities and the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Multimedia Kontor Hamburg and the City of Hamburg. Since early 2020, it has been organised as a company. HOOU boosts diverse educational projects, which can be accessed freely on http://www.hoou.de in the spirit of Open Education Resources. The platform has around 250 offers and 200 learning materials, which can be accessed any time, anywhere and without prior registration.