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Teaching projects funded so far

The following teaching projects by employees have already been funded by the Sustainable Impact Program (SIP). More projects are constantly being added on an ongoing basis.

Sustainability in Computer Science Studies

In computer science study programmes, the focus is usually on technical aspects. In his teaching project, Josef Spillner uses the example of a public transport trip planner to teach students how to create socially relevant software services that are both autonomous and resilient as well as computationally efficient. Integrated into an elective module, the students encounter topics such as 'Green IT' and service resilience. Furthermore, a trip to a regional application operator and several short guest lectures on the topic of 'SDGs 9 and 12 in the IT context' are also part of this project.

Tours against Food Waste

Claudio Beretta's project plans food waste tours with an interactive walk through the exhibition. Initially, they will be conducted on a mobile basis at schools, and starting at the end of 2023 they can also be visited on site in the new RD building at the ZHAW in Wädenswil. The tour provides pupils, students and other future decision-makers and consumers with awareness and know-how on how to avoid food waste. Participants also learn about practical food production from by-products. The project aims to reach around 20 school classes or groups, i.e. around 400 to 600 participants, by the beginning of 2024.

Circular Economy in Student Papers

In his teaching project, Jens Baier wants to introduce the students of the School of Engineering to ecological sustainability and in particular the topic of the circular economy. Every student project supervised at the Centre for Product and Process Development should also deal with the topic of the circular economy. The possibilities are many, but the effects are often unclear. Is a different material needed? Are eco-design principles taken into account? Is an alternative business model needed and how can the impacts actually be assessed? The project serves to develop a guideline to facilitate the discussion of the topic of circular economy in student work.

Making Sustainability Knowledge Accessible

The project "Students 4 OER" by Nicole Krüger and the OER team of the university library introduced students to the practice of publishing OER - Open Educational Resources. As motivation, prices for the creation of high-quality OER were announced with the requirement that the OER have a connection to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. By publishing OER on a sustainability topic, students have the chance to contribute to equal opportunities in education. In addition, they can become part of to the public dialogue with their perspective and how they prepare knowledge, thus increasing the diversity of existing teaching materials on their topic.

Strengthening Traditional Handicrafts in Europe and Beyond

Whether it's haute couture in Paris, leather studios in Italy or watchmaking in Switzerland - craftsmanship is deeply rooted in Europe and provides a livelihood for many people even beyond the continent. But craft traditions do not have it easy in an increasingly fast-paced and technologised world. With the help of his teaching project, Fabio Duma wants to contribute to raising awareness and finding interdisciplinary solutions. As part of a module in the Master's programme in International Business, students learn about the current and future significance of handicrafts in an international market and, as potential future managers, deal with the challenges and opportunities of handicraft professionals.

Getting ready for International Climate Negotiations

In the International Virtual Course "Tackling Climate Change through Global Learning" with partners in Brazil, India and Kenya, project leader Claudia Veith and her team train students to become global change agents who contribute to sustainable development with their skills. With the support of the SIP, the course is being expanded to include the aspect of "Climate Negotiations". The aim is for the students to develop an understanding of the different negotiating positions by participating countries and to experience the challenges but also the opportunities of international climate negotiations. Each year, at least 50 students and ten coaches thus expand their expertise and build up sought-after methodological and social skills through this international practical experience.