visegrad fund logo blue 800px 1The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

Duration: 01/03/2020 – 31/08/2021

‘We humans are not stupid, we are not ruining the biosphere and future living conditions for all species because we are evil, we are simply not aware. But once we understand, once we realise the situation then we act, we change.’ - Greta Thunberg, climate activist, R20 Austrian World Summit in Wien, 28/05/2019.

The quote describes our mission: V4GU aims at contributing to the support of today’s largest challenge, the fight against climate change by awareness raising. The special report of IPCC on global warming was announced in Incheon, on 8 Oct 2018. It states that limiting global warming to 1.5 C would require rapid, far-reaching changes in all aspects of society. The report relies on more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the contribution of thousands of experts and government reviewers worldwide. One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that global net human-caused emissions of CO2 need to fall by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ for 2050. The report highlights the role of ‘Education, information and community approaches’ in this mission. The past decade has shown that we need to change the way we are talking about climate change. People think that the impacts will arise generations later, and mostly at developing countries. Clear message has to be formulated that shows direct concern for the people. But climate change is caused by GHGs of diverse, invisible sources. We do not see the emissions of our food consumption or energy use, therefore we have to calculate and explain it for people repeatedly. V4GU targets the younger generation, who are the most susceptible. Universities represent large communities with their thousands of employees and ten thousands of students, who can also act as multipliers by sharing their eco-conscious practices with friends, family, wider public via social media. Universities are also equipped with the scientific knowledge to measure the climate impacts of people’s everyday routines, identify reduction potentials, measure results.


Our partners are engaged member universities of the worldwide network of UI GreenMetric World University Ranking [], which calls the attention of university leaders and stakeholders on global climate change, the importance of energy and water conservation, waste recycling, and green transportation. Together with University of Pécs, consortium  leader of V4GU, the following partners take part in the implementation:


The project will build the awareness raising campaign and knowledge exchange on the following activities:

1. ‘V4 Green University conferences’: We’ll organise a virtual conference to introduce:

a. The climate protection program of the institutions;

b. The toolset of the involved universities for mobilizing students, lecturers and employees to change their behaviour and integrate eco-conscious routines into their everyday practices. We focus in identifying what tools touch the students.  

c. Results of the activities so far, success factors;

d. Involving all other universities of the V4 countries to the cooperation, motivating them to set up climate protection plans, share knowledge.                                                                     

2. Local (national) workshops

All partners will organise workshops to discuss the possibilities of joint green university programmes inside the country, and identify the cooperation possibilities with the institutions of the other countries. We will focus on involving experts of energy efficiency, renewables, water consumption, waste treatment, etc. to ensure that realistic actions will be traced out. 

3. Video campaigns for students

Students’, our direct target group’s attention can be grabbed only by tailor-made, exciting tools such as online videos with infographics and cartoons. TED videos will serve as a basis for this work. Our aim is to explain the students how their everyday habits influence the climate and how their behaviour could be transformed to an eco-conscious attitude.

4. Organising social competitions

People always compare their behaviour to others and they want to be the best, that’s why social competitions work. The social pressure encourages people to reduce their energy consumption and change some other everyday habits like food consumption, travel or use of water. Partners will organise social competitions – one in each country – to activate their students, and incite them for changing their behaviour. 

V4 Green Universities – International conference

Data protection notice V4GU

A Ukrainian-German Partnership for digital supported Learning and Teaching

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From September 2020, the two partner universities - Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and Ukrainian National Forestry University in Lviv - are jointly implementing a project funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The main goal of the project is the integration and professionalisation of digital methods into learning and teaching of both universities. 

Key element to reach this goal is the conceptualisation and implementation of a cross-university blended learning module and training course „Project Development and Proposal Writing“ that is addressed to graduate students and university staff.  

Duration: 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2022


Main Aim

  • Integration of high quality methods and standards in
    digital supported learning and teaching at both universities
  • Joint training of graduate students and university staff of both
    universities in project planning and acquiring third party funding
  • Strengthening and extending the international
    cooperation and network between both universities 

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  • Survey with university members about needs and interests (Link will follow)
  • E-learning training workshop for lecturers (see below)
  • Pilot application, evaluation and adjustment of the course “Project Development and Proposal Development” (see below)

Training Workshop “E-Learning tools and their application”

Target audience

  • Lecturers of both universities

Number of possible participants

  • approx.15 (half of them from EUSD)

Requirements for participation

  • Time availability and motivation
  • English skills would be helpful but are not mandatory


  • Originally planned: 4 days full-time workshop in Eberswalde
  • Alternative: Online workshops over 2 weeks


  • Tbd (summer term 2021)

Course “Project Development and Proposal Writing”

Target audiences:

  • Graduate students (master degree and PhD students) 
    → module (6 credits)
  • University staff (scientific and administration staff) 
    → trainings course

Pilot application

  • Number of possible participants
  • approx. 12 graduate students (half of them from EUSD)
  • approx.12 university staff (half of them from EUSD)

Requirements for participation

  • Application with motivation letter (selection process if necessary) 
  • Sufficient English skills


  • E-Learning with combination of asynchron and synchron elements
  • Face-to-face events in Eberswalde
  • Joint proposal writing in mixed international groups


  • Tbd (winter term 2021)

Our partner university - Ukrainian National Forestry University

UNFUmit-LogoThe Ukrainian National Forestry University (UNFU) is the only university in Ukraine with a forestry profile. It covers the field of ecological economics and matches the areas of research and scholarly activities carried out at the EUSD. The EUSD and UNFU have worked together in an informal capacity building between several faculties since 2011 (e.g. here). First contact between university staff was established during the implementation of different activities of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management at EUSD in the Ukraine.

 Since 2016, the partnership was further developed by a joint implementation of several projects within the DAAD-funding programme “East-West Dialogue”. Find more on that here. There is currently another joint project running between both universities, which deals with forest management transformation.Hauptgebude-UNFU

►PDF Document with information about Internship opportunities: Internship-opportunities-in-UNFU_2020.pdf 

Moreover, the establishment of an Erasmus+ partnership on university level provides the basis for regular exchange of staff and students between several faculties since 2016. A sign of the cooperative partnership was also set when the President of the EUSD, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm-Günther Vahrson, was awarded an honorary doctorate from UNFU in March 2019. More information in German here.



 Team & Contact 

Project Lead EUSD

Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch


Project Coordination

Angela Dichte
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Student Assistant

Jasper Carstens
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Project Lead UNFU

Dr. habil. Vasyl Lavnyy
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 Project Coordination

Oleksiy Sinkevych
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