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How can VIA Design University stimulate learning within sustainability and the generation of sustainable innovative concepts amongst their students?

Global Context:

Educational institutions address the formative years of our future designers, engineers, architects, urban developers and all other agents of change. It is a critical period where students are receptive, free to experiment and develop the foundation for how they will think, work and the principles that will guide them in their life journey. Moreover, it is much easier and cheaper for our society to address sustainability within the formative years of future professionals than to hope they will be trained or reeducated while they have already started working. Therefore, universities are becoming more and more aware that they need to equip their students with the right tools, principles and knowledge in order for them to succeed in creating a better more sustainable future for all. 

Year: 2017-2019

Status: Finalized

Client: VIA Student Incubator, VIA Design University College, Denmark

Solved: The S.I.T. – Sustainable Innovation Traineeship 

The program is an international traineeship for undergraduate students from both VIA and AU Herning Universities on creative and innovative design around sustainable/circular practices. The program has a multi-disciplinary approach with input across design, business and material novelty. The purpose is to increase mutual understanding between students with different specialties (design, engineering, marketing, retail, purchasing etc.), sharing and building knowledge around sustainable businesses and products.

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Among the subjects that students are taught: design thinking, circular economy, circular design, biomimicry, new technology, SDG’s, certifications, disruptive business models, greenwashing and more.
The program can be adapted to any level of studies, and tailored for a wide range of faculties. Contact us to find out how we can deliver this program to your school. 
Structure: lectures and workshops.
Instructors: Cristina Dan – Founder of SOLVE and Stine Sandermann – Founder or SANDERMANN.

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