NOVUM stands for a great Network Of Neckar Valley Universities for Mobility and includes the Reutlingen, Esslingen, HFT Stuttgart and Nuertingen-Geislingen Universities of Applied Sciences. All four of them are located within the greater Stuttgart area in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg in one of the strongest economic regions in Germany and Europe.The staff week takes place from 22 to 26 October 2018.
The first four days will each feature a different campus familiarizing the participants with the individual profiles of all four universities involved. The fifth day is reserved for a day trip to a place of interest in Baden-Wuerttemberg or for individual meetings with faculty and staff members of the partner universities.
Details of the program can be found in the following:
In addition to a visit to the farmyard and research gardens at Campus Tachenhausen and a city sightseeing tour, the international participants took part in the climate plan game "World Climate", which was played together with the students of the study courses "International Management" and "Economics".
In the "World Climate" simulation game, developed by the not-for-profit organization 'Climate Interactive', the participants take on the role of diplomats at a UN climate summit. The participants face the task of limiting the increase of the global average temperature to 2oC compared to the pre-industrial age. This is only possible through a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. The participants represent different world religions and have to agree on a concrete action plan.
Our university, HfWU, was able to quickly achieve a concrete reduction in global warming. From an initial reduction to 2.3oC, joint negotiations and agreements led CO2 emissions to be reduced to such an extent that the set 2oC target was reached after the first round of negotiations. The Coordination Office for the Economy and Environment (KoWU) was pleased to be able to carry out the simulation game in this international and interdisciplinary context for the participants of the NOVUM International Staff Week and the students of the HfWU.
The workshop was conducted by Prof. Dr. Christian Arndt, Faculty of Agriculture, Economics and Management.