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Bachelor’s Program “Sustainable Engineering” at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences: Development, Concept and Practical Experience

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The accredited Bachelor’s study course “Sustainable Engineering” (SE) started in 2017/2018 at the EMT department at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS). It combines basic content from electrical engineering and mechanical engineering with essential topics of sustainability and sustainable development. Subjects like renewable energies, energy-efficient residential buildings and smart grids impart technical problem-solving skills. For subjects such as Sustainable Energy Storage and Life Cycle Assessment, interdisciplinary teaching approaches are chosen and the effects of technology on the environment, economy and society, as well as the resulting conflicts of interest, are experienced in panel discussions and role plays. The SE degree course is also accredited as a cooperative degree program, wherein it is combined with in-company training. The proportion of women is significantly higher than on the traditional engineering courses. The transition of students to the internship shows the great acceptance and demand from industry for this new study concept. The first students will graduate in the winter semester 2020/2021. In this paper, the strategic process of developing the SE study course is described: Based on a strategic agreement on sustainability goals, expertise was built up gradually by first implementing the predecessor model “Blue Track” and by gaining new teaching staff members. The links in the higher semesters of the Bachelor’s program between course contents and research topics of the two major research institutes (TREE and IZNE), both concentrating on sustainability aspects, is described, as well as how the SE Bachelor’s program prepares graduates for specific professional fields.

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Franke, D., Meilinger, S., Groß, I., Reith, D. (2022). Bachelor’s Program “Sustainable Engineering” at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences: Development, Concept and Practical Experience. In: Leal Filho, W., Portela de Vasconcelos, C.R. (eds) Handbook of Best Practices in Sustainable Development at University Level. World Sustainability Series. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-04764-0_4

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