Münster (27 October 2023) Our university is setting new standards for global peace in the anniversary year of the Peace of Westphalia: At the international Entrepreneurship Week "Moving the Cities", 64 students from six countries developed solutions for the challenges of the world. In their project activities they dedicated themselves to the Peace of Westphalia and the 17th UN sustainability goal "Partnerships to Achieve the Goals".

For example, one team developed ideas to reduce food waste. Another pondered together how to save water. Other students designed an approach to overcome language barriers. The strengths of entrepreneurial thought and action were just as much the focus as the imparting of international and interdisciplinary competences. "International cooperation is more important than ever", says Carsten Schröder, FH Vice President for Cooperation, Innovation and Marketing. "As a university, we consider it our responsibility to strengthen this." "Moving the Cities" is an ideal opportunity.

"All participants approached the task with great fervour; it was really great to see that", says Project Coordinator Sarah Lassek. "We are creating global friendships here!" The students from Germany, Austria, England, USA, Brazil and Chile developed their ideas in small groups, which they then presented before a jury at the closing event - each in just three minutes. "The entire concept thrives on the fact that the participants offer different perspectives and, exactly because of this, find meaningful solutions for what are primarily regional problems," says Co-Organiser Prof. Dr. Tatiana Rocha from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS). In addition, she is the contact for South America at UAS7, an alliance of seven research-oriented German universities of applied sciences with a representative office in Brazil.

Intercultural training carried out by the International Office of the university ensured a lot of group dynamics - and that is when things really took off: Each day the students received the so-called "challenge of the day", that is, the topic they were to focus on in the subsequent hours. "Really good approaches developed very rapidly," according to Network Manager Rolf Laakmann from TAFH Münster GmbH. Some of them will now be pursued even further - "so that we don't just inspire start-ups but allow genuine entrepreneurs to develop," says Laakmann.

"Moving the Cities" is an initiative designed by UNISINOS and FH Münster in collaboration with UAS7 to promote the development of solutions through international and intercultural cooperation between science, entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and society. The project is embedded in the international initiative "xRegions", which was recognised as one of Germany's 30 best ideas for education, science and innovation by the Stifterverband in 2020. The project is being sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

In previous years, "Moving the Cities" has already taken place twice in Brazil and twice - due to the pandemic - online.

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