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As a regional engine of innovation, the Münster University of Applied Sciences has long gained a name in the cooperation between science and industry, especially with regard to technology transfer. With the support of the federal-state initiative "Innovative University", münster.land.leben is moving the interaction with society into focus.

It addresses some of the major societal challenges: healthcare, participation and well-being of residents in the rural area of Münsterland. The project consists of 13 sub-projects to bring innovative solutions for promoting health and well-being of residents in the region.

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Funding body: Bund-Länder-Initiative "Innovative Hochschule"

Timeframe: 2018-2022

Budget: 9 million euros

Objectives: To understand and overcome the challenges and barriers of translating health innovation, knowledge and technology into the rural areas in Munster region, adapt the exchange processes between science and society and to establish operational measures in the long term with a focus of interaction with society. 

Partners:  +70 partners, including Stadt Münster, Kreis Borken mbH, and Netzwerk Gesundheitswirtschaft Münsterland e.V.

Contact person: Dr. Kerstin Kurzhals

Tomorrow's Land

Tomorrow's Land aims at fostering the creation of the next generation of social innovators who will influence and develop a more inclusive society. Six European partner organisations including Regenerus (UK), Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Advancis (Portugal), Bespoke (Denmark), POLIMI (Italy), SIC (Latvia) are working together to support social innovators in the European context. The partners' aim is to better prepare this next generation to tackle the growing problems within our society. Throughout the project, consortium will create resources to support educators who are training young social innovators, the people working to develop practical new solutions to social challenges.

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Budget: 320.955 euros - budget for consortium 

Objectives: Tomorrow's Land will produce four Intellectual Outputs:
1. Strategic Foresight - a creative research report compiled of the Map of Tomorrow's Land and the Learning Framework
2. Learning Academy - an online learning platform and MOOC
3. Champions of Change - a facilitator training course
4. Social Innovation Bootcamp - an international blended learning activity.

Partners: Regenerus (UK), Münster University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Advancis (Portugal), Bespoke (Denmark), POLIMI (Italy), SIC (Latvia)

Contact person: Balzhan Orazbayeva M.A.

Social Design Thinking

Social design thinking (SDT) project aims at designing a course that provides students an introduction to design thinking as applied to social innovation and social entrepreneurship, as well as hands-on opportunities to apply these principles real-time, creating solutions to specific challenges faced by local communities in Münster and Münsterland. SDT will engage international bachelor student from different faculties to co-create together with communities and organizations better solutions for the City.

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Contact person: Balzhan Orazbayeva M.A.


Change Lab is an open forum based on student-driven interests to promote a possibility of horizon widening and co-learning culture. We offer an innovative format of learning based on three principles: transformative learning, dialogical learning and learning in undiscovered paths. Unlike normal seminars and lectures, we offer:

  1. A student-driven content that promotes perspective transformation in learning.
  2. An opportunity to have open dialogues between different societal stakeholders from multiple perspectives
  3. Topics related to innovative methodologies of learning.
The topics featured are highly diverse. It ranges from the future of learning (e.g. how artificial intelligence facilitates lifelong learning, innovative learning), justice (e.g. social equity in education), innovation (e.g. gamification), societal problems (e.g. sustainable housing) to personal development (e.g. how to achieve happiness, how to deal with loneliness) ...etc. It should, however, not only draw the interest of the audience but should also involve the contents related to bringing positive changes and impacts on our lives.

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Funding body: Wandelfonds 2.0

Timeframe: 2018-2020

Budget: 11.000 euros aprox. 

Objectives: Change Lab will provide innovative methodologies and formats for transferring new knowledge and ideas regarding to different societal challenges and topics among the students, where both speakers and audiences could come together and mutually benefit from it.

Contact person: Choiwai Maggie Chak M.Sc.

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