A new partner to feel good
On November 15, 2022, the University of Konstanz officially joins the European University of Wellbeing after signing a membership agreement with existing EUniWell partners.
In addition to common core values, the member universities of EUniWell – including now the University of Konstanz – are united by the long-term goal of promoting the well-being of all in accordance with the global goals for sustainable development (Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) of the United Nations, research, education and social responsibility .
“We consciously think of ‘well-being’ from multiple perspectives and interdisciplinary, because well-being is never a function of a single parameter, but always the result of a complex interaction of individual factors, social and ecological,” explains Professor Beatrix Busse, Head of Development at EUniWell. “That’s why the University of Konstanz, with its interdisciplinary orientation, is a great asset for our alliance.”
Both in research and teaching as well as on an institutional level, the University of Konstanz is already strongly oriented towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. “We are very pleased about the invitation to join this attractive alliance that suits our university so well. Our membership in EUniWell gives us the opportunity to further strengthen our work in the areas of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, for example in research on inequalities, environmental sustainability, teacher education and health, and to expand and advance these activities with strong international partners “, says Professor Katharina Holzinger, Rector of the University of Konstanz.
Important synergies on the main topics
Professor Axel Freimuth, Rector of the University of Cologne, the coordinating institution of EUniWell, emphasizes: “The long-term goal of the alliance is to seek and implement framework conditions Promoting well-being and quality of life on an individual, institutional and societal level in the long term. Overall, there are synergies between the key areas of EUniWell and the business area of the University of Konstanz. For example, the University of Konstanz is strongly committed to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. In the current Times Higher Education Impact Ranking, Konstanz’s social impact in the area of sustainability was rated as well above average in relation to six of the SDGs. In addition to the world rankings on 15e In relation to SDG 16, the university has strengths in two other SDGs (5 and 10) in close connection with the priorities of the EUniWell initiative.
In addition, the University of Konstanz maintains long-term cooperations with several partner universities of EUniWell. “When we join EUniWell, we don’t start with completely new partners, We build on existing partnerships and strong collaborations and productive that already exist. Our membership in EUniWell will help to strengthen and further develop these relationships,” says Professor Dorothea Debus, Vice President for International Affairs, Equal Opportunities and Diversity at the University of Konstanz.
The University of Konstanz
Since it was founded in 1966, the University of Konstanz has been characterized by a high level of research, excellent teaching, an international presence and an interdisciplinary approach. In the German “Strategy of Excellence” program, the University of Konstanz is one of currently eleven German universities to be awarded the status of “Excellence University”.
The University of Konstanz consists of thirteen departments, which in turn are grouped into three faculties: the faculty for natural sciences, the faculty for human sciences and the faculty for politics, law and economics. Internationally, the University of Konstanz maintains long-standing partnerships with more than 70 research-oriented universities in order to promote scientific cooperation and student mobility.
Context: European University of Wellbeing
EUniWell was launched in 2020 in the second pilot phase of the European Universities Initiative. The Alliance takes a holistic, knowledge-based and action-oriented approach to wellbeing, responding to the Council of the European Union’s call for member states to promote the “economy of wellbeing”. a positive cycle between society, economy and environment, which leads to more well-being in these dimensions. EUniWell’s core mission is to understand, improve, measure and improve the well-being of individuals, our own community and society as a whole, based on shared values such as inclusion, democracy, diversity, research for the service of society, interdisciplinarity and entrepreneurship to rebalance and reconnect with our territories.
As the tenth member of the European University of Welfare, the University of Konstanz joins the Universities of Birmingham, Cologne, Florence and Murcia, Leiden University, Linnaeus University, Nantes University, Semmelweis University and the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.