Green technologies on the rise - Koblenz University of Applied Sciences now a member of Ecoliance Rheinland-Pfalz e.V.
KOBLENZ: In times of energy transition and climate change, innovative ideas in the green-tech sector, i.e. green technologies, are becoming more and more in demand. Only recently, the Bachelor's programme in Environmental, Water and Infrastructure Management (UWIM) at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences, which focuses on the construction and design of sustainable infrastructure, was re-accredited. In order to promote greater exchange in the field of green technologies, the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences is now a member of Ecoliance Rheinland-Pfalz e.V. In the Rhineland-Palatinate environmental technology network, companies, universities, chambers, associations and research institutions can exchange their experiences and jointly develop environmental technology innovation potential.
Teaching and research in the field of environmental sciences has been carried out at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences for many years. "The networking of science and industry is very important for us as a university, but also for our students. Only well-trained engineers who bring along not only technical knowledge but also additional skills can make a difference after their studies," says Prof. Dr. Lothar Kirschbauer, Head of the Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Building-Art-Materials at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences, "cooperation with the Ecoliance environmental network opens up new opportunities and perspectives for innovative projects."
"Rhineland-Palatinate universities are an integral part of the environmental technology landscape in Rhineland-Palatinate and have become an irreplaceable part of the network's activities. As valuable members, they offer a generous potential for cooperation - not least because of their modern infrastructure, such as that found in the numerous laboratories. We are delighted to have gained an innovative cooperation partner in Koblenz University of Applied Sciences," emphasises Werner Zimmermann, Chairman of the Board of Ecoliance Rheinland-Pfalz e.V.
Among other things, the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences offers the Environmental, Water and Infrastructure Management (UWIM) programme as an undergraduate Bachelor's degree with an integrated 16-week practical phase, which concludes with a Bachelor of Engineering after seven semesters. Subsequently, a further qualification as a Master of Engineering is possible, for example in the Master's programme in Civil Engineering. Thanks to its broad spectrum of study contents in infrastructure management and water management, the programme teaches subjects such as sustainable mobility concepts and intelligent traffic control, water pollution control, flood and heavy rainfall prevention, adaptation strategies to climate change and sustainable supply and disposal. The contents of the UWIM programme meet the demand for qualified graduates from authorities, associations, engineering offices and construction companies both regionally and internationally.
Environmentally friendly technologies are also addressed in other courses of study at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences. Civil engineering and architecture, for example, deal with aspects of sustainable construction using resource-saving materials, while prospective electrical engineers deal with renewable energies, among other things. University members also demonstrate their commitment to green issues outside the university, for example in the Koblenz/Remagen regional group of the Scientists for Future movement.