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Campus of the Future 2023 in Valencia

Your Campus of the Future

This BIP programme seeks to enhances students’ international and intercultural competences and skills across cultures.

Special emphasis is paid on selected  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the aim of building a resilient, green and sustainable university “campus of the future”.

An integral part of the practical interactive course is  input that refers to cultural collaboration and communication and team building on one hand and SDG related input on the other hand with a focus on sustainability on the other.

The underlying of the Your campus of the future is as follows: University campuses are a place of innovation, open experimentation, and intellectual power. They’re diverse mini archetypes of larger cities where people work, study, shop, live and eat—the perfect living lab that can speak for larger sustainable innovation. Together, as a community we can redesign the campus and make it more inclusive, sustainable while creating impact for everyone involved. Students will learn to use design thinking related methods and work on projects in international teams to build their campus of the future.

Your Campus of the Future in Valencia

We are happy to announce that the next BIP Campus of the Future will take place at CEU Valencia, Spain end of September (27 September – 2 October 2023, arrival on 26 September 2023).

Take your chance and apply for the intensive programme “Your Campus of the Future” at University CEU Cardenal Herrera, Valencia. This intensive international programme held in English seeks to address in particular bachelor students interested in the topic of sustainability and building the Campus of the Future while being passionate about making friends from different places in Europe and beyond when collaborating in international student teams. There will be a preparatory and a post-assignment online.

The Blended Intensive Programme “Your Campus of the Future” is supported by funds for the new ERASMUS+ Blended Intensive Programmes (BIPs). It will be conducted and seeks to make a contribution to the Green Deal of the EU and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s.

In this BIP we will be exploring as to how to combine circular ecomomy principles, design thinking and systems thinking in order to foster new ideas and solutions that re-imagine a university campus as ecologically sustainable highly livebale and resilient ecosystem.


If you are interested in this programme, you can apply by sending in a letter of motivation in English (1 page, Arial 11p, 1.5 spacing) to the International Office (international-office(at) and Prof. Dr. Alexandra Angress (alexandra.angress(at) by 28 May, 2023.

Past programmes

Project Rationale

  • University campuses are a place of innovation, open experimentation, and intellectual power = the perfect living lab to experiment on larger sustainable innovation.
  • We as community can redesign our campus and make it more inclusive and sustainable and create impact for everyone involved.
  • Students will learn to use design thinking related methods and work on projects in international teams to build their campus of the future incorporating stakeholder feedback.

Project Design and Milestones

Online Kick-off Session and Pre-assignment:

  • Connecting the Global Sustainable Development Goals to Our Own Life

On-Campus Programme:

  • “Be Part of the Solution and not the Problem!”
    • Exploring Our Nature - Teambuilding in our Local Forests
    • Designing a Prototype in Cross-Cultural Teams - Advancing our
    • University Campus Ecologically with Simple Means
    • Using a Design thinking approach to identify solutions that are convincing from the users’(= campus community point of view) while being market oriented


  • Reporting back Incorporating Key Stakeholder Feedback at home
  • Teambuilding in our Local Forest in Aschaffenburg, Teufelskanzel

Testimonials and Outcomes

The biggest changes lie in the small actions by ourselves.

Patricia, Valencia, Spain

In the future, I will try to avoid consuming food in plastic as much as possible when shopping for groceries. I will also continue to travel a lot by public transport and order less online. I will also pay more attention to buying seasonal and regional products.

Elena, Aschaffenburg

Our programme seeks to combine circular economic principles, design thinking and sýstem thinking in order to foster new ideas and solutions re-imagining a university campus as ecologically sustainable liveable and resilient ecosystem.

Prof. Dr. Sabrina Weithmann, Lecturer/Green Office, AUAS

Employers look for graduates with sustainability project experience. Prototypes are there to help you to identify what works locally and what does not and work on inclusive solutions involving students as stakeholders on campus.

Madeleine Recknagel, Sustainability Expert and Lecturer

More details:

  • Alice Project - Best BIP Campus of the Future 2022 Student Video Nyotoa and Linde, Howest, Bruges, Belgium
    • This video features the project idea and possibilities to build a  more resilient campus including feedback from stakeholders on home university campus. Challenges and differences between the campus in Aschaffenburg and the one in Bruges are identified. Impressive work and wonderful opportunities on campus thanks the authors

Academic Team 2022

  • Portraitfoto von Alexandra Angress Portraitfoto von Alexandra Angress

    Prof. Dr. Alexandra Angress

    Faculty coordinator for international affairs

    Alexandra Angress has designed and launched several international short-term and degree programs both on campus and abroad. Together with her colleagues Sabrina Weithmann and Madeleine Recknagel she has created the new ERASMUS BIP “Your campus of the future” and all have been actively engaged in the Asia-Europe Summer School hosted by AIE, University of Malaya in 2022. She is the coordinator for international affairs of the Faculty of Business and Law of AUAS and is passionate about internationalization and empowering students to work across cultures on identified common challenges and solutions.

  • Prof. Dr. Sabrina Weithmann

    Sustainability officer at Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences

    Sabrina Weithmann is currently working on establishing sustainability in the organization, research, teaching as well as the transfer in student projects. This has also resulted in the initiative for a dedicated Green Office at the university in 2021, which has already initiated a variety of different projects, such as urban gardening or participation in the city cycling project. Sabrina Weithmann teaches at the TH AB for Bachelor and Master students in the subjects sutainability Management as well as the project-related elective Sustainability.

  • Madeleine Recknagel, Frau mit roter Brille und blonden Haaren im Portrait vor natürlichem Hintergrund Madeleine Recknagel, Frau mit roter Brille und blonden Haaren im Portrait vor natürlichem Hintergrund

    Madeleine Recknagel

    Circular Design Sprint Facilitator and Educator

    Madeleine Recknagel is Circular Design Sprint Facilitator and Educator, empowers students, start-ups, NGO’s and companies to explore multidimensional aspects of sustainability from plastic pollution, sustainable design all the way to innovative business models. Her previous role at Bangkok University led to the creation of the Circular Living Lab co-creating with students and different stakeholders’ circular solutions for single-use plastic, fashion waste and urban compost. Outside her work she runs an Urban Permaculture Community Garden raising awareness on cultivating food in cities, composting techniques, preserving seeds and improving soil fertility hence creating community resilience.