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University of Basel


The University of Basel offers a wide-range of educational programs in the field of sustainability. It enables students to prepare for challenges such as climate change, limited resources, migration or poverty and promotes their abilities to recognize and assess issues of sustainable development in their context.

Educational Programs for Students

Master in Sustainable Development

The masters degree program of Sustainable Development (MSD) at the University Basel in Switzerland is one of a kind. This masters program focuses on aspects of sustainability within the natural sciences and humanities (main focus on social sciences and economics) as well as other competences.  The main interest is the inter-relation between the use of natural resources and societal development.The core topics of the MSD are energy and water.


Trans-Faculty Cross-Section Program: Sustainable Development

The lectures of the Trans-faculty Cross-Section Program: Sustainable Development offers all students of all degree programs (3rd semester bachelor or above) an introduction to the topic of sustainable development in the elective credit area.


EUCOR-Summer University in Environmental Sciences

EUCOR is a border-crossing confederation of the universities of the Upper-Rhine Region in Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany), Karlsruhe (Germany), Mulhouse (France) and Strasbourg (France). The Summer University gives students the possibility to experience the complex interaction among societal, ecological and economic factors within the Upper-Rheine Region by undertaking specific practical projects within the region. The Summer University also allows students to sharpen their awareness for the one-of-a-kind tri-national situation that is the Upper-Rheine Region as well as the resulting consequences and effects of this situation. In 2014 the EUCOR Summer University dealt with the topic “Energy transition in the upper rhine region: Impact on society, economics and Environment.


Joint International Master in Sustainable Development

The Program Sustainability Research (representing the social sciences part of the MSD program) is a mobility partner of the Joint Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development and is open to incoming students. The Joint International Masters Program is a combined course of studies from the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz (Austria), the University of Leipzig (Germany), the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands), the Ca’Foscari University of Venice (Italy) with co-operation from the University of Basel (Switzerland) and the University of Hiroshima (Japan).

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