As a responsible University, research at the University of Vechta centres around tackling current societal challenges. Taking into account the entire human lifespan, from early childhood education to gerontology, the aim is to find long-term, sustainable solutions. To achieve this comprehensively, the various departments conduct joint interdisciplinary research and also involve other stakeholders in society, such as citizens and associations, in a transdisciplinary process. This is how we develop new ideas in the form of social innovations. By closely linking research, teaching and knowledge transfer, the University of Vechta contributes to empowering current and future generations to overcome complex challenges.
One of our strengths at University of Vechta is our strong ties with the region. The university promotes various types of cooperation with citizens, policymakers, businesses and local media. This demonstrates the relevance of research at the university, builds trust and creates transparency in accordance with the principle of "University in Responsibility". At the same time, it enables researchers to incorporate new perspectives into their research. To achieve this, high value is placed on events for dialogue between science and society and on targeted science communication.
The Science Shop Vechta/Cloppenburg in particular creates opportunities for dialogue, development of ideas and collaborative projects between science and society. Valuable knowledge and diverse experiences and observations from the local population enter into dialogue with science.
The university's start-up service TrENDi is the central point of contact for advice on start-ups for all members of the university as well as citizens of the region in order to promote innovation outside the university.
Researchers work in their academic subjects. Moreover, research institutes carry out interdisciplinary research in several thematic profiles. There are currently three research institutes at the University of Vechta: