UNIAKTIV (Centre for societal learning and civic responsibility) offers services and innovations for the cooperation between campus and community. UNIAKTIV supports faculties as well as the Rektorat with the development and implementation of ideas and projects which combine research & teaching with civic engagement. The main operational focus of UNIAKTIV is on Service Learning. Additionally, UNIAKTIV tests different forms of Campus-Community-Partnerships such as Community-based Research, Design-Thinking-Variants and Social-Entrepreneurship-approaches. Strategically, UNIAKTIV is an integral part of the University’s Third Mission activities.
UNIAKTIV was founded in the organizational development laboratory (Prof. Dr. W. Stark) in 2005, and is now part of the Institute for optional Studies. UNIAKTIV was supported by the Mercator Foundation, the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft and the Körber Foundation and was externally evaluated by the HIS GmbH. It has won several awards and has been subject to research repeatedly. Since 2013, UNIAKTIV and Service Learning is a permanent part of the UDE’s range of services.