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.