Between 1970 and 2007 alone, the world saw 425 systemic economic crises, among them 145 sector-wide banking crises. In the light of current events one might start to wonder whether this apparently inherent instability might actually be reduced, even if there is sufficient public intent. Yet, at the same time, the global effects of population growth, resource exploitation and environmental degradation force us to think about long-term change. This leaves the question: What is the actual leeway for reform?
If you have been asking yourself how our world could look like or how to contribute yourself, you might be interested in one of our academic summer programs:
G.B.S.: Green.Building.Solutions. (7 ECTS) is a 3-week master level program for students (and professionals) that concentrates on energy-efficiency, ecological building and planning, a “hot” topic, so to speak, for architects, engineers and economists as well as marketers and project developers. The program offers first hand ecological knowledge and engineering expertise – all combined with outstanding experience, know-how and best-practice examples.
· AEMS: The Summer School Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (5 ECTS) approaches the topic of economic alternatives by considering natural boundaries and the human factor to be equal parts of the equation. In addition to various new and classical concepts from the field of economic sciences, students are also provided with up-to-date scientific data from natural and social sciences. The goal: Help solve some of society’s problems by presenting viable alternatives to processes and developments that are putting enormous strains on economic, ecologic and social boundaries.
Both programs are located in the capital of energy efficiency and green building: Vienna. As a bonus, students will be able to experience the effects of energy-efficient architecture first-hand by living in one of Austria's most modern dormitories.
You can find more information about our programs at www.summer-university.net.