To think out of the box

Interdisciplinary knowledge acquisition

"You only see what you already know and understand."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The task of the ei-bauhaus stuttgart is to enable its students to acquire interdisciplinary knowledge at the widest possible level, to sharpen their eye for art & culture and society & politics and to contribute to the cosmopolitanism and entrepreneurial spirit of its students.

Geodesic domes
Panoramic view of the geodesic domes of the "Eden Project" near Bodelva in Cornwall, England. The domes were built by the US-American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller. Fullerenes are also named after Buckminster Fuller, spherical carbon molecules ("Bucky balls") or tube-like carbon molecules ("carbon nanotubes"), which play a major role in carbon-based nanoelectronics. Fuller developed the geodesic domes in 1948 with students at Black Mountain College in the "Workshop" together with the Bauhaus student Josef Albers.

Therefore we support our students in organizing semesters abroad, e.g. within the framework of our "Dual Degree" programs, and research stays with our international university partners as part of their studies. The focus is not only on the acquisition of knowledge and "credit points", but also on immersion in the culture and language of the partner country.

"The mind is like a parachute: it can only work when it's open."

Walter Gropius (1883–1969), Founder of the Bauhaus Weimar

Through our contributions to the academies of our university, such as the Holiday Academy in the South Tyrolean Sarentino Valley, which is held annually together with the Technical University of Munich and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, we enable our students to meet students from other universities and faculties for joint scientific work in seminars and for "viewing the world from a mountain top".

Summit Hiking
Summit hike during the holiday academy of the University of Stuttgart, the Technical University of Munich and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in the Sarntal Alps

We support and motivate our students to get actively involved in the primarily student-driven major projects – Crossing Boders, GreenTeam, Inventus, … – in order to exchange ideas with other students, to try them out and to change the world.

We inform and advise our students about the wide range of "interdisciplinary key qualifications" offered by our university, the acquisition of which is part of the compulsory programme of our study programs, in order to create a tailor-made, individual training program here too. Through our additional seminar, colloquium and excursion offerings, we enable our students to deal with topics "to think out of the box" and to visit also places "to think out of the box".

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to fetch wood, assign tasks and divide the work, but teach them the longing for the wide, endless sea."

attributed to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Saying
"...teach them to long for the wide, endless sea."


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