Past Years

Opening Week 2018: Digital Futures

In 2018 the Leuphana Semester focused on the ambivalence of progress. Digital transformation, culture of memory and sustainable development were major topics. 

Just as the Hashtag in social media allow to mark and find certain messages, topics, persons or events, the Hashtags #me, #us and #it marked three different but compatible perspectives of the Opening Week.

Opening Week 2017: Europe

In 2017, 1 500 first semester students worked on entrepreneurial projects concerning different perspectives of Europe. Interacting with representatives of Leuphana's faculties, external experts and guests like Norbert Lammert or Gregor Gysi, the students discussed and reflect the future of the EU. 

Opening Week 2016: Diversity

The Opening Week 2016 explored aspects of diversity: How can we respect diversity within a pluralist society? What are the limits of tolerance with regard to social diversity? How can each individual work for social diversity in practice?

Students researched the challenges of this issue using selected examples, before working on possible responses in specific projects. The project groups were asked to design social, cultural, economic or sustainable initiatives, campaigns or social businesses with a social impact.

Orientation Week 2015: Engage!

Three years ago, the topic of the Orientation Week was "Societal Commitment & Social Entrepreneurship". The students created an own fictional crowdfunding website and an advertising video for their project. Take a look what last years participants of the Orientation Week 2015 say about their experiences (in German):

Orientation Week 2014: Imagine 2099

In 2014 the topic was demographic change. The students imagined a society in 2099 and dealt with the following questions: What has to be done to guarantee everyone a vital and independent life when they reach high age? What are the industries of the future and how can innovative ideas be created for them?

What the students exactly did? Watch the video and find out!


Earlier Years

The fictional city Leinwig was the venue of the first Case Study Scenario in 2007. As in all other Orientation Weeks, the project was accompanied by a special supplement in the regional paper, published by a student editorial team. A high-class panel of judges evaluated the completed concepts.

2008, the case study “Job market and structural change” was developed, in which the students created solutions and strategies for current economic problems of the fictional city Leinwig.

In 2009, the theme centered on art and communication. Around 35 renowned international street artists were invited to the “ARTotale”. The students had the challenging task to translate the artists’ communication concepts into film.

The Orientation Week 2010 revolved around the concept of open space and landscape architecture. 1300 incoming freshmen participated actively in the campus’ transformation process, as the landscape of Leuphana University Lüneburg got redesigned.