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University of Southern Denmark Esbjerg is starting a new green education programme

The University of Southern Denmark in Esbjerg is starting a new master’s programme in sustainability. The programme will meet demand from local and regional companies.

By Camilla Wissing Mortensen, , 11/29/2023

In 2024, it will be even easier to acquire skills within sustainability and the green transition in Esbjerg when the University of Southern Denmark launches its third MSc profile in Economics and Business Administration at the local campus.

The master’s programme, called Sustainability Management, combines business with sustainability and gives students the proficiency to lead organisations and companies towards greener practices, says study coordinator Stefanie Sohn.

- Our new master’s programme is a great choice for people who want to prepare companies and organisations for a more environmentally friendly and socially responsible future.

- The students will learn how to lead businesses and organisations in tackling environmental, social and economic challenges by developing new business ideas and strategies.

Need for green skills

The programme strengthens the University of Southern Denmark Esbjerg’s green education profile, which already includes a master’s degree in Environmental and Resource Management.

About Sustainability Management

The MSc in Sustainability Management will have its first intake of students in 2024. Bachelor students who want to start the programme in September should apply before 1 March 2024.

Admission to the MSc in Sustainability Management can be gained via the University of Southern Denmark’s bachelor programme in Business Economics which also offers electives within energy and the green transition.

It is possible to take individual subjects on the programme, for instance, if you work in a company and want to upgrade your skills.

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The new programme was created in collaboration with Education Esbjerg and meets the local demand for green skills, emphasises Director Lone Saaby.

- Our recent survey of local and regional companies’ labour shortages and future need for skills shows a huge demand.

- The survey shows that the green transition and circular economy are the areas where most companies expect a greater demand for skills in the future.

Frontrunner in sustainability and green transition

Like the two other local MSc profiles in Economics and Business Administration, the new master’s programme is part of the University of Southern Denmark’s Business School, which builds close relationships with the business community.

Therefore, the programme also focuses on the needs of companies, and the students work closely with the business community during the programme, explains Stefanie Sohn, who believes that the location in Esbjerg is a huge advantage for the new programme.

This means that students have a unique opportunity to work for companies that are driving the green transition

Stefanie Sohn, Study coordinator

- The local and regional businesses are frontrunners in Denmark’s green transition. This means that students have a unique opportunity to work for companies that are driving the green transition, both during and after the programme.

- At the same time, companies gain direct access to some of the skills they want and need, she says.

Integrating the E1 concept

To further strengthen the connection to local businesses, the University of Southern Denmark is collaborating with Education Esbjerg to integrate elements of the E.1 concept into the new programme.

About E.1

E.1 is a new educational concept from Education Esbjerg. Through E.1 – and in collaboration with the education sector – Education Esbjerg offers specially selected and curated educational programmes across national and international educational institutions and business partners.

Read more about the E.1 education concept at

As part of the E.1 concept, students are given the opportunity to join a company right from the start of the programme, and in this way theoretical knowledge can be translated into specific work tasks.

In addition, the E.1 concept focuses on student well-being through mentoring programmes and facilitated conversations between the students.

- It is very gratifying that in conjunction with SDU we have found a solution where through the study programme and our E.1 concept, the students become even more closely linked to the companies in the Southwest Jutland area, says Lone Saaby.

Meet the study coordinator

Stefanie Sohn is an assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics and study coordinator for the MSc in Sustainability Management.

Meet the study coordinator

Editing was completed: 29.11.2023