May 21 • 22M

Sustainability-first higher ed | Christian Rebernik (Tomorrow University)

 
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Akis Laopodis
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In this episode, I interviewed Christian Rebernik, CEO & Co-founder of Tomorrow University (TU). Before founding Tomorrow University, Christian was CTO/Managing Director of N26, and he currently advises and seats on the board of various organizations.

📖 What you’ll learn

  • The origin of Tomorrow University

  • What is a sustainability-first approach

  • Modern pedagogy used in Tomorrow University

  • How AI will play a role in this field of studies

👨‍💻 Contacts

Where to find Christian Rebernik

Where to find Akis Laopodis


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💎 Why Tomorrow University

“Sustainability is not a master in itself, but it’s a part of every program that we do.” Christian Rebernik
  • It isn’t your typical degree program. Every program is integrated with a sustainability-first approach. For instance, you will not just learn about technology. Instead, you will learn about using technology in a sustainable way.

  • Sustainability-first approach: “It’s a way of thinking and decision-making that prioritizes environmental, social, and economic sustainability as the primary goal. It seeks to create a world that is healthy, equitable, and resilient for both present and future generations.” (Source: What is Sustainability by Colorado State U)

  • Students are problem solvers. Together with a group, students solve a particular challenge guided by instructors with a definite learning path. Theories are learned and directly applied to solve real-world challenges that turn into a capstone presentation.

  • Flexible & diverse. Accredited degree programs are fully remote and students can interact with a global community of like-minded individuals with diverse backgrounds.

  • Advocates lifelong learning. It’s breaking the mindset of having a degree just for the sake of it. Instead, it advocates lifelong learning and curiosity to build a more sustainable future.

🏁 Players

In the past, sustainability degrees are focused mainly on environmental and climate issues. Today, sustainability is integrated into degree programs that help existing companies transition into a more sustainable business model. Here are programs where you can learn how to change existing companies into sustainable businesses or build new ones from scratch.

🔥 Key moments from the video

(00:46) Mission of Tomorrow University: Building a sustainable society

(02:06) Type of learners at Tomorrow University

(03:33) What makes Tomorrow University stand out from the rest?

(08:18) The importance of a sustainability-first approach in degrees

(10:40) Different degree programs to take at Tomorrow University

(12:10) Modern pedagogy used to teach students at Tomorrow University

(13:54) How challenge-based learning is implemented in the course

(14:20) Social learning as part of the curriculum

(14:44) Online learning at Tomorrow University

(15:50) How the classes are structured

(18:07) How AI will play a role in sustainable society

(20:22) The value of intelligence is going down, other competencies are getting relevant


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Akis 👋