U Change The support programme «U Change – Student Initiatives for sustainable development» supports the implementation of project ideas of students from Swiss schools of higher education as well as universities and the ETH. Within the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are questions regarding sustainable development more pressing than ever before. The critical evaluation of such questions are of high importance during the academic education. This is why- U Change supports the development of competencies of the leaders of tomorrow- U Change supports platforms which help engaged students- U Change supports the yearly Sustainable University Day where students and Swiss schools come together and can exchange and network on the topic of sustainable development and education in that area. OrganisationU Change is financed by the federal government and led by the Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net) by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. The board is responsible for strategic decisions and consists of delegates from schools of higher education and universities as well as the union of Swiss student associations: Christian Pohl, ETH Zurich (Chairman)Denise Bienz, University of BaselBenoît Frund, University of LausanneDoris Wastl-Walter, University of BernYves Leuzinger, Haute Ecole spécialisée de Suisse occidentale Alessandro Maranta, Zürcher FachhochschuleMagdalena Schindler, Berner FachhochschuleStefan Baumann, Pädagogische Hochschule ZürichPascale Marro, Haute Ecole pédagogique FribourgAnna Rickenbach, Studierendenvertreterin (Fachhochschulen)Simon Andy Voegelin, Studierendenvertreter (Pädagogische Hochschulen)Cyril Wendl, Studierendenvertreter (Universitäre Hochschulen / ETH)HSG and U ChangeIn October 2017, U Change approved a platform for the University of St. Gallen. This platform aims at supporting student associations in the area of responsibility & sustainability. Its main goals are:Improvement of the communication and coordination amongst the student associationsStrengthening the development of personality and competencies with coaching services (student associations as learning labs)Support the development of meaningful contributions in tackling responsibility & sustainability challenges, especially in the regional contextEnsure the continuity of the student associations and engagement with structural and procedural measuresThe person responsible for the platform is closely working together with Thomas Dyllick, Professor for sustainability management and director of the Institute for Economy and Ecology, and his assistant. The project length of the platform is fixed for three years.