February 24, 2023 13:49
Focus on sustainability: successful students innovation projects at Széchenyi István University

Sustainability and circular economy were the focus of recent student innovation projects at Széchenyi István University. The young people came up with innovative solutions to four real-world business and organisational problems, with one team, for example, carrying out an energy audit of the Győr ice rink, which could help the club make significant savings.

The Student Innovation Project (HIP) programme of the Management Campus Competence Centre of Széchenyi István University was launched in 2019. Students from different fields of study work together in multidisciplinary teams of 4-5 people on development tasks set by partner companies and organisations, with the help of mentor teachers. Since its launch, the programme has attracted more than 30 partner companies, institutions and nearly 200 students.

The latest call focused on the circular economy, energy management, waste management and, more broadly, sustainability.

"The Department of Applied Sustainability is leading the KEHOP 3.1.5  Regional waste awareness and innovation pilot project, which aims to raise awareness on regional waste management. This was the inspiration for the topic of the previous semester's calls for proposals, which will remain the focus of the current semester's call for proposals", explained Dr. András Torma, Head of the Department. He added that four teams took part in the recently concluded round of student projects, which included the Győri ETO Hockey Club's Green ice rink - green club, Wahl Hungária Kft.'s Waste management, Otto Fuchs Hungary Kft.'s Roll into work and the municipality of Dunaszentpál's »Green waste management problems of small villages".

„The students demonstrated not only considerable theoretical knowledge, but also excellent practical problem-solving skills and teamwork. For example, one team helped the project company to draw up a waste management map of where and what waste is generated, how it is collected and how it is used efficiently. The students have laid the foundations for a new waste management concept which, in addition to efficiency, also contributes to sustainability, including circular solutions," he said.

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