The Right Livelihood College is a network of 8 campuses at universities around the globe.

University of Bonn

The University of Bonn is a public research university located in Bonn, Germany. Founded in its present form in 1818, as the linear successor of earlier academic institutions, the University of Bonn is today one of the leading universities in Germany. It offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate programmes in a range of subjects to its 31.000 students. 

The Center for Development Research (ZEF), an independent research institute at the University of Bonn, became RLC campus in 2010. ZEF conducts interdisciplinary and applied research on crosscutting socio-political, economic and environmental problems in Africa, Asia and Latin America with the overall goal to contribute to sustainable development.

Since 1997, ZEF runs the PhD Program 'Bonn Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Development Research' which is unique in terms of its interdisciplinary set up, international character and size. More than 500 PhD students from more than 70 countries graduated in the ZEF doctoral programme so far. ZEF ranks among the worldwide top 10 of science and technology think tanks, according to the Think Thanks and Civil Societies Program of the International Relations Programme at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Since 2014, RLC Campus Bonn hosts the Global Secretariat of the College.

For more information please visit the RLC Bonn website.

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University of Lund

Lund University, founded in 1666, has a long and vibrant history covering almost 350 years of teaching. It has evolved from just a few hundred students and professors being paid with meat and grain into its present form, with around 47.000 students and a position of excellence in international teaching and research.

Lund is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and is one of Sweden's top universities according to the Times Higher Education ranking.

In 2009, the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) became the RLC’s first European partner campus. LUCSUS is a platform for education, research and cooperation inside and outside academia on questions related to sustainable development. The education consists primarily of the international master's program in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES). The focus on research and education in Sustainability Science spans global, regional and local issues, events and relationships.

For more information please visit the RLC Lund website.

Addis Ababa University

Addis Ababa University is the oldest and largest higher educational institution in Ethiopia. It was founded by Emperor Haile Selassie I under the name University College of Addis Ababa in 1950. It was renamed Haile Selassie I University in 1962 and then Addis Ababa University in 1975. In the 1950s there were only 70 students enrolled in the only department it had, biolology, compared to the current number 65 undergraduate and 220 graduate programmes on 14 different campuses and about 50.000 students.

In 2010, Addis Ababa University became the RLC’s first partner campus on the African continent. 

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University of Port Harcourt

The University of Port Harcourt, based in oil-rich Niger delta in Nigeria, was established in 1975 and received university status in 1977.

The RLC campus is based at the Faculty of Social Sciences and is co-hosted by the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), a think-tank and advocacy organisation founded by Right Livelihood Award recipient Nnimmo Bassey

In October 2013, the University of Port Harcourt became a campus of the RLC with the mission to generate tools for tackling problems of environmental pollution and related socio-economic issues caused by the petroleum industry and that these tools would find application in other challenged territories beyond the Niger Delta.

Universidad Austral de Chile

Universidad Austral was founded in 1952 in Valdivia, a city located in the middle of Chile, with almost 28.000 inhabitants. It is one of the leading universities of Chile in matters of scientific research. Currently it has around 11.000 undergraduate and graduate students.

In November 2013, the Universidad Austral de Chile become the first Right Livelihood College Campus in Latin America. Manfred Max-Neef has had a long association with the university serving as the Rector and currently as the Director of its Economics Institute.

For more information, please visit the RLC Valdivia website.

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University of California Santa Cruz

The University of California is a public university system in the US state of California. Founded in 1868, the University of California is widely regarded as one of the top public university systems in the world.

Located south of San Francisco, the University of California campus at Santa Cruz (UCSC) is a campus on rolling, forested hills overlooking the Monterey Bay. UCSC’s commitment to environmental stewardship dates back to the founding of the campus in 1965, and it has since been recognized as a leader in advancing global sustainability.

UCSC has roughly 16,000 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students, offering 63 undergraduate majors and 37 minors, with graduate programs in 33 fields. UCSC is differentiated into ten Colleges in an effort to provide a liberal arts education in the context of a large research institution. Kresge College, where the Common Ground Center is located, is distinguished by a long tradition of activism for social and environmental justice.

The Common Ground Center at Kresge College became a RLC campus in November 2013. The mission of Common Ground is to create cultural change for social justice, environmental regeneration, and economic viability. Common Ground acts as a catalyst and facilitator of systemic change through undergraduate action-education, research, advocacy, and civic engagement.

For more information please visit the RLC Santa Cruz website.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Tata Institute of Social Sciences is an institution of excellence in higher learning in India, which since its inception in 1936, has consistently worked for the promotion of sustainable, equitable and participatory development, social welfare and social justice.

The Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation is a centre in the School of Social Work that aims to emerge as a learning-cum-innovation centre to develop meaningful livelihood initiatives for the poor and marginalised in the country. The Centre also offers a M.A. Social Work programme in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship. In May 2014, the Centre joined as the RLC campus in Asia.

In March 2015, the campus hosted the third regional conference for Right Livelihood Award Laureates in Asia and Pacific.

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National University of Cordoba

The Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, or National University of Cordoba (UNC) was founded in 1613 –the oldest university in Argentina and one of the oldest in all of Latin America. 

The National University of Cordoba has a long history of promoting democracy and human rights. In June 1918, students at the University launched a movement to fight for truer democratization of the nation's academic faculties, which at the time were largely tied to political and religious institutions. Other national and regional universities soon followed, and Argentina went on to grant unprecedented autonomy to its universities following these reforms.

As of 2012, UNC employs 8,841 professors and 2,834 staff members, serving a student body of over 120,000 students. It features 13 Faculties, more than 100 research centers and laboratories, 25 libraries, 17 museums (including colonial areas and buildings recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO), 2 astronomical observatories, 2 hospitals, and many more centres of excellence.

The RLC campus is hosted by the Faculty of Psychology, which has more than 10,000 students enrolled. The campus was inaugurated in April 2016.

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