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Erasmus+ project on Impact Investing launched

The kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ project "From ESG Integration to Impact Investing" took place on 24 September in Rome. The University of Liechtenstein as organizer brings together three outstanding European universities: UNED from Madrid, Sapienza University and Unitelma Sapienza from Rome. The aim of the collaboration is to develop three open online courses for different target groups within three years.

The participating partner universities contribute not only expertise, but also a network for "impact investing research" to the project. Prof. Dr. Marta de la Cuesta of the UNED University Madrid has extensive experience in teaching sustainability, sustainable economic and management principles. She is the academic director of the sustainable management programmes at UNED. Prof. Dr. Mario La Torre from the University of Sapienza in Rome, is Professor of Finance and perfectly integrated into the European Community for Sustainable Finance. He has a very strong research record and works as a publisher and consultant for the Italian government and financial institutions. Prof. Dr. Roberto Pasca di Magliano of Unitelma Sapienza University, Rome, a well-known author, is Professor of Economics and Director of the Laboratory for "Innovative Financing Support for Microprojects" and was economic advisor to the Italian government. Prof. Dr. Marco Menichetti, holder of the Chair of Banking and Financial Management at the University of Liechtenstein, works together with his colleagues on the financing of renewable energies and sustainable financing as well as on several research projects in the field of sustainable financing. 

Planned online courses

The first course "Sustainable Society, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Role of Sustainable Investing" is aimed at European citizens with the aim of improving financial literacy in the field of sustainable finance in general. The second course, "Socially Responsible Investments - Understanding the Relevance for our Future" for graduates in finance, offers them the opportunity to intensively deal with this topic and to compensate for the lack of teaching and research capacities at interested universities. The third course, "Approaches to free Impact Investing from the underpart", focuses on important practical questions and aims to provide financial market participants with an online guide.

The project was officially launched with the kick-off meeting in Rome. The main objectives of the meeting were to establish relations with the partners, to discuss communication, cooperation and administrative issues, to clarify the responsibilities of each party and to set the general project agenda for the next three years. The results of the meeting have exceeded expectations and thus form a solid basis for the success of the project.