Participation at the Copernicus Alliance Conference

On June 27 – 29, 2016, Asoc. Prof. Dzintra Iliško took part at the project’s meeting and at the Copernicus Alliance conference: “ Universities as Beacons of Change: Education for Sustainability lighting up pathways for a new world that took place at the University of Gibraltar, Gibraltar, UK

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was lightening up new pathways for alternative futures. In higher education, it invited students, staff and community partners to reflect on, rethink and reframe their priorities and professional responsibilities. However, embedding its principles and associated pedagogies in the curriculum is proving to be a slow and challenging process.

The UE4SD project, funded by the European Commission, has identified and documented a series of leading practices on professional development in ESD in Europe that enlightened universities interested in rethinking the purpose of education and becoming beacons of social change.

This international Conference posed questions such as:

  • Q1. How can universities become beacons of change and good practice in ESD?
  • Q2. What type of teaching approaches and professional skills are needed to enable university educators to develop ESD in their own organisations?
  • Q3. How can we support university educators to develop professional competences in ESD?
  • Q4. What are the connections between ESD, professional development and quality enhancement in higher education?

This event brought together over 100 delegates from across the world. It welcomed participants interested in teaching & learning and sustainable development in higher education.