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Participation at the project meeting for University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) : Future Facing Higher Education for a Better World

Asoc prof. of Institute of Sustainable Education Dzintra Iliško took part at UE4SD project meeting in Great Britain, the University of Gloucestershire (UK) from February 23 -25, 2014. The project is a new education initiative planned to shake up the way teaching and learning occurs at the university level to equip students with the skills needed to counter increasing social, economic and environmental inequalities. 

University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) is a project that brings together 55 partners (mainly universities) from 33 countries across Europe and beyond to rethink the higher education curriculum to address sustainable development. The 3 year-project will focus on linking Education for Sustainable Development and the drive to improve quality in higher education generally. UE4SD will seek to innovate academic practice and curriculum by creating opportunities for university educators to develop professional competences and the academic leadership capabilities linked to Education for Sustainable Development. In other words, it will support teaching colleagues, to enable them to prepare students, regardless of their courses or specialisation, to understand and apply their professional and global responsibilities in sustainability. Ultimately, it seeks to contribute to the reorientation of higher education so that it is more future facing and able to support the construction of a better world.

The project focus is innovative as not much is known about how the Education for Sustainable Development competences of university educators are supported and developed.  UE4SD activities are closely associated with COPERNICUS Alliance, the European Network of Higher Education for Sustainable Development, and the “Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education” which was launched at the UN United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. The project is led by the University of Gloucestershire (UK) who works very closely with three core partners: Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), Charles University (Czech Republic) and Leuphana University of Lunenburg (Germany). [Partner name] is a UE4SD partner and will be sharing and comparing professional experiences with other partner institutions, seeking to drive curriculum change for sustainability through a focus on Education for Sustainable development capabilities.