On November 23, 2015 asoc. prof. of Daugavpils University, Center of Sustainable Education Dzintra Iliško participated at the University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) project’s meeting. UE4SD is a three year project funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme - Erasmus Academic Networks. The project is working across Europe to locate and capture recent efforts to support the developmentof ESD capabilities of university educators. The aim is to draw on the best practices, new initiatives and usable tools for professional development in ESD for university educators. The project draws together 55 partners across 33 countries, mainly in Europe. UE4SD project seeks to establish a leading expert group in Education for Sustainable Development in higher education in Europe and will create a platform to combine and share the expertise of network partners so that they can inform policy and practice well beyond the life of the project. Its activities are closely associated with COPERNICUS Alliance – the European Network of Higher Education for Sustainable Development.
From February till May 2014 were 54 higher education institutions from 33 countries across Europe engaged in mapping the state of the art of education for sustainable development (ESD) in higher education. The partners represent an area of more than 3,000 European higher education institutions with more than 24 million students. Besides identifying the status of ESD integration, the focus was on mapping existing ESD professional development opportunities for university educators as quality in higher education teaching is seen as vital for preparing students with the competences they need to address 21st century challenges.
At the meeting the participants from the European universities discussed and launched a publication and online platform of resources that includes best practice, information and materials from across the UE4SD consortium. They discussed future plans and keystrategies to enhance the quality of the project and to improve dissemination and exploitation plans. Small group discussions and breakout sessions as well as interactive activities have been carried out in order to provide opportunities for partners to meet and interact with each other.
On November 24, 2015 asoc. prof. Dzintra Iliško participated at Copernicus Alliance conference. This year COPERNICUS Alliance Conference focused on evaluation and assessment of higher education for sustainable development. The conference included presentations from renowned keynote speakers and provided opportunities for theuniversity educators to present their work and research.