Copernicus Alliance Conference

October 3, 2014

Prague, Czech Republic

Copernicus Alliance Conference - "Education for Sustainability: Building Capacity in Higher Education"

Higher education institutions have a prominent role within the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-14) as they prepare the future generation of professionals, challenge dominant paradigms and produce ground-breaking research. There is evidence that universities and colleges have engaged and influenced policy and practice in the area of sustainability, but progress in reorienting the curriculum in relation to sustainable development has been slow.

Core issues discussed at this conference

Ensuring a future quality academic practice in higher education requires institutional structures which support sustainability principles and practice, but also university educators who are motivated and capable of embedding sustainability in their teaching, regardless of the courses they teach. The reality, however, is that research and practice in higher education have primarily focused on student rather than staff competences and learning in the area of sustainability. There are only a few studies which have explored how university educators develop Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) competences through professional development; what strategic concerns they have in relation to ESD; or what ESD means in relation to quality.

European partnership for ESD transition in higher education

This international Conference is taking place in the year the DESD comes to an end and the Global Action Programme on ESD is taking shape. The Conference will review major trends and changes in higher education towards sustainability over the last ten years, with an emphasis on whole-of-institution approaches, curriculum change, university educators, ESD competences and quality enhancement. A state of the art report which maps existing ESD professional development opportunities for university educators in Europe will be presented at the event. This report has been developed as part of a newly funded European project entitled University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) and coordinated by the COPERNICUS Alliance (CA).


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