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University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD)

The UE4SD Consortium of 53 partners from 33 countries across Europe is seeking to re-orient higher education curriculum to address sustainable development. The 3 year-project, will focus on support for 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. The project includes plans for university staff to develop professional competences and the academic leadership capabilities linked to Education for Sustainable Development.


UE4SD seeks to establish a leading expert group in Education for Sustainable Development competences 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 ‚Äď the European Network of Higher Education for Sustainable Development.

Why Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)?
Sustainable development has been identified as one of the greatest challenges that our societies are facing in the 21st century. Unsustainable practices are increasing social, economic and environmental inequalities; worsening the impact of environmental degradation; and limiting quality of life. It has been recognised that our education systems are critical to achieve sustainable development goals as they equip learners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to re-orient social structures and systems.
The UE4SD project has been created to specifically support teaching and learning for sustainability at the higher education level. The HE sector is critically positioned to address sustainable development as it prepares the future generation of professionals, challenges dominant paradigms and produces ground-breaking research. However, there is evidence suggesting that re-orienting the higher education curriculum towards sustainable development still needs guidance and support, if universities are to contribute to a more sustainable future.

What are the project contributions?

The project will contirbute to re-orienting higher eudcaiton towards sustainable development through three key deliverables:

1. Renewing the State of the art and identifying leadinf practice (2014):
Conducting a grounded study to map and analyse existing opportunities at a country and regional level for University Educators to develop ESD comeptences. Four sub-regional and one state-of-the-art report across all partner countries will be generated
2. Developing resources (2015-2016)
The leading practice identified from the grouded study will form the basis of a publication. An online platform of resources will also be developed to supprrt University educators and professional development teams.
3. Developing an academy for ESD in HE (2015-2016)
Both resources identified above will supprtt the Academy for ESD in Higher Education which seekd to supprt re-orientation of HE towards sustainability. This stage will provide capacity building and opportunities to reflect for University Academic leaders, educators and staff responsible for professional development.
  • 1. Renewing the State of the art and identifying leadinf practice (2014):
    Conducting a grounded study to map and analyse existing opportunities at a country and regional level for University Educators to develop ESD comeptences. Four sub-regional and one state-of-the-art report across all partner countries will be generated
  • 2. Developing resources (2015-2016)
    The leading practice identified from the grouded study will form the basis of a publication. An online platform of resources will also be developed to supprrt University educators and professional development teams.
  • 3. Developing an academy for ESD in HE (2015-2016)
    Both resources identified above will supprtt the Academy for ESD in Higher Education which seekd to supprt re-orientation of HE towards sustainability. This stage will provide capacity building and opportunities to reflect for University Academic leaders, educators and staff responsible for professional development.

What frameworks inform the Project?

The proejct draws upon the UNECE Education for Sustainable Development Competence Framework developed in 2012. The competences were generated following a three year process involving experts from across the UNECE region. It provides a valuable focus to UE4SD network activities which seek to support the development of university educators for sustainable development.

Weblink to the UNECE Competence Framework: http://www.unece.org/environmental-policy/areas-of-work/education-for-sustainable-development-esd/about-us/themes-and-ressources/educator-competences-for-esd.html

The UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development identifies whole-of-institional change as a priority for education systems. This project is informed by the work of UNESCO which especifically calls for the strengthening of capacity building and professional development of educators, trainers and other change agents to become learning facilitators for Education for Sustainable Development.

Weblink to the UNESCO Global Action Programme: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/esd-after-2014/global-action-programme/

What outcomes is the proejct seeking?

  • Establish a leading expert group in Education for Sustainable Development competences in higher education in Europe that can inform policy and practice in this area.
  • Promote understanding of the connections between Education for Sustainable Development, quality enhancement and professional development.
  • Provide guidance, support and resources to enhance the capacity development of educators.

Want to know more about the UE4SD project?

Email: ue4sd@glos.ac.uk

Web: www.ue4sd.eu

 


MIO-ECSDE through MEdIES and the University of Athens (UNESCO Chair & Network on SD Management and Education in the Mediterranean) are participating in the Consortium of the project.

Download the press release in English language here.

Download the press release in Greek language here.

Download the project summary in English language here.

Download the project summary in Greek language here.

 

Read about MIO-ECSDE's and University of Athens representation in the Kick-off Meeting in Madrid, 4-5 March 2013 here.


Read about MIO-ECSDE and University of Athens participation in the Annual Meeting of UE4SD in Prague, 2-3 October 2014 here


Read about MIO-ECSDE participation in the Annual Meeting of the UE4SD Network in Madrid, 23-24 November 2015 here


Read about MIO-ECSDE participation in the  Final Meeting of the UE4SD Network in Gibralar, 27-28 June 2016 here


Find here the Press Release about the new publication produced within the UE4SD presenting a Mapping of the state-of-the-art of ESD in higher education in English

 

Download the State of the Art Report from here

 


Find here the Press Release about the Leading Practice Publication, a new publication-product of UE4SD highlighting best practice examples of European ESD professional development for university educators in English and Greek

 

 

Download the Leading Practice Publication on Professional Development of university educators in ESD throughout Europe from here

 


Visit the Online Platform created within the UE4SD and dedicated to provide a web-resource for ESD professional development for university educators and interested stakeholders.

The Online Platform contains:

- The identified 26 good practice examples of ESD professional development initiatives;

- The framework, designs and usable tools from the UE4SD Academy residential training ;

- Ideas, guidance and materials on ESD that we found on the UE4SD journey;

- Overview of the policy landscape for ESD in Europe plus useful readings and publications;

- Video clips of project partners sharing ESD professional development experiences.


Find the Press Releases about the Online Platform in English and Greek as well as the Leaflet presenting the key feautres of the overall project and the OP in English and Greek.


 


 


 

 

 

 


 
     
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