Various international agreements set 2015 apart as a milestone year in the advancement of the global sustainable development agenda. Amongst others, the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted. At its core stand the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set a clear global vision and working plan for what needs to be achieved by the global community in order to reach a better future for all. At all levels, from global to local, and in all sectors, from business to government, from NGOs to education, thousands of initiatives have been launched to support the different SDGs defined by the United Nations. To name only one example, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) – which aims to support committed corporations on their path towards more sustainable business practices based on 10 guiding principles – now aligns its actions and programs closely with the objective of reaching the 2030 SDGs. To this effect, higher education institutions (HEIs) also realized that they have the specific role to empower faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of a more sustainable global society.
The main objective of the ISSUE (Innovative Solutions for Sustainability in Education) project therefore aims to develop innovative education tools based on principles and goals of sustainable development and adapt them for HEIs. Sustainability, in any organization, should be embedded through knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation. HEIs should ensure that their governance, faculty, staff and students not only understand sustainability, but also have the capacity to act sustainably and promote sustainable practices. Project partners will develop content and tools with modern pedagogical approaches, adapted to the different target groups of a university, on various subjects related to SD.
The different work packages of the project include: