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Pam Fredman

  1. 1. www.gu.s e Pam Fredman, Vice-Chancellor University of Gothenburg, March 20, 2014 The role of higher education in promoting Sustainable Development
  2. 2. www.gu.s e The University of Gothenburg in short • Large and broad • Popular among students – among the highest applicants-per- place ratio in the country • Strong research • One Nobel Prize recipient • First university in Sweden to become environmentally certified • A city university
  3. 3. www.gu.s e ”Education for all” an important starting- point • The recognition of the importance of a sustainable development (SD) is growing in all sectors of society • To achieve the goals of a SD we need to give the right prerequisites • The higher education institutions have an important role in providing knowledge, research and education • Universities in Sweden have been given a special assignment
  4. 4. www.gu.s e Swedish higher education act Higher education institutions should promote SD so that the present and future generations are ensured a healthy environment, economic and social welfare and justice.
  5. 5. www.gu.s e The University of Gothenburg aims for a leading position in Europe • Started in the 1970s with education in environmental protection and management • Cutting-edge research in many of the fields of SD • Environmental policy and special plan for SD guide our actions • Works actively to introduce the concept of SD into the educational process in all disciplines • During the last decade not only environmental but also social and cultural aspects of sustainability have been integrated • Global focus and cooperation with developing countries
  6. 6. www.gu.s e Our vision is the base • SD in focus and essential in all we do • Our standpoints and decisions shall be based on a clear responsibility for the development of society • Systematic work to integrate SD in all educational courses and programs • By multidisciplinary research we contribute to the solving of societal challenges and a sustainable development • SD is a question of quality
  7. 7. www.gu.s e Teachers are a key factor • Teachers a key group - can influence students for 40 years! • Teacher education programs at the University of Gothenburg have had SD courses for many years • A new teacher education program is being launched that will implement SD for all types of teachers • A majority of departments are involved in teacher education, will help to implement SD throughout the university
  8. 8. www.gu.s e Examples of what we do… • UNESCO professor Ingrid Pramling–Samuelsson worked within UN to promote the idea of Early childhood education for a sustainable future • Our School of Business, Economics and Law, have educational objectives of SD inscribed into all programs as a key skill required from every student • Our medical faculty has developed a toolbox to help teachers integrate SD in their education. Now being scaled up to the university level • The number of scientific articles within SD increased from less than 100 five years ago to more than 200 last year • 21 percent of all courses sustainability labeled in 2013
  9. 9. www.gu.s e SMIL – a bachelor program in Environmental Social Science • Integrating Social sciences and Environmental Sciences • 5 majors – Business Administration - environmental management – Economics - environmental economics – Cultural Geography - environmental planning – Political Science - environmental politics – Human Ecology • 60 students per year • Top score in the 2013 national quality evaluation • The students popular on the labour market – job within a year after exam • Next step to move from Environmental to Sustainable Development, adding also a Master program in SD
  10. 10. www.gu.s e A lot has to do with environment • From 1998 we started to set up goals for our energy use • Environmentally certified since 2004 • A climate strategy adopted in 2010 • Target to lower emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use and travels with 20 percent until 2015 almost already achieved • Our animal house awarded for energy efforts. Energy consumption reduced by 26 percent from 2009 to 20013
  11. 11. www.gu.s e Networking another key to success • A joint centre, the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV, with Chalmers University of Technology where more than 400 researchers cooperate for the sake of SD • Regional Centre Expertise, RCE, started in 2012 as a network of Education for SD in the region and with other RCE’s worldwide • Member of the prestigious network International Sustainable Campus Network, ISCN • Participate in various international initiatives and meetings – In 2015 we will host the 8th World Environmental Education Congress • Together with Chalmers we hold several UNESCO Chairs within SD

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