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ISCN 2016: Working Group 3: Integration of Research, Teaching and Facilities


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Davis Bookhart, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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ISCN 2016: Working Group 3: Integration of Research, Teaching and Facilities

  1. 1. Aligning student learning with a sustainability mindset Davis Bookhart, Head, HKUST Sustainability Unit
  2. 2. About Hong Kong
  3. 3. About Hong Kong
  4. 4. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  5. 5. Sense of Place Surrounding have strong influence on our ability to understand sustainability Surroundings influence behavior Surroundings influence our social lives Campuses create experiences for of learning Campuses are becoming essential components to the learning experience
  7. 7. Changing landscape 82% of young Millennials* ◦ consider a company’s CSR commitments when deciding what job to take 74% of Millennials* ◦ say they would volunteer for a cause supported by a company they trust (vs. 56% U.S. average) 1 of 3 Students today ◦Will be alive in the year 2100 * Source: 2015 Cone Communications Millennial CSR Study
  8. 8. How might we categorize our current students? Generalists: Pursue sustainability careers • Cross-disciplinary training • Value added on multiple levels Specialists: Pursue specialized tracks within sustainability fields • Focused-disciplinary training • Value added in specific areas Flexitarians: Pursue traditional careers • Add broad-based sustainability knowledge • Flexible and adaptable • Value added on multiple levels Authorities: Pursue traditional careers • Add specific sustainability- related skills • High level of expertise • Value added in specific areas Discipline- driven career track Broad, cross- disciplinary knowledge Sustainability- driven career track Specific training / skills
  9. 9. Can We Confirm Any of This? Current research project Focus on employers in Hong Kong 1) What advice would you give to a student? 2) What is important to your business? Sustainability Knowledge and Skills Survey Soft skills Hard skills Specific knowledge General knowledge
  10. 10. Evaluation of Knowledge General Knowledge Specific Knowledge • Broad familiarity with sustainability principles • Focused familiarity with specific sustainability principles • Sustainability in global context • Sustainability within local context • Historical & economic context of • current environment • Industry knowledge • Policy development • Regulatory compliance • General engineering or technology • Specific engineering or tech • General business management • Competency in business discipline (i.e., marketing, finance)
  11. 11. Evaluation of Skills Hard Skills Soft Skills • Systems thinking • Communication (written) • Process management (i.e., 6 sigma) • Communication (presentation/spoken) • Financial analysis • Networking • Life cycle analysis • Consensus-building / conflict resolution • Risk assessment • Strategic thinking / visioning • Sustainability reporting • Flexibility & adaptability • Carbon accounting
  12. 12. Respondent Profiles Senior Executive (C- Suite or VP) 22% Director or Senior Manager 41% Professor 2% Manager, Coordinator, or Specialist 31% Researcher 2% Other 2% I work primarily on sustainability- related issues 50% Sustainability is included as one of several overall responsibilities 28% I work occasionally on sustainability issues, but not as my primary responsibility 19% I rarely get involved in sustainability work 4%
  13. 13. 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 Skills and Knowledge for Students in the 21st Century Value to Student ValuetoOrganization Low Low High High Taught hard skills and training Learned soft skills and experience
  14. 14. Important Attributes in Employees 5% 5% 69% 16% 5% Commitment to volunteering and helping others Broad and diverse array of experiences Inquisitiveness and willingness to learn new things Strong sense of ethical and moral grounding Sense of humor
  15. 15. Important Attributes for Applicants Overall strong academic record Academic major in a field that is relevant to your business Industry experience (from internships or other work activities) Leadership in groups, student societies Strong letters of recommendation 45% 25% 23% Overall strong academic record 3% Learned soft skills and experience
  16. 16. Brief Conclusions Experiences matter How can we best utilize the campus as a learning lab? Interpersonal and social skills mean everything How do we create vibrant spaces that foster interconnections? Inquisitiveness opens the world How can we foster a life-long love of learning?
  17. 17. Questions?