Sustainable University Leadership and Governance. Towards the 2030 Agenda
Authorities from higher education institutions, such as rectors, presidents, vice-chancellors, directors, deans and steering committees
Hybrid: virtual and face-to-face modality
Virtual modality with synchronous activities and technical assistance
Final certification and digital credentials associated with each programme module
Higher education institutions play a fundamental role in the training of future professionals, responding to global challenges and a changing world. International, governmental and sectoral agreements have accorded on this challenge and committed to support the transition towards university sustainability, identifying mobilizing actions to be undertaken in order to ensure quality education, to collaborate in reducing the degradation of the natural environment, to promote regeneration, ecosystem care and the permanence of humanity.
To encourage students to become agents of change who have the knowledge, the means, the will and the courage to take transformative actions towards sustainable development, educational institutions must transform themselves. Therefore, the institution as a whole needs to be aligned with the principles of sustainable development, in order to reinforce their learning content and pedagogies by the way in which facilities are managed and decisions are made internally. This holistic institutional approach to Education for Sustainable Development requires learning environments in which learners learn what they live and live what they learn.
Therefore, Laspau together with UNESCO IESALC, in its mission to promote this transformation process from a sustainable perspective and culture, we offer the course “Leadership and sustainable university governance. Road to the 2030 Agenda”, aimed at rectors of higher education institutions, providing a space for dialogue and work, to strengthen the commitments made by member states with Agenda 2030 and enable compliance and measurement of progress.
Therefore, Laspau together with UNESCO IESALC, in its mission to promote this transformation process from a sustainable perspective and culture, we offer this course aimed at rectors of higher education institutions, providing a space for dialogue and work, to strengthen the commitments made by member states with Agenda 2030 and enable compliance and measurement of progress.
The institution as a whole needs to be aligned with the principles of sustainable development, so that the content of learning and its pedagogies are reinforced by the way facilities are managed and decisions are made internally. This holistic institutional approach to Education for Sustainable Development calls for learning environments in which learners learn what they live and live what they learn.
This is why it is necessary to identify a roadmap that allows the authorities and the entire university community, to carry out good practices oriented to their materialization and measurement, through actions that are clearly aimed at achieving the promotion of the SDGs and thus comply with the 2030 Agenda.
This hybrid course will include face-to-face activities in Cambridge, where for three days the participating rectors will attend lectures and workshops, led by international experts, to reflect on their strategic plans and deepen their collective awareness aimed at promoting a sustainable culture. The experience will be aimed at developing a space for dialogue and exchange of knowledge and best practices and thus deepen what is Sustainability, what is Education for Sustainable Development, as well as the signing of an institutional agreement to achieve the commitments contained in the 2030 Agenda.
Subsequently, during 8 weeks, an institutional team composed of the rector and up to two people, will have the advice of a mentor to accompany them in a process of collective construction and reformulation of their Strategic Plan, along with a virtual training on the IESALC campus, where a model of social and collaborative learning will be developed, strengthening the network of universities for Sustainability.
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Throughout the different modules, activities aimed at the design of the Strategic Sustainable Project will be implemented and based on the contextual information of each university. The final result will be a roadmap for measuring the scope of actions in relation to the SDGs and its Implementation Plan for the Strategic Sustainable Project at the university.
Module 1. Sustainability at the heart of university strategy
The development of a need for a fairer and more inclusive world. Therefore, this module on sustainable culture requires a clear awareness that it will focus on developing a space for dialogue to deepen what is Sustainability, what is Education for Sustainable Development, the 2030 Agenda with the SDGs, the relationship with stakeholders and material issues.
Module 2. Accelerating the SDGs in Universities
Addressing the challenges of the SDGs requires new knowledge, new ways of doing things, making difficult choices between contrasting options and, in some cases, profound transformations.
This module provides a clear vision of how universities can contribute to the implementation of the SDGs through their own functions: education, research, action and social leadership.
Module 3: Governance and sustainable leadership
A sustainability initiative implies major transformations, common to the activities of a higher education institution. These require a strong institutional commitment, as well as governance structures that enable the effective participation of the institution’s various stakeholders and the coordination of sustainability efforts.
Module 4. Challenges and pathways to 2050
Universities are often large entities and can have a significant impact on the social, cultural and environmental welfare aspects within their campuses, communities and regions, and sometimes far beyond. These impacts relate directly to all areas of the SDGs and by acting responsibly universities can make significant contributions to their achievement.
Leveraging their unique position within society, universities, both individually and collectively, can help lead, guide, and support local, national, and international responses to the SDGs.