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Sustainability in higher education is NOT a third mission

Let’s move sustainability center stage in our academic mission, and not think about it as a third or other mission - sustainable development is our mission! What we do in higher education matters.

Speaking in New York at the latest UN HLPF HESI event https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdinaction/hesi, reinforced my view that universities and colleges have a critical role to play as change agents in...

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Universities and Colleges delivering against the Sustainable Development Goals

What a pleasure to attend and speak at the 106th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities on 'Universities and Colleges delivering against the Sustainable Development Goals'. Thank you to all the wonderful participants at my session on Friday 24th January 2020, for your interest, your questions and for all your incredible work in the sector. If you would like a copy of the slide deck, or if I can help in anyway, do please email me at wpurcell@hsph.harvard.edu

The Abstract for the session is given here:

Higher education institutions...

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Prosperum iter facias: May your [sustainability] journey be successful

Last week I had the honor and privilege to lead the EAUC Sustainability Leadership Lab at Jesus College, Cambridge University. Joined by leaders from across the UK sector, my program team colleagues (Iain Patton EAUC, Janet Haddock-Fraser MMU, Dave Gorman Edinburgh University and John French CISL) and I explored what it means for universities and colleges to step up and embrace sustainability as the 'new normal'. Reframed as a strategic agenda for higher education, this amazing group of higher education leaders came together for three full days to learn more about delivering a more...

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Interdisciplinarity is NOT Anti-disciplines

Building a university curriculum for the 21st century relies upon a polymathic approach to education. We hear this in calls for inter-, multi- and transdisciplinary innovation in teaching and learning. This relies on collaboration among subjects, working across disciplinary boundaries to co-create impactful learning for students. Given the major societal challenges facing us, as represented...

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