Education for Sutainable Development (ESD) in Higher Education

In 2005, a Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development was adopted by the UN Economic and Social Council, which aimed to “encourage UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) member States to develop and incorporate ESD into their formal education systems, in all relevant subjects, and in non-formal and informal education” (UNECE, 2005:2). Moreover, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the global community include Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). One of the targets of SDG 4 on quality education we find of special importance is target 4.7, which focuses on ESD. Both the University of Geneva and Yonsei University have been very active in furthering ESD for the last few years. Fostering global citizenship through ESD is a common goal of the two universities. However, at present, there is a lack of studies on pedagogical approaches for ESD in higher education. In order to fill the gap, and to position our universities as leaders in the area of ESD, we are looking to strengthen knowledge sharing and develop a plan for future course materials together. Access to the UNIGE-Yonsei Seed Fund would allow us to carry out the following: (1) field visits in both universities in order to learn and gain expertise from each other; (2) sharing of best practices in the form of case studies for pedagogical approaches, and (3) the development of a “toolbox” of teaching approaches tied to competencies and outcomes, which illustrate innovative, creative and effective approaches. The exchange visits would include workshops, panel discussions, and laying the foundations for tool kit development.