LIVE ONLINE COURSE - University and sustainability: travelling companions for a great mission

29.Jun - 30.Jun

Cod. X28-20

The official languages of the Course are Basque, Spanish and English. There will be not a translation service

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In September 2015, the United Nations published a new agenda to transform the world: the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, with 17 objectives and 169 goals. This is the first international agenda that refers to university education and that directly challenges the higher education institutions, which have been called to be one of the protagonists of this mission.

During this first third of the agenda (2015-2020), numerous awareness campaigns have been launched both at the european, state, regional or local levels. It is usual to meet with talks, conferences and seminars in which several social, economic, cultural or political agents discuss this new road map. In universities and scientific community there is also a shared concern about many of the problems posed by the agenda. Nobody loses sight of emergency situations related to the dramatic processes of pauperization and discrimination of people and communities, the ecological deterioration or global warming of the planet as well as the multiple negative consequences directly related to social ways of life that lead the planet to collapse. We all share that this is the way but have we started to walk? Do we have a good pace to reach the destination in 2030?

Public universities are called to set the pace for achieving the 169 operational goals of the agenda at different levels:

  • At the level of research contributing in a committed way to the production of knowledge in these problem areas. As Polly Courtice, director of the Leadership Institute for Sustainability at the University of Cambridge points out, "the university's greatest contribution to sustainability is to make sure the evidence is sound."
  • At the level of training, articulating mechanisms that introduce the perspective of sustainable development in its broadest conception, both in the curriculums of the degrees and in the university extension.
  • At the level of internal management, considering itself a privileged environment of responsible experimentation through its own internal functioning: indicating the change of habits of consumption, health and care, of inclusive, egalitarian and ethical behavior, and, becoming a model that inspires and motivates other organizations.

This Summer Course aims to know and explore the appropriations that universities are making of the agenda's mandate in terms of coherent and global policies that present tangible and verifiable results, beyond isolated and timely activities.


Analyze the design and development policies of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in the framework of universities from an international perspective.


Present solid strategies and good practices of global and integrated development of the 2030 Agenda in the fields of research, training and internal management of universities.

Present the methodological keys for developing an on-site agenda, as well as the ways to monitor results and demonstrate tangible achievements so that the participants can incorporate their content and discourse into their work contexts.

Analyze the procedures followed by specific rankings, in order to facilitate their understanding by universities.

Activity directed to

  • University student
  • Teachers
  • Professionals
  • Institutional managers


  • Euskampus
  • Streaming course
    • Education
    • Social Sustainability
    • Sostenibility
  • 29.Jun - 30.Jun
  • Live online
  • Spanish
  • Academic Validity: 20 hours