Integrating education for sustainable development into a higher education institution: beginning the journey

Howarth, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-5857-6641, Ndlovu, T. ORCID: 0000-0003-0753-0015, Ndlovu, S., Molthan-Hill, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-4425-1800 and Puntha, H. ORCID: 0000-0002-0796-2830, 2019. Integrating education for sustainable development into a higher education institution: beginning the journey. Emerald Open Research, 1: 9. ISSN 2631-3952

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Much of the current literature on integrating sustainability into HEIs is focussed on why HEIs should embrace sustainable development (SD) and what is still missing or hindering work and the integration of efforts. There is much less exploration of how SD has been interpreted at the individual HEI level and action taken as a result. This case study reflects on important elements of the journey Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in the UK has taken to integrate sustainability, focussing on key decisions and activity in 2009/10. In highlighting this, the authors seek to empower those looking to support and/or lead the embedding of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), separately or as part of an integrated effort, in their own institution. Today in 2019, NTU is a global leader in integrating ESD as part of a wider SD agenda. The work which this paper presents, to understand and establish a baseline of key elements of NTU’s existing ESD activity and systems, was an important turning point. Activities undertaken to review and assess ‘where are we now?’, primarily through an institution-wide survey in 2009/10, led to important insights and supported dialogue, as well as the connection and underpinning of core administrative elements of the NTU SD framework and systems. Further recommendations are given in the final section of this paper on other drivers that can help to embed ESD within an HEI.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Emerald Open Research
Creators: Howarth, R., Ndlovu, T., Ndlovu, S., Molthan-Hill, P. and Puntha, H.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 4 April 2019
Volume: 1
ISSN: 2631-3952
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 19 Jun 2019 14:42
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 14:42

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