Narratives on education for sustainable development in Malaysian universities

Syed-Abdullah, S.I.S., Kushnir, I. ORCID: 0000-0003-0727-7208 and Abdrahim, N.A., 2023. Narratives on education for sustainable development in Malaysian universities. Sustainability, 15 (17): 13110. ISSN 2071-1050

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Higher education institutions are powerful forces in producing the human capital necessary to drive sustainable development. To support global aspirations to improve our planet, higher education institutions worldwide have been integrating the education for sustainable development agenda within the curriculum of a wide range of disciplines. This study aims to describe how Malaysian public universities have been implementing education for sustainable development. By adopting a qualitative research approach, this study gathered data through in-depth interviews and four focus group discussions with 16 sustainability experts from five public universities in Malaysia, renowned for their education provision and research in the field of sustainable development. Thematic analyses of the data reveal four prevailing approaches to implementing education for sustainable development at Malaysian higher education institutions. They are the organisational adoption approach, the competitive approach, the continuity approach, and the transformative approach. This study also projects the idea that the implementation of education for sustainable development (ESD) requires solid support from the institutions’ senior management to prioritise it in their managerial agenda.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sustainability
Creators: Syed-Abdullah, S.I.S., Kushnir, I. and Abdrahim, N.A.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 31 August 2023
Volume: 15
Number: 17
ISSN: 2071-1050
Rights: ©2023 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Institute of Education
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 04 Sep 2023 08:29
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2023 08:29

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