MIO-ECSDE together with the University of Athens participates in a new ESD  initiative planning to shake up the way teaching and learning occurs at the university level, entitled “University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD)”. UE4SD is a project that brings together 55 partners (mainly universities) from 33 countries across Europe and beyond to rethink the higher education curriculum to address sustainable development. The 3 year-project, funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme – Erasmus Academic Networks, will focus on linking Education for Sustainable Development and the drive to improve quality in higher education generally.

The project focus is innovative as not much is known about how the ESD competences of university educators are supported and developed. To overcome this barrier, project partners will conduct among others a grounded study to map and analyse existing professional development opportunities in ESD  at a country and regional level. MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES Secretariat has undertaken to conduct the study for Greece. A systemic collection of information will result into 4 European sub-regional mapping reports and one state of the art report across all 33 partner countries. Leading practice will be identified and will form the basis of a publication and online platform of resources. These project resources will support and Academy of ESD in Higher Education which seeks to support higher education institutions to implement change programmes in the area of Education for Sustainable Development and professional development.

For further information: http://www.ue4sd.eu