Studies in sustainable development are part of all degrees and the continuous learning offered
All specialists who have graduated from universities understand their responsibility in promoting and developing sustainability. They are provided with the skills and knowledge required for this and the abilities and motivation to take their knowledge into practice. Universities develop and provide services in continuous learning on the themes of sustainable development and responsibility.
The following concrete measures must be taken:
- The studies of all students at Finnish universities include a basic course on sustainability and responsibility.
- The learning outcomes of degrees include understanding and implementing global responsibility and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in the context of the field of study. Sustainable development is a natural and cross-cutting part of the learning goals of each degree programme also from the point of view of the field of study concerned. Universities identify the key content and learning goals related to sustainability and responsibility in the different degree programmes.
- Universities dismantle obstacles and develop cross-cutting structures to enable multidisciplinary degree programmes.
- The achievement of the learning outcomes of sustainable development and responsibility is monitored as part of feedback, graduation and career follow-up surveys.
- The key capabilities related to sustainable development and responsibility (e.g. critical and ethical thinking, cooperation and interaction skills, change management and identification of one’s own expertise) are paid attention to as part of the teaching of academic expert skills.
- In line with the principles of continuous learning, universities develop and provide sustainability education to support equity and active citizenship. Universities draw up a national strategy and implementation plan on education for sustainability.