The great challenge of the 21st century for institutions of higher learning is to educate students to be able to transform themselves and society towards a more sustainable future. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is seen as a vision of education that seeks to empower people to assume responsibility and co-responsibility of their actions for creating a sustainable future. These challenges call that university curricula and teaching methods should be re-oriented in order to infuse ESD and sensitize students and other stakeholders towards sustainable development. Reorienting existing higher education curricula to address sustainable development is very urgent and necessary to equip graduates with knowledge, skills, perspectives and values of sustainability. The RUCAS Tempus Project has initiated a wide range of activities to develop resources, revise and develop new curriculum initiatives, build capacity amongst university staff, develop appropriate infrastructure, and strengthen national and regional institutional networks. Curriculum review and revision has been carried out in the disciplines of Educational Sciences, Social Sciences, Econimcs/business Sciences, Health Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences. The RUCAS on-line Toolkit consisted of eight modules has been created to help faculty members learn the basics of the processess and practices for re-orienting university curricula to address sustainability.
Prof.Dr. Vassilios Makrakis
Dr. Nelly Kostoulas-Makrakis