Sustainability and Higher Education

Nowadays, higher education is taken into consideration as one of the leading global industries, which plays a critical role in nations’ ability to compete and succeed. The power in higher education might well influence on the political power balance around the world. Therefore, a large number of countries, particularly the developed ones, develop and adjust their macro policies in order to improve and reinforce their higher education.

It is obvious that the future orientation of higher education is under the influences of several driving forces. Many authorities believe that sustainable development is a major driving force that can change the universities’ performance toward co-creating a sustainable world. Analyzing the different universities performance shows that nowadays, this transition is taking place so that “co-creation for sustainability” is an emerging mission for universities.

In recent years, Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) has created a strong linkage between sustainable development and higher education by changing its main strategies to achieve sustainable development goals. Office of sustainability as a pioneer has tried to embed sustainability in AUT and then implement in society. “Sustainability and Higher Education Group” has played a facilitative role in achieving the goals through:

1.Monitoring the sustainability activities in different universities with a global view

2.Providing a green strategic framework based on futures studies and sustainability principles with respect to long-term future of AUT

3.Combination of sustainability and futures studies with others fields, and

4.Holding sustainability and higher education conferences

Moreover, future plan of this group are:


1.Analyzing and assessing sustainability in Iranian universities

  1. Creating an information network between different components of higher education in Iran
  1. Back casting scenarios for sustainable AUT 2030
  1. Drawing a flexible roadmap to achieve the sustainable scenarios for AUT 2030
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