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Title: The integration of competences for sustainable development in higher education: an analysis of bachelor programs in management
Authors: Lambrechts, Wim ×
Mulà, Ingrid
Ceulemans, Kim
Molderez, Ingrid
Gaeremynck, Veerle #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann, Ltd
Series Title: Journal of Cleaner Production vol:48 pages:65-73
Host Document: Journal of Cleaner Production vol: online first
Abstract: Over the past years, many universities have integrated sustainability into their education, research, outreach, and operations. Within education, competences regarding sustainable development (SD) have been defined, courses on sustainability have been developed, and manuals and methods for teaching SD have been developed and integrated in curricula. The integration of competences for SD in higher education programs can be seen as an important step in achieving sustainability in higher education. Although these competences are defined and described in different models and settings, little information is available on the actual status of the integration of competences for SD in different study programs. In order to find out how and to what extent these competences are already present, the existing competence schemes of study programs within two Belgian universities were analyzed in the fields of business management, office management, and applied information technology. Results of the analysis show that competences for SD related to responsibility and emotional intelligence are widely integrated, while competences for SD dealing with system orientation, future orientation, personal commitment, and action taking are virtually absent. The analysis also shows that many competences for SD could be discovered within the selected study programs, though in an implicit and fragmented way, thus not covering all necessary fields of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. This calls for an adjustment of the study programs to clearly and explicitly integrate competences for SD, especially those related to system orientation, future orientation, personal involvement, and action taking.
ISSN: 0959-6526
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Business and Management Studies - UC Leuven
Centre for Economics and Ethics, Leuven
Research Coordination, Campus Brussels
Research Centre for Economics and Corporate Sustainability, Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
Department of Teacher Training - UC Leuven
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