The University of Borås as a sustainable university
2015 (English)Report (Other academic)
The current text is intended as reflection on the introduction of sustainability into the University of Borås. Furthermore, the aim is to create a resource for discussion, promotion of community values as well as tools for understanding, clarifying and extending sustainability practices within the institution of the University. Following the managerial model of the sustainable university, the aim is to formulate a specific vision and accompanying mission of sustainable university. The vision is articulated in chapter 3 and 4 in terms of three models (managerial, community and research centric) and three concepts (sustainability research, sustainability issues and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)). In chapter 5, the mission statement of the University of Borås is elaborated given the vision of the sustainable university. Chapter 6 introduces a specific problem called the integration paradox: that sophisticated integration of sustainable development into all practices often leads to less clarity, visibility and accountability. This also appears as a problem regarding the mission statement and this is further developed in chapter 7. Three strategies are developed in order to deal with the paradox. First, SDGs and what we call the “meta-question of sustainability research” are discussed in chapter 8. The third strategy, sustainability issues, is focused in chapter 9 and 10. Here, sustainability issues are utilized in order to connect university-based expertise with local and global needs, the latter expressed as SDGs. In chapter 11, three strategies currently in use for integrating sustainability into education are presented and discussed: use of SDGs, community oriented activities aimed at raising appreciation/awareness and certification of courses. Chapter 12 deals with ongoing work related to the information management system ISO 14001. Chapter 13 discusses a particular example of an outreach program and positions this in the context of transdisciplinary research. Chapter 14 supplies a closing discussion and also the argument that the sustainable university as an evolving institution is to a considerable extent counteracted through the current system of external funding. Today, researchers have been schooled into loyalty to international disciplinary networks rather than to the local employer. It could be argued that the local University aiming to develop its own strategy for sustainability as well as developing local outreach programs, need more resources for coordinating internal resources.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borås: Högskolan i Borås , 2015. , 50 p.
, Vetenskap för profession, ISSN 1654-6520 ; 31
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-22ISBN: 978-91-87525-50-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-22DiVA: diva2:791380