Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles to the Implementation of Sustainable Development at Universities

National Taiwan Normal University, Universidade Aberta, University of Passo Fundo, University of Aveiro

Publication Release Date: Aug. 17, 2017
Date Posted: April 24, 2018
Submitted by: Rachel Young
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Coordination & Planning
Content Type: Publications
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Online
Periodical Name: Journal of Integrative Environmental Science
Type: Journal Article


Although there have been proven and successful developments in the field of Higher Education for Sustainable Development over the past 15 years or so, there are still numerous challenges to be overcome. Among these challenges is the need for Higher Education Institutions to improve the integration of sustainability in the curriculum and in research, and most importantly, to integrate it holistically in their systems. This paper presents an analysis of the fundamental obstacles to the incorporation of sustainable development in universities. It reports on an empirical study performed with universities across the world, where some of the main barriers are identified. It is recommended that these barriers are viewed as obstacles and entrepreneurial opportunities, and addressed accordingly.


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