Sustainability in education

Sustainable development is one of the five leading principles in the Strategic Plan 2021-2025. This is why the university will work towards integrating the SDG's in its eduction programmes. The university offers 8 bachelor's programmes and 59 master's programmes within the theme 'earth & sustainability' and 25 minors within the themes earth, environment and nature. 

Museum of the linear economy

Early in 2020, the Urban Futures Studio organised the fourth edition of the Mixed Classroom ‘Techniques of Futuring’. This year’s theme: Circularity. Over two months, policymakers and students worked together in teams to create fictional arctefacts from the future, telling the story of the end of the linear economy. These artefacts together make up the Museum of the Linear Economy.

The course is based on the idea that an effective response to societal challenges requires the creation of tangible images of possible and desirable futures. Final presentations were not organised in a lecture room, but were held as a part of the launch of the museum at cultural space RAUM.

Sustainability for every student

During the Introduction week 2019, some 800 students from the Faculty of Geosciences and the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) programme played the newly developed serious game 'Utrecht 2040'. Using an app on their smartphone, students watched mini-lectures and took on challenges based on the SDG's throughout the Utrecht city centre. The goal of this game is to familiarize students with the large variety of SDG's. Initiator Dr. Karin Rebel: 'The university wants all students to gain an understanding on sustainability. A game seemed to me to be the best way to achieve this. 

Unique sustainability bachelor

With the planting of a tree in front of the Victor J. Koningsberger Building, the first batch of 63 graduates of the 2019 bachelor's degree in global sustainability science marked the fact that they had just completed their degree. The unique bachelor, which is offered from the Copernicus Institute, started in 2016 with an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented programme in which students search for solutions to sustainability issues. Similar broad bachelor's programmes with sustainability as a subject are only offered at a few Dutch universities.