BUP Teachers Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

We are happy to announce BUP Teachers Conference on Education for Sustainable Development that will be organised 25-28 October 2015 in Rogów, Poland.
The conference will deal with the challenges regarding education for sustainability in higher education, and sustainability teaching materials and experiences. The new global Sustainable Development Goals and the role of universities is one focus area.
Participants from all countries in the BUP network representing different universities and different disciplines are welcome.
Professor, BUP director Lars Rydén will guide us through the conference. Our aims are to provide an opportunity to exchange knowledge, share experiences, develop competencies, and establish professional contacts. The conference will include lectures, workshops and participants’ presentations (10 min) and posters; the emphasis is on active participation of all participants. There will be some "homework" for participants that will be sent later before the conference.
After acceptance to the conference the participants are asked to send the titles of their presentations/posters. There is also the possibility to publish the conference presentation in the Polish scientific journal “Studia Periegetica”, Following the aims of the conference we welcome teachers from all academic areas. 
Interested teachers are kindly asked to fill an application form and write a motivation letter (max 200 words) with a description of themselves and information on why participation in this teachers training is important to them.
Applications should be sent to Lyudmyla Babak no later than 6th of October 2015.
The Baltic University Programme will cover all expenses for the participating teachers in connection with the conference – accommodation, full board and transportation from Warsaw to Rogow and back included. Travel costs to and from Warsaw will be the responsibility of the participants and their universities.
However there is a possibility for representatives from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to have their travel costs partially covered. For more information please contact Sinikka Suomalainen.

COP21 Ministers Urged to Partner with Universities, Colleges and Students

COP21 Paris 2015The collective voice of the world’s universities, colleges and students will be heard at COP21. The United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Paris, France during the first week of December.
A global alliance of tertiary and higher education sustainability networks jointly issued an Open Letter urging Ministers and Governments to acknowledge and strengthen the research and education role that universities and colleges play in addressing climate change. With networks on every continent pledging signatures, the global alliance already represents more than 3000 universities and colleges worldwide.
The Open Letter celebrates and confirms the critical role universities and colleges play in finding and implementing solutions towards climate change mitigation and adaptation and places it in the context of addressing wider issues of sustainability, including social and economic policies and practices.
Addressed to COP21 Ministers and Governments the letter also calls for more specific measures to be taken such as showcasing universities and colleges as living laboratories for climate change adaptation and mitigation, increasing support for trans-disciplinary learning, teaching and research approaches, and using university and college campuses and operations as a leverage agent to accelerate the transition to clean energy sources.
The Open Letter from the global alliance will be handed to COP21 General Secretary Pierre Henri Guignard on 14 October at the UNESCO Headquarters during the Higher Education for Climate Change Action Event. The event is hosted by The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative- HESI which was created by a consortium of UN entities UNESCO, UN-DESA, UNEP, Global Compact and UNU.
Find the Open Letter here pdf.

BUP Newsletter no. 44, September 2015

BUP Newsletter no 44In this issue of the BUP Newsletter you may read about:
  • Dear Reader by Lars Rydén
  • Sailing For Our Common Sustainable Future by Mårten Thorslund
  • Implementing Sustainable Development in European Cities and Regions by Alexis Awaitey and Halyna Parobok
  • Shift Happens! by Per-Arne Lindström
and much more. Download your own copy of the:

Call for Partners: Vocational Ideas for Baltic Sea, Central Baltic

Call for Partners: Vocational IdeasHelsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and Turku University of Applied Sciences are looking for partners for their Central Baltic project idea, specific objective 4.2: More aligned vocational education and training (VET) programmes in the Central Baltic region.
We are looking for partners from Estonia, Latvia and Sweden to jointly develop further the project idea (the aligned VET study module).
Our idea is to develop an innovative professional study programme concentrating around the theme Baltic Sea. The objective is to increase the competence of the students to work in multidisciplinary context, create solutions for better future of Baltic Sea and understand the benefits gained from applying the sustainable development in working environment.
For further information please see the Call for Partners flyer: