Sustainable University in Greece (Master thesis)

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Leaving the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development - ESD (2005-2014), the international research community is already studying the response of higher education to Sustainable Development as defined by relevant declarations (Talloires Declaration, HESI etc.). Several approaches, guidelines and tools have been proposed to undertake initiatives and assess the progress of universities that are willing to achieve sustainability goals. The purpose of this study is to examine whether the Greek universities have adopted strategies and initiatives towards sustainability according to these declarations as well as the extent of achievement. For this purpose, we conducted a preliminary investigation on the websites of the Greek universities as well as a systematic, specific web search, using searching machines, aiming to identify existing structures and practices, initiatives and other actions in the context of Sustainability in Higher Education. Main research lines are the dimensions of the Sustainable University, as defined by international declarations: written statements, curricula, research, campus function, students’ life, outreach and partnerships etc. This study shows that few Greek Universities have launched systematic initiatives. These initiatives focus on reducing their ecological footprint, through interventions on the structures and functions. Systematic interventions in curricula and development of partnership with local communities in order to promote sustainable practices are hardly detected. Finally, the case study of Ioannina was made as an attempt to draw the first conclusions about the implementation of sustainability practices in an Greek higher education institute.
Alternative title / Subtitle: διαδικτυακή έρευνα και μια μελέτη περίπτωσης
web content research and a case study
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης
Subject classification: Πανεπιστήμια -- Ελλάδα
Keywords: Αειφόρο Πανεπιστήμιο,Εκπαίδευση για την Αειφόρο Ανάπτυξη (ΕΑΑ),Ελληνικά Πανεπιστήμια,Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων,Διαδικτυακή έρευνα,Μελέτη περίπτωσης,Sustainable university,Education for sustainable development,Greek universities,University of Ioannina,Web based research,Content analysis,Web content analysis,Case study
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