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Building hope on the African continent

A South African University have restated their mission to be true builders of hope on the African continent, and to blaze new trails with a “science for society” strategy that puts its strengths and expertise at the service of human need. The project, that has received considerable funding from internal and external sources, enables research […]

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A curriculum that supports student self-development

While many business and management schools consider the study of sustainable development as a specialist subject, a business school based in France places the field at the heart of its MSc Management course. Inspired by the six PRME principles, the school’s transformative and issue-centered learning approach encourages students to pursue their own goals, following a Pro-Act pedagogy […]

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Seeking creative solutions to complex problems

A US-based university refocuses its efforts on ethics, social responsibility, service and sustainability as part of its issue-centered learning courses. One of their programs strongly encourages students to draw on knowledge and experience from all backgrounds when addressing complex issues, as well as promoting a transdisciplinary approach amongst faculty members and postgraduate students.  Institution:  Bentley University Country: […]

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Changing attitudes with the MBA for a Better Planet

A University in Canada plans to launch an MBA for a Better Planet. Students will combine a transformative classroom and online learning curriculum with experiential and field-based learning to better understand food systems and supply chains, barriers to a safe and secure food supply, and the role of business in development. The program aims to […]

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Applying whole person learning to real-world problems

A business school in Hong Kong sets an example to other institutions with its strong emphasis on ethics, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance to its education and research agenda, which form a core aspect of its transformative learning philosophy. The school conducts wide-ranging community based work in promoting corporate social responsibility by encouraging its […]

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A concert of ideas

The challenges facing leaders in education, business and the social sector are exceedingly complex and wholly unsuited to solutions generated from within the silos of individual disciplines. These challenges cannot be resolved by business relying exclusively on traditional methods of analysis and linear models of causality. An international collaboration of performing artists use the power of music to create highly integrated learning environments. In their world, music is never just music – but rather the sound of ideas employed to build integrated learning environments, helping participants form new perspectives, address problems across disciplines and re-connect with their deepest values.

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A holistic view of sustainable investing

There has been a strong movement in the last few years towards a model of investing that takes into account not only financial returns, but also environmental, social, ethical, and governance considerations. A Canadian business school in collaboration with finance, investment and industrial companies created the first online sustainable investment certification awarded through a university business school. The certification equips professionals with the tools required to understand the rapidly emerging sustainable finance sector and be able to offer sustainable investing advice to clients and within their own organizations.

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Research through the lens

Lengthy jargon filled reports mean nothing to anyone outside the small academic sphere. A group of academics is working to overcome this. How? By conducting and presenting their research in video format. All the principles of academic rigour are maintained, but the end product can be accessed at the click of a mouse and understood easily because of its clear, multi-dimensional format.

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Bespoke management education

A joint venture between a Swiss University and company offers courses on CSR and Sustainability aimed at business executives with a strong focus on interactivity and business concerns. Because it is a demand-led course facilitated by a private company required changes to the curriculum can be made at short notice.

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Problem-based learning at the core

A German University’s Sustainability Science masters program requires students to to identify and structure complex, real-world sustainability problems and to work effectively with actors outside the world of academia. The course is entirely based on a Problem-based Learning approach which is often challenging to implement within traditional institutions.

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