Education

Objectives 2016-2020:

  • KTH shall increase all employees' and students’ knowledge of and involvement in issues relating to sustainable development.
  • Sustainable development shall be integrated into all educational programs at all levels so that students can contribute to the sustainable development of society after graduation.

Sustainable development shall be integrated into all of KTH’s educational programs, including doctoral programs. There should also be educational programs at all levels with a sustainability focus. In all architectural and five year engineering programs students should have an opportunity to develop a sustainability profile through selection of elective courses or the possibility to choose a master program or track with a sustainability focus. Within KTH’s environmental management system, all schools shall establish an action plan on how to strengthen the integration of sustainable development into the school’s educational programs. This may, if possible, be integrated with educational programs and development plans. Evaluations, assignments and investigations mandated centrally and related to education should include/integrate sustainable development. A pedagogical course on Learning for Sustainable Development should be held at least once a year. Seminars and network meetings for teaching staff shall be arranged. Employees and students at KTH shall be provided with knowledge and awareness of sustainable development relating to their work and student life. KTH will offer employees both broad general education and necessary specialized training programs, for example in chemical management. Future quality assurance evaluations shall include sustainable development.

Background

The skills and attitudes that students develop throughout their education at KTH will have indirect impacts on sustainable development after their graduation. Upon completion of their education, students at all levels should have the basic knowledge and tools they need to make relevant assessments and evaluations related to sustainable development. The Swedish Higher Education Ordinance includes learning outcomes related to sustainable development. In 2012, a self-evaluation of the fulfillment of learning outcomes related to sustainable development was conducted at all three- and five year engineering programs, and five year architecture program. The self-evaluations worked as a basis for dialogues with the school’s management during visits in 2013, resulting in written action plans for program development within environment and sustainable development 2013 and 2014. In 2015, a follow-up of KTH’s programs was conducted to assess fulfillment of national learning outcomes, KTH's environmental objectives and the targets outlined in KTH’s Strategic Plan 2013-2016 with regards to sustainable development within the three- and five year engineering programs, and architecture programs at KTH.

KTH offers various opportunities for employee training in environmental and sustainable development. A variety of courses are available, for example an open web-based basic training on sustainable development, as well as specialized training in areas such as chemical management and learning for sustainable development.

Follow-up

Follow-up will be conducted by analyzing learning outcomes on program- and course level, and course content. Quantitative indicators are determined by the number of courses that include environment and sustainable development, the number of programs that focus on sustainability, the number of teachers who complete the pedagogical course in Learning for Sustainable Development, and the results from the Alumni career survey and the mid-way questionnaire to students regarding sustainable development. Qualitative evaluation based on the students’ evaluations of learning activities and examinations shall be incorporated in the follow-up.

Follow-up of employee training is conducted by compiling a list of participants who have completed the courses. Documented staff training plans are also followed up centrally, at KTH´s schools and the university administration. New indicators for follow-up may also be relevant.

Responsible for follow-up: KTH Sustainability Office, KTH Schools

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