Promotion of sustainability in postgraduate education in the Asia Pacific region

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Naeem, Malik A. and Peach, Neil W.. 2011. "Promotion of sustainability in postgraduate education in the Asia Pacific region ." International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 12 (3), pp. 280-290. https://doi.org/10.1108/14676371111148063
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Promotion of sustainability in postgraduate education in the Asia Pacific region

ERA Journal ID20374
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsNaeem, Malik A. (Author) and Peach, Neil W. (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Journal Citation12 (3), pp. 280-290
Number of Pages11
Year2011
Place of PublicationBingley, W Yorks, UK
ISSN1467-6370
1758-6739
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/14676371111148063
Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe how a consortium of universities in the Asia Pacific region are endeavouring to make a contribution to the implementation of education for sustainable development (ESD) through their participation with and the operation of the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Net project.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper describes the evolutionary development of one of the projects of this network (specifically related to ESD in business schools) as the members seek to institute changes at their respective institutions at the same time as contributing to project collaboration in order to enhance the contribution to regional ESD.
Findings – The paper discusses the challenges confronting higher education institutions in the context of the decade of education for sustainable development (DESD) and finds that whilst many local actions within universities are being initiated in relation to ESD, there is insufficient cross institutional collaboration occurring to achieve the transformative agenda of ESD. In particular, universities are leaving it to individuals and departments to develop new curriculum for ESD. To overcome this, work is required at a discipline level across the higher education sector
(both nationally and internationally) to support curriculum development for ESD.
Practical implications – Issues confronting this project and its consortium members are issues confronting many institutions of higher education (IHE) across the globe as they seek to give effect to the ramifications of ESD. The identification of issues by the project and the steps taken to overcome obstacles will be relevant to many IHE.
Originality/value – The challenges of ESD require not only local changes and improvements (within an organisation) but compel the connection between local and global and consequently between individual organisations and the 'system' in which they operate. This applies particularly to individual universities and to the education 'system' in relation to ESD, especially as there are considerable expectations of the education system to reorient and reshape our future leaders to understand and incorporate sustainability into their future careers and ways of life. Conventional and traditional approaches to curriculum development at individual universities is impeding the implementation of ESD. This project is endeavouring to develop a model for shared curriculum
development which will speed up the implementation of ESD and ensure that individual universities and individual departments can focus on the transformative aspects of ESD in the curriculum.

Keywordseducation; sustainable development; sustainability; institutions of higher education; curriculum; learning outcomes; corporate social responsibility; social business; Asia Pacific
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
470108. Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
460911. Inter-organisational, extra-organisational and global information systems
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Byline AffiliationsAsian Institute of Technology, Thailand
University of Southern Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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