SUST-HEIn, Fostering whole institution approach to sustainability in HE through systems thinking is an Erasmus LS project that runs from January 2023 to October 2026

Sust-HEIn project aims to elevate the transition of HEIs in Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Spain to green, sustainable institutions, by fostering the whole-institution approach to sustainability through systems thinking. It aims to promote an institutional model to support HEIs’ strategic planning to effectively respond to evolving needs and conditions to deliver systemic, institution-wide integration of sustainability, using systems thinking to analyze external and internal factors and their influence as well as where internal shifts are needed to respond to these factors.

The project, through transnational cooperation and mutual learning, will identify, develop, test and assess the whole institution approach to sustainability through systems thinking in the HE sector, which responds to the key European priorities of the European Green Deal (and education and training systems and institutions becoming catalysts for achieving the transition to a greener and more sustainable Europe), and of the European Education Area and sixth flagship action of the European Skills Agenda (on supporting the green transition); and it has the potential of becoming mainstreamed, thus improving the education systems, and the effectiveness of policies and practices in the field of education.

Outputs

WP1 – Mapping and review of the state of the art of institutional sustainability self-assessment and integration of systems thinking

WP2 – Development of whole-system sustainability model

WP3 – Piloting of whole-system sustainability model

WP4 – Promotion of guidelines and common principles on sustainable transition of higher education

Objectives

Enhance implementation of whole-institution sustainability policy/models in higher education using systems thinking

Implement innovative approaches to teaching on sustainability through systems thinking

Enhance the skills and competences of educators, staff and students to integrate sustainability and engage in sustainability activities/processes, especially fostering the inclusion and engagement of members of disadvantaged/vulnerable groups

Strengthen cooperation of HEIs with the local communities and other partners in developing and implementing local sustainability initiatives for the inclusion of disadvantaged/vulnerable groups

Promote adoption of national guidelines/plans for sector wide sustainable transition of higher education through whole-system approach

Promote the establishment at EU level of common principles and guidance on HE whole institution approaches for sustainability

Outputs

WP1 – Mapping and review of the state of the art of institutional sustainability self-assessment and integration of systems thinking

WP2 – Development of whole-system sustainability model

WP3 – Piloting of whole-system sustainability model

WP4 – Promotion of guidelines and common principles on sustainable transition of higher education

Objectives

Enhance implementation of whole-institution sustainability policy/models in higher education using systems thinking

Implement innovative approaches to teaching on sustainability through systems thinking

Enhance the skills and competences of educators, staff and students to integrate sustainability and engage in sustainability activities/processes, especially fostering the inclusion and engagement of members of disadvantaged/vulnerable groups

Strengthen cooperation of HEIs with the local communities and other partners in developing and implementing local sustainability initiatives for the inclusion of disadvantaged/vulnerable groups

Promote adoption of national guidelines/plans for sector wide sustainable transition of higher education through whole-system approach

Promote the establishment at EU level of common principles and guidance on HE whole institution approaches for sustainability

Target groups

  • HEIs Leaders
  • Students
  • Academic and
  • Administrative staff
  • Policy-makers
  • Local actors