Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

Novia University of Applied Sciences stands for quality in education, regional presence and sustainable ecological, economic and social development.Our overall objective until 2015, is to implement sustainable development in the curricula of all degree programs. We also run a project, developing a process for enhancing education for sustainable development, together with partners from 10 other universities within the Nordic countries. This project ends 2013 and is partly financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Implementation methodologies

We apply an integrated management system for quality, environment and safety, certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. The main objective is to support our students' progress into quality- and environmentally conscious professionals who take sustainable development into consideration in their future careers.In the management system we have overall objectives for sustainable development on the university level as well as on the faculty level and within administration. The objectives have been identified in processes involving both staff and students.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Project for enhancing education for sustainable development
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 4
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff committed to sustainability
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Vasa, Finland
Date of completion: 2013
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Örjan Andersson,,

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