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University of Jyväskylä
Description/achievement of initiative

The University of Jyväskylä offers Corporate Environmental Management (CEM) and Environmental Science degree programs, as well as a masters degree programme in Development and International Cooperation. We also coordinate the Finnish University Partnership for International Development - UniPID, which is a partnership network between 10 Finnish universities. UniPID aims at establishing long-standing research and education co-operation based on partnerships and durable contacts between Finland and universities in the developing and transition countries. UniPID also offers an online Minor Programme: Sustainability in Development.

Implementation methodologies

"The University of Jyväskylä Strategy document takes sustainable development into account especially in the University's environmental programme. The University of Jyväskylä recognizes that its activities may have effects on the surrounding environment. Therefore the University is currently preparing a new Environmental Policy to affirm the commitment to environmental issues and to demonstrate its intention to sound environmental practices. Currently the University is making preparations for implementing an environmental management system in order to fulfill the environmental criteria of the WWF Green Office standards by 31.12.2013. This process is being spearheaded by the University's high-level Environmental Working Group initiated in April 2011. The main tasks of the working group are to give guidelines to the environmental work at the University according to the strategy of the University and to generate procedures, guidelines and evaluation systems for decreasing environmental effects (energy consumption, waste production, campus traffic arrangements, and pro-environmental procurement) in cooperation with the University's Environmental Coordinator.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


University of Jyväskylä
Progress reports
Goal 4
Integrating environmental and sustainable development issues in its curriculum
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff dedicated to sustainability

Basic information
Time-frame: 2012 - 2015
University of Jyväskylä
Contact information
Matti Jussi Manninen, Rector, matti.manninen@jyu.fi
United Nations