30 Jul GET-AHED and DisCo Conference 2023
DisCo Conference 2023 – The Get-Ahed project had an opportunity to present its project at the 8th international conference in July 2023: Development of Digital and Entrepreneurial Competences through Digitally Enhanced Learning which was organised by the Centre for Higher Education Studies and West Bohemia University
The conference was held in Prague, Czech Republic at Microsoft, Vyskočilova, 1561/4a, Prague 4; Date: 19.-20.6. 2023
The presentation delivered by the Get-Ahed team was: “Embedding Sustainability in Higher Education Through Digital Approaches”.
Many higher education institutions (HEIs) are pursuing greening measures in support of the green transition, but few have fully integrated environmental sustainability into their institutional strategies and day to day operations. One way to support the strategic embedding of greening activities is through the use of digital tools and platforms. Since the early 2000s, digital sustainability tools for HEIs have emerged and are nowadays numerous and widespread. These digital tools have had many functions including (i) supporting self-assessment of the integration of sustainability within institutional strategies and activities (ii) improving awareness of sustainability among staff and students (iii) improving sustainable operations in areas such as energy and transport. This presentation will provide an overview of the range of digital tools and platforms available to support the green transition within the higher education landscape. The presentation will also provide a detailed overview of the EU-funded project GET-AHED which is to be a digital platform developed in consultation with a number of EU ministries, HEI representative bodies and an existing European University alliance which will provide HEIs across the EU with a range of online tools to enable them to implement the EU’s Green Transition and Green Education and Training priorities. The range of tools to be developed will allow a multiple of HE stakeholder groups to promote and develop whole institutional approaches to sustainability which will focus on:
- Designing, implementing, and monitoring institution sustainability plans
- Supporting Higher Education leaders, in embedding sustainability into all aspects of the institution’s operations
- Supporting staff and students in promoting greater involvement in sustainability initiatives both internally and externally.
- Designing, implementing, and monitoring approaches related to sustainability operations of a HEI and in particular energy and energy related systems.