SUSTAIN: Strengthening higher education in Urban Sustainability and Transitions towards internationalization of Academic Institutions and Networks

About two-thirds of the world's population will be living in towns and cities in the next 50 years. A forecast of the UN Habitat Forum (2008) indicates that over 90 percent of the urban growth over the next 15 years will occur primarily in developing countries.

Many of the current developments negatively impact on natural resources and the environment through poor planning, misinformed or unfit urban design, air and water pollution, increase in waste generation and a rapid increase on carbon emissions contributing to global climate change.

Cities are often poorly equipped to manage the effects of natural disasters, climate change, contaminated or unstable land and health pandemics. Many will need massive investments in infrastructure, public services, institutional capacity, and environmental programs if basic security, health, safety and over-all conditions are to improve for the majority of urban residents. Given this background, cities need to develop the capacity and implement the policies that will drive them to the transition to sustainable urban development.

Higher education has a significant role to play by educating and training the future urban managers and planners. There is a growing interest on research and education in new urban issues in EU as well as in non-EU countries due their scale and pace of urbanization as well as to the speed of change these countries experience overall. Education needs to cope with this pace of change and provide knowledge and build skills to young professionals to deal with challenges that lie ahead.

With these in mind, the SUSTAIN Project aims to:

  • To develop innovative learning packages on Sustainable Urban Development.
  • To promote collaboration and international cooperation between European and Asian Higher Education Institutions in SUD.
  • To improve the quality of Higher Education in Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) in Europe and partner Universities in Asia.
  • To establish links and bridge Higher Education and practice in SUD.
  • To increase the employability of students.

As such, in this website you can:

  • Find information about SUSTAIN learning resources,
  • Learn about the practical implications of studying in Europe, and
  • Get the latest news, publications and project updates.

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Steve Kennedy


Sustainable Urban Development