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Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 158; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10010158

Enhancing Education for Sustainable Development in Environmental University Programmes: A Co-Creation Approach

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Faculty of Business Administration and Management, Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera, s/n 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Ladrón de Guevara E11-253, 170517 Quito, Ecuador
These first three authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 24 October 2017 / Revised: 22 December 2017 / Accepted: 8 January 2018 / Published: 11 January 2018
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The purpose of this study is to analyse co-creation approach as a strategy at HE as a prerequisite for a successful implementation of sustainable development (HESD), while considering student collaboration in university processes. A questionnaire was handed in to 395 undergraduate environmental students from twelve Ecuadorian universities to test a structural equation model that included four variables—participation, co-creation, satisfaction, and trust. It is worth noting that these topics are increasingly relevant in competitive and innovative universities when promoting management in HESD. The results verify that student participation, as one of the key ESD skills, has a significant and positive influence on co-creation as a generator of student satisfaction and trust, especially in this context. Co-creation, from a higher education perspective, from the premise that students are the centre of the learning process, reinforces the education quality principles in an innovative way, and promotes the HESD perspectives. View Full-Text
Keywords: higher education for sustainable development; environmental engineering student; co-creation; trust; satisfaction; participation; Ecuador higher education for sustainable development; environmental engineering student; co-creation; trust; satisfaction; participation; Ecuador
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Perello-Marín, M.R.; Ribes-Giner, G.; Pantoja Díaz, O. Enhancing Education for Sustainable Development in Environmental University Programmes: A Co-Creation Approach. Sustainability 2018, 10, 158.

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