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Sustainability 2014, 6(5), 2974-2992; doi:10.3390/su6052974

Learning for a Sustainable Economy: Teaching of Green Competencies in the University

Unesco Chair of Environmental Education and Sustainable Development, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), 28040 Madrid, Spain
Received: 31 January 2014 / Revised: 6 May 2014 / Accepted: 9 May 2014 / Published: 15 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Education and Skills for the Green Economy)
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Abstract

This paper looks at universities as training centers for a sustainable economy. Their remit is to promote the required competencies to achieve that aim, including competencies in sustainability. This article describes the role that the universities in Spain are fulfilling with respect to these issues and presents a training proposal that comprises four key competencies in sustainability with their corresponding performance indicators that permit the evaluation of different levels of achievement in training processes. These competencies must embrace their formative role not only with regard to future graduates who will be employed in “green jobs” per se, but also with regard to those alumni who will work in all the other productive sectors, in addition to all citizens directly and indirectly involved in the wider economy as consumers, producers and (direct or indirect) recipients of its effects. The proposal is based on the recommendations of the Conferencia de Rectores de Universidades Españolas (CRUE: Conference of Chancellors of Spanish Universities), and can be adapted to the teaching programs of different subjects in order to facilitate the training necessary in general competencies of sustainability within the ambit of the subjects taught. Furthermore, this proposal follows the institutional strategy of CRUE to promote curricula sustainability through the inclusion of the principles and values of sustainable development in every degree and educational program taught. This proposal could also be applied to other cultural contexts with similar characteristics.
Keywords: sustainable economy; education for sustainable development; competencies in sustainability; green competencies; curricular sustainability; higher education; learning; green economy; Spain sustainable economy; education for sustainable development; competencies in sustainability; green competencies; curricular sustainability; higher education; learning; green economy; Spain
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Murga-Menoyo, M.Á. Learning for a Sustainable Economy: Teaching of Green Competencies in the University. Sustainability 2014, 6, 2974-2992.

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