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2017-10-10 12:00

The UB at the Top in Sustainable Development Review


The University of Borås, UB, has a well-developed process for working towards sustainable development in higher education, according to the Swedish Higher Education Authority.

Birgitta PåhlssonThe University of Borås has a well-developed process for working towards sustainable development in higher education, according to the Swedish Higher Education Authority.

In the recently presented review, the University of Borås is in the top quartile of Swedish universities and higher education institutions with a well-developed process for working towards sustainable development. In fact, only 12 out of 47 were approved.

“This is very pleasing”, says Birgitta Påhlsson, the Vice-Chancellor’s coordinator for sustainable development. She particularly emphasizes the wording that the university ‘sets a good example where the efforts to promote sustainable development in higher education have come a long way’”.  

Vice-Chancellor Björn Brorström is also satisfied with the results.

Björn Brorström”I am pleased, but not surprised. We have worked intensely and systematically with developing our processes when it comes to sustainable development and many people have been involved. The report shows that we, together with a number of other institutions, are now nationally leading. This is very important work to us, and the good review gives us inspiration to make even harder efforts”, Björn Brorström says and Birgitta Påhlsson agrees.

The Swedish Higher Education Authority is not the only one who ranks the University of Borås high in this context; so does the Environmental Protection Agency, whose annual review of environmental management work in Swedish government agencies places the University of Borås as one of the highest ranked in the category of Swedish universities and higher education institutions when it comes to systematic sustainability work.

“As a result of this, the conditions for our students to handle the complex societal challenges highlighted in Agenda 2030 in their future professions and in society are very good. In that way, the University of Borås is an important player together with other responsible actors or organisations in the development towards a more sustainable society”, Birgitta Påhlsson says.

At the University of Borås, working towards sustainable development is part of the core activities, in fact one of the university’s important profile issues, which is constantly evolving.

The assessors’ judgements

The Swedish Higher Education Authority and the assessors’ judgements on the work towards sustainable development at the University of Borås:

  • The university has a well-developed process for working towards sustainable development in higher education in the focus area Governance and Organisation
  • The university has a well-developed process for working towards sustainable development in higher education in the focus area Environment, Resources, and Organisation
  • The university has a well-developed process for working towards sustainable development in higher education in the focus area Design, Implementation, and Results

In all: The University of Borås has a well-developed process for its work on sustainable development in higher education.

Text: Solveig Klug
Translator: Linda Lindstedt
Photo: Anna Sigge
Portrait photos: Erik Wasselius and Patrik Svedberg