Policy for Sustainable Development
Sustainable development is evident in the university’s educational programmes, research, and professional services. The bases for the work within sustainability are:
- International guiding documents, particularly the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals
- National environmental goals, particularly the generational goal and the goal regarding reduced climate impact
- Higher education guidelines that emphasise universities’ responsibility to work for a ”healthy and good environment, economic and social welfare and justice” (Chap 1, §5).
A central task of the university is to contribute to students’ involvement in the construction of a future sustainable society during their studies and professions. Therefore, the educational programmes’ educators and students pose complex and socially relevant questions and maintain a critical and analytical approach. Further, the ability to identify conflicting objectives and reflect on the basis of issues of ethical values is developed.
The university’s research within sustainable development is prioritised. Research on sustainable development is characterised by issues that require a multidisciplinary approach, innovative thinking, and collaboration with the community. By supporting transboundary collaboration, diversity of ideas and differing perspectives are promoted. This contributes to increased quality in education as well as research.
The university is an environmentally certified institution and will continue to pursue successful, systematic improvements to prevent and minimise overall environmental impacts while promoting social responsibility in its own operations and in relation to external actors locally and globally. The systematic work will pertain to all operations. The Vice-Chancellor and other leaders have a responsibility to systematically follow up and promote the university’s vision of a sustainable university and ensure that relevant goals are met, current laws and requirements within this area complied with, and ISO 14001 standards followed.
The increased integration of sustainable development in the university’s operations will take place with a holistic perspective, taking into account social, economic, and ecological dimensions. It is necessary for long-term success in the work for sustainability that the university’s employees and students actively contribute to the continued development of a sustainable institution. For this to be possible, employees will be given the tools necessary to work in a sustainable way.