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The UG strives to integrate courses that are related to sustainability in all faculties. All the faculties and the majority of the programmes offer at least one course on sustainability. For instance, Public Law and Sustainability (Faculty of Law), Environmental Psychology (BSS Faculty), Climate Change (Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies), Sustainability for Engineers (FSE).

There are also Minors on Sustainability organized by the three Research Schools and several faculties, such as: More Healthy Years, Future Planet Innovation, Energy, Local Impacts of Globalization, Population, Development and Wellbeing, Gender and Diversity in Science, Society and Culture, Development Studies and Arctic and Antarctic Studies.

Additionally, the RUG also organizes summer schools for Master students, PhDs, Postdocs and Practitioners to work intensively on specific topics within a research perspective.

Campus Fryslan, together with the Global Center of Adaptation, is also organizing free online courses on Climate Adaptation and a summer school on Climate Adaptation Governance for both students and staff members.

The Energy Academy Europe, located in the most sustainable education building of the Netherlands, also plays an important role in sustainable education at the RUG. Energy education is one of their main core pillars and is implemented via activities such as lectures, debates, masterclasses and excursions.

For the next years we have formulated the following goals:

  • Expand the number of sustainable study opportunities;
  • Train the trainers: setting up a sustainability training for lecturers;
  • Making an inventory of all faculties and seeking opportunities to increase sustainability in the curriculum;
  • Within the newly formed schools sustainable minors will be developed.

Do you want to know which projects the Green Office organizes to integrate sustainability in education? Look at our Project section.

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