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Education for Sustainable Development in engineering

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Contemporary society faces global challenges such as the economic crisis, climate change, desertification, deforestation, inequality, war and poverty. In this global context, higher education must consider sustainable development in all degree curricula.

The integration of education for sustainable development into higher education contributes to the development of university graduates’ sustainability skills, such as critical, creative and systemic thinking, problem solving and the capacity for action and collaboration. This development will allow us to form potential agents of change who are capable of shaping a more sustainable society.

The main objectives of the Education for Sustainable Development in Engineering (ESDE) track are the integration of sustainability into the curricula of STEM degrees, the design of teaching and learning strategies for its implementation, and the evaluation of the sustainability competency level of graduates. Faculty training in sustainability is essential for the achievement of these objectives. The first step in such training is to define the sustainability learning outcomes of each degree clearly and accurately. These learning outcomes are precisely defined by a sustainability competency map (SCM) for each degree. The SCM is a matrix in which each cell contains a learning outcome related to a given domain level of a competence related to sustainability. We are working on developing SCM for different STEM degrees, as well as on defining the most appropriate teaching and learning strategies for each learning outcome.