Why do Swiss universities bother about sustainability?

Perhaps because Swiss institutions of higher education want to continue to be relevant in the distant future? Perhaps massive online learning is about to replace universities?  Maybe new industries of the future require training that universities do not supply? Or do universities just wash themselves green to be part of the trend in industry? These questions were raised at the annual conference where rectors, deans, administrators, professors and students participated.

Sustainable University Day is the annual Swiss conference for all institutions of higher education and was held this year on 18 March at the university of St. Gallen. Its aim was to address the issue of responsible leadership in the context of the universities’ contribution to sustainable development, and to ask how to educate future leaders who can combine economic success with social justice and the preservation of natural resources?[1] Continue reading