ICA-EDU Colloquium


During 13 & 14 June, 2017 at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Croatia was held ICA-Edu Colloquium 2017 with main focus on “Delivering graduates to meet the challenges of the sustainable development goals (SDGs): embedding the development of ethical and sustainable values in the curriculum”. Participants from European Life Sciences Universities were invited to share their view and experience.

Colloquium Background:
Education is key to the global integrated framework of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Education is at the heart of our efforts both to adapt to change and to transform the world within which we live. A quality based education is a necessity for learning throughout life in a complex and rapidly changing world. There is growing international recognition of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as an integral element of quality education and a key enabler for sustainable development. Sustainable development goal No 4 proposes that by 2030, we have to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development: including, among others, education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

Education for sustainable development aims to support young people in their own development. In this process questions related to ethics and the meaning of life, as well as how we, with all our technical possibilities and solutions, can meet the future’s challenges with energy and resource saving constructions, are also part of a holistic approach.

No special methods have been designed or created for the teaching and learning of sustainable development. However, some methods are much better suited to teaching of sustainable development than others. Typically those methods are focused on the learning process. Therefore the goal of the colloquium is to discuss with others how one might use and integrate various teaching methods in the teaching to meet the challenges of sustainable development goals though – embedding the development of sustainable and ethical values in the curriculum.

The aim of the ICA-EDU Colloquium 2017 was centred on three themes:

  • the challenge for life science universities in addressing the SDGs;
  • the teaching of ethics – core course and embedding throughout the curriculum;
  • the teaching of sustainable development – core course and embedding throughout the curriculum: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and socio-political sustainability.

The Colloquium was arrainged had three sessions: 1) Embedding ethical values in the curriculum, led by prof. David A. Kauft from University of Georgia (USA) and his presentation how to incorporate ethics across the curriculum in the life sciences; 2) Embedding sustainable values in the curriculum led by G.Gratzer from BOKU (Austria) and his presentation on (not) seeing the forest for the trees – the SDGs as claim to universities and video presentation Using the SDGs as a catalyst for re-designing higher education in the Anthropocene by prof. A. Wals from Wageningen University (the Netherlands); 3) Defining the learning outcomes for ethical and sustainable values in the curriculum during it the report of the business survey of key sustainable development competences, knowledge and skills in working life – implications for higher education was presented by J.Van Der Luit from Netherlands and two, really inspiring cases from Wageningen University about sustainability-orientated pedagogy and learning outcomes were presented by V.Tassone.
Personations and interventions should be available on ICA-edu webpage on July.


  • Increased awareness of the need for the integration of sustainable development education in the curriculum;
  • Definition of learning outcomes to be achieved by the learner in respect of sustainable development and ethical decision making;
  • Contribute to a dialogue about how skills, commitment and action competence for sustainable development can be developed among students;
  • Identification of the staff development needs to support the teaching of sustainability and ethical values in the curriculum;
  • Based on the outcome of these discussions a summary of possible interventions to effectively embed ethical and sustainable values in our students learning will be prepared and circulate.

During the colloquium as well were held ICA-Edu General assembly and ICA-Edu Executive Committee Meeting.


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