6.1University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria, organized the sixth in the course of the ConSus training program on science-society collaborations. Again, participants from higher education institutions of Albania and Kosovo were engaged in the training.

The training was able to motivate all 20 trainees to attend the various lectures and excursions. The inputs of the first day gave an overall view on grand challenges with the focus on climate change, continued with a summary of the development of the sustainability strategy of the University BOKU, and finally introduced Gloria, a cooperation between BOKU and the Austrian Academy of Sciences that focuses on inter- and transdisciplinary mountain research.

The main message of the first day: In order to solve the problem of global warming, a change of habits is essential, not easy, but possible. We need to use our brains, and the change might be uncomfortable and displeasing.

During the training week, the trainees also visited the never-in-use nuclear power plant Zwentendorf, a wind park, a biogas plant, and an algae production farm. The final climate conference game was a funny and thoughtful finish for all. The good vibes of this training were an outcome of the presence of 20 highly motivated & responsive trainees. Here is the result of Austria: 12 points go to the trainees from Kosova and Albania!


toninEuropean university of Tirana, Tirana, Albania, organized the fifth  in the course of the ConSus training program on science-society collaborations. Participants from Albania and Kosovo engaged in the training on Creative and innovative methods from 25-28 January 2016.

During the days of this training, the participants from seven universities and two NGOs in Albania and Kosovo discussed about transdisciplinary methods, sustainability and the role of stakeholders in sustainable innovation.

The main objectives of this training were: Creating a theoretical perspective and background about transdisciplinary methods; Evaluating the innovative aspects of individual teaching resources; Analyzing the possibility of sharing ideas between different teaching resources and creating a new transdisciplinary method; Evaluating the perspective of stakeholders on sustainability and possibility for future cooperation

IMG 3018On 21st January 2016, the RCE Graz-Styria and SEKEM Austria invited to the event "The implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development: Local initiatives and transnational knowledge exchange".

About 150 students, scientists, representatives of sustainability initiatives and interested stakeholders from politics, public administration and civil society attended the event in the premises of the University of Graz. They discussed how Education for Sustainable Development can be promoted at a local, national and international level.

During a World-Café, current projects related to each of the five GAP Priority Action Areas - GAP is the Follow-up Programme of the UNESCO Decade for Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014 - were introduced and discussed with the participants. The project coordinator Barbara Loimayr presented the content, activities and challenges of the ConSus project representing a good practice example for the GAP Priority Action Area 3 "Capacity Building".

The participants were very interested in the cooperation with the countries of Albania and Kosovo. Questions arose about: "Which sustainability challenges do the people face in Albania and in Kosovo? How do they tackle these challenges?“ Some students and teachers were interested particularly in the teaching resources developed in the project. There were discussions about the current political and environmental situation Albania and Kosovo too. But also aspects of intercultural dialogue and issues of sustainable development in general arose.

DSC 0721Universum College organized the 4th out of six ConSus training in its campus in Prishtina. Throughout the course of the training on sustainable entrepreneurship, 24 participantss from Albania and Kosovo were present. Trainees received insightful information about sustainable entrepreneurship and how that effects the overall development and wealth of transitioning countries such as Albania and Kosovo. Sustainable entrepreneurship was at the center-stage, where participants were asked to identify current stakeholders and suggest potential cooperation based on their ability to comply with the main pillars of sustainability. For the first time, authors were asked to role play a teaching resource where they provided solutions using sustainability as a measurement. Participants visited BONEVET (Makerspace) and Jakova Innovation Center, where they were introduced to startups mainly in the field of ICT. The training concluded with a workshop on integrating sustainable entrepreneurship in higher education curriculum.

14 Master students from educational science and sustainability science deal with higher education for sustainable development in a seminar in the winter term 2015/2016 at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.

After introducing the students into the concept of higher education for sustainable development, they engage with the ConSus project and develop teaching resources for the ConSus platform. In order to get an idea about the region of Albania and Kosovo a Skype session was organised, where Rinora Gojani from INDEP, Pristina, and Elvan Dajko from Polis University, Tirana, provided very informative and valuable insights into sustainability challenges in their countries.

In their teaching resources the students will concentrate on introducing aspects of sustainable development from different approaches. Their results will be available in February 2016 and we already look forward to get to know from a students’ perspective how they perceive their ideal sustainability lessons.

For further information please contact Marlene Mader (e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) as part of the lecturers team in Lüneburg.

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