According to topic of Education for Sustainable Development there is a lack of awareness and financial resources to include ESD in the higher education system. In a document for rectors at the Summer School in Luneburg, Germany, 2011, on the implementation of sustainability in research and teaching in East-European higher education institutions, the participants from Albania stated: “Our educational policy makers and the university governance teams are not sufficiently aware of latest developments at UN and EU level, build on existing documents, such as OECD strategies, and also take our national strategies of sustainable development and education for SD into consideration”.

Addressing the Western Balkan regional priority 'knowledge-triangle education-research-innovation', this project aims to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo. The wider objectives are to strengthen the connection and collaboration of higher education institutions, research and practice as well as to promote mutual learning and innovative sustainability issues and methods through structured workshops to support capacity building as well as systemic and holistic thinking. Therefore the specific objectives are to identify regional stakeholders in the field of higher education, research and practice for sustainable development, to establish a science-society network for sustainability innovations, to develop innovative teaching materials and methodologies for higher education institutions, and last but not least to develop and run structured workshops and trainings for science-society collaborations.

To achieve these objectives, the consortium members were selected due to their methodological competencies, capacities and know-how. Furthermore, they provide a comprehensive representation of the project's stakeholders. Therefore, the consortium consists of 4 Albanian, 3 Kosovarian and 4 EU Universities. Furthermore, 2 civil society organizations, one of each partner country, and 2 Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) on ESD are involved. The direct target groups will be higher education institutions: lecturers, researchers and students, research institutions and regional stakeholders like enterprises, NGOs and regional development agencies. Furthermore policy makers will benefit indirectly.

Project Funding
The project 543742-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-AT-TEMPUS-JPHES under the agreement 2013-4562/001-001 has been funded with the support of the TEMPUS programme of the European Union

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