Higher Education in the World 4

Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action

The publication presents the current situation and its implications, analyzing the link between sustainability and higher education. It shows a map of how the regions are advancing with regard to the subject; complemented with trending topics, networks' experiences and good practices. The publication also includes a study to identify the main barriers that prevent the transformation of higher education institutions towards contributing to the sustainability paradigm, and highlights possible solutions. Furthermore, some visions for transformation are presented in a global framework, as pathways to advance from understanding to action.

Higher Education in the World 4

Main features of ‘Higher Education in the World 4’:

  • is the fourth report in the series
  • contains contributions by 86 eminent scholars from 36 countries
  • provides supporting statistics, analytical maps and a detailed bibliography
  • was complemented by the results of the fifth Barcelona Conference on Higher Education
  • presents new ideas for transforming higher education through principles such as interdisciplinarity, contextualization of knowledge, systemic approach, intergenerational perspective, and societal commitment
  • offers a valuable, global and current perspective on higher education institutions as key role players in building the sustainable paradigm


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government