Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

Living Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainability and Education Policy

  • Artie W. NgEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63951-2_482-1

Definition

Sustainability refers to continuity of the world for the next generation with reference to its social, environmental, and economic dimensions. Sustainability, as an interdisciplinary concept, regards sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland 1987). Education about sustainability becomes increasingly important for the next generation, who are exposed to a wide range of challenges concerning sustainability. One of the major concerns is the ongoing impacts brought about by climate change affecting environmental sustainability in various regions of the world, which in turn could affect social and economic sustainability. In order to promote sustainable development in the next generation, adequate education policy for sustainability is advocated among education institutions around the world, with endorsement by the United Nations. Such education policy...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Professional Education & Executive Development, College of Professional & Continuing EducationThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rudi Pretorius
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa