GOALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN UNIVERSITY EDUCATION: COOPERATION THROUGH EELISA COMMUNITIES
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 15th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 7-9 November, 2022
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:Since its creation at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have set the guidelines to the 193 countries that agreed to address the most urgent environmental, political and economic challenges faced by our planet. In this context, universities play a leading role as drivers of innovation and organisations capable of generating and disseminating knowledge, with the responsibility of convey the importance of combining economic growth and sustainable development in the training of future professionals.
On the other hand, the European Commission has recently approved the EELISA alliance (European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance), which will enable engineering studies at European level marked by both their technical competence and their understanding of social challenges. Thus, the EELISA Communities are presented as a space where education, research, innovation and social challenges meet and connect, facing global challenges by designing efficient and sustainable solutions. This challenge has been taken up from the outset by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Edificación de Madrid (ETSEM), where the community "INCO-0 has been created. From Industrialized Construction to Near-Zero Consumption Buildings", whose main objective is to contribute to the training of future construction professionals by highlighting the need to build in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.
This work shows one of the most ambitious educational innovation proposals that has been carried out within the framework of the ETSEM to train students in the SDGs through its EELISA Community. To this end, a series of teaching proposals have been carried out within the educational innovation project with reference IE22.5403, which aim to enable students of the Bachelor's Degree in Building (1) to enhance their careers in the world, (2) to achieve a global vision of the challenges facing our planet, and (3) to have the possibility of generating links and friendships that transcend the borders of the university of origin. All this is integrated through the creation of a group action project that promotes the use of the most sustainable, healthy and safe resources possible at the University, contributing to meeting the SDGs, as well as the climate and energy commitments integrated in the European Green Deal.
The aim of this work is to show how the EELISA initiative can promote training for sustainable development in university education. This research shows the steps to follow for the development of an educational innovation project that arises from the collaboration between European universities, showing the different phases, as well as the timing carried out. In this way, it is possible to show teachers interested in carrying out European collaboration projects a case of application carried out in the ETSEM during the academic year 2021/22, so that the experience presented can serve as a starting and learning point for future similar experiences to be carried out at university level.
Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals, EELISA, university education, cooperation.