BUP for Teachers

Every year at least one university teachers conference is organised. The theme for the conference is always related to education for sustainable development (ESD). The lecturers include distinguised international researcher in the field.

Annual events have included the course SAIL for Teachers organised by BUP Associate Secretariat in Finland at Åbo Akademi University. Another annual event is the BUP Teachers Conference. The conference is either organised by the BUP Associated Secretariat in Finland or the BUP Coordinating Secretariat at Uppsala University, or both.

In addition several other educational events for university teachers are organised depending on funding. Also depending on funding is the devlopment of new course materials or updating of older materials.

BUP Teachers' Course

Happy teachers sitting on a swing.

The BUP Associated Secretariat in Finland proudly announces the BUP Teachers’ Course 2023–2024! The course aims to improve the implementation of Agenda 2030, especially Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), in the learning methods in Higher Education. 

The course takes place from September 2023 to March 2024 and the program contains online material, exercises, discussions in groups, two workshops, as well as preparations and presentations of an individual project.

Read more about the course on the BUP website.

BUP Teachers’ Day 2023

This online session that took place on 18 April 2023 focusd on inner sustainability as a vital part of sustainability education in contemporary higher education. 

The workshop was organised by BUP Finland and led by EdD Ann-Christin Furu. She has 25 years’ experience as a lecturer and researcher in teacher education. Her research interest lies within sustainability education, and she is an associate professor in early childhood education at the Åbo Akademi University. Her research currently focuses on the intersection of resilience and the sustainability crises and how resilience might be supported among children, students, and staff in the Anthropocene.

Read the event report from the BUP Teachers’ Day 2023.

Training course in disaster risk reduction (DRR)

CASCADE-project meeting online
CASCADE-project meeting online

This is a short introduction to the training course in disaster risk reduction (DRR). It has been created as the consequences of climate change are both unpredictable and extreme. The understanding, assessment and knowledge of threats are essential in order to take the right decisions and actions in risk management.

The picture of threats and risks varies from region to region. Therefore, it is important to have knowledge of the macro-regional perspective. The training course has been developed within the project CASCADE – Community Safety Actions for Supporting Climate Adaptation, of which the BUP in Finland has been an active part. 

The training course is suitable for usage as a whole or in parts. It can be included in courses about climate change and risk management at university level. The core content is climate risk assessment and the background and implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR in the Baltic Sea Region. Detailed information about the course can be found on it's website.

Course website

Implementing sustainability at universities

Webinar series about sustainability in teaching and research.

How can we implement sustainability at universities in respect of teaching, research and campus greening? Baltic University Programme (BUP) organised a webinar series where these topics are discussed. The main target group for the webinar series were teachers in higher education, especially within the BUP. However the webinars were open for everyone interested.

If you missed any of the webinars, you can still take part of the content. Watch recordings of the webinars on it's playlist on the BUP Youtube channel.

Speakers were:

  • Arjen Wals
  • Sheperd Urenje
  • Ulrika Persson-Fishier
  • David Kronlid

BUP Teachers Course: Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education

Lecture at Aalto University
Aalto University, Espoo, Finland. Photo by Dom Fou on Unsplash.

The focus is to better integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into the teaching, courses and study programmes.

The emphasis is on teaching methodology by e-learning and two workshops. The course also includes a project part and a possibility to publish the result of the project in a peer review journal.

Information about the Teachers course

Last modified: 2023-09-27