University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) is a Copernicus Alliance project that brings together 55 partners (mainly universities) from 33 countries across Europe and beyond to rethink the higher education curriculum with regard to sustainable development. The 3 year-project, funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme - Erasmus Academic Networks, was launched in October 2013 and will create opportunities for university educators to develop professional competences and the academic leadership capabilities linked to ESD.

The UE4SD activities are closely associated with the Alliance and the “Rio+20 Treaty on Higher Education”, launched at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. The project is led by University of Gloucestershire, which is also co-ordinating one of four regional hubs across the partnership and working closely with the other regional hubs co-ordinated at the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain, Charles University in Czech Republic (both UNICA member universities) and Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany.

The first project outcomes: four regional reports and one state of the art report will be presented at the 2014 Copernicus Alliance Conference, to be hosted by Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 2-4 October 2014.

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