The Rio+20 Conference confirmed sustainable development as the international framework for action and cooperation. In the Higher Education Sustainable Initiative (HESI), launch in Rio+20, Chancellors, Presidents, Rectors, Deans and leaders of Higher Education Institutions and related organizations, acknowledged the responsibility that they bear in the international pursuit of sustainable development. They agreed to teach sustainable development concepts, encourage research on sustainable development issues, green their campuses, support sustainability efforts in the communities in which they reside and engage with and share results through international frameworks.
But there was no tool to ensure that universities were producing sustainability literate graduates before the Sustainability Literacy Test. The “Sustainability Literacy Test” is a tool for the various initiatives on sustainability lead by HEIs to assess and verify the sustainability literacy of their students when they graduate. The test consists in a free on-line Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) assessment developed thanks to support by Foundation for Sustainable Leadership (MED Solutions partner Kedge Business School) and Degetel. It assesses, in 30 minutes, the minimum level of knowledge in economic, social and environmental responsibility, applicable all over the world, in any kind of Higher Education Institution (HEI), in any country, for students from any kind of tertiary-level course (Bachelors, Masters, MBAs, PhD). Questions are customized by more than 20 regional committees and available in 7 languages.
• On October 8, 2014, the University of Siena
will administer the first session of the
Sustainability Literacy Test for its students.
To register: www.sulite.org/it/substainability_home
• More information: www.sustainabilitytest.org