Student perceptions of sustainability in higher education - International survey

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Student perceptions of sustainability in higher education - International survey

NUS just published its latest survey on student perceptions on sustainable development

SInce 2010-11, NUS has been asking students studying in the UK their views about their experiences of and expectations for education for sustainable development at their universities.  We've consistently found that students expect their universities to be taking action for sustainable development, both in terms of their own impacts but also in terms of the teaching provided to students.  You can read all about the UK research here. 

We wanted to find out if students studying at universities around the world felt the same as those studying in the UK so during the spring of 2018, we partnered with a number of international organisations to run an online survey, with 3247 students from around the world responding.  We found out...

  • 91% say they agree their place of study should actively incorporate and promote sustainable development
  • 70% would like to see sustainable development incorporated and promoted through all courses
  • 81% say sustainable development is something they would like to learn more about
  • 25% say sustainable development hasn't been covered at all by their course
  • 17% rate their university as 'very good' in relation to the action it takes to limit the negative impact it has on the environment and society
  • 61% would accept a salary 15% lower than average to work in a company with a good social and environmental record
  • 93% say governments from across the world should do whatever it takes to address climate change
  • 25% say they've never heard of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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National Union of Students