The University of Ljubljana (UL) follows the guidelines for the sustainable transformation of higher education and the principles of sustainable development.

About sustainable development

Sustainable development refers to working towards the eradication of poverty, the reduction of inequalities and the promotion of the sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and fostering sustainable, inclusive, and equitable economic growth. It is therefore about development that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The key to achieving sustainable development lies in finding and maintaining a balance between the three interdependent dimensions – environmental, social, and economic – that are essential to the well-being of individuals and society. World leaders committed to this path by adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the historic United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in 2015.

The UL's commitment to sustainable development

At the UL, we recognise the important role that universities play and will continue to play in the development and dissemination of knowledge in the field of sustainability, and thus in fostering a deeper understanding of the need for a transformation towards a sustainable society. They represent and create a space for critical reflection on societal challenges and bring together researchers, innovators, students, employers, policymakers and local communities. Our activities in this area therefore include:

  • Engaging in critical reflection on the challenges and their complexity in the context of sustainable transformation.
  • Fostering social dialogue on the challenges related to sustainable development.
  • Monitoring and expanding our own behaviour and influence on systemic and behavioural changes that support sustainable transformation.

We welcome your ideas, comments, and proposals!

What in your opition could improve sustainable practices at the University of Ljubljana?