Professor Tetiana Bubela, the Department of Measuring Information Technologies, ICTA, as well as Assistant Professors Mariana Senkiv, Department of Tourism, ISD, Lesia Myklash, Department of Foreign Languages, IHSS, Olha Rybytska, Department of Mathematics, IMFS, Viktoriia Bazylevych, Department of Architectural Design, IARD, and assistant Olha Pokladok, the Department of Architectural Design, participated in the seminar. The event took place within the framework of the course for academics «Education of Sustainable Development in Higher Education». The course is included in the Program of the Baltic University, the participant of which is Lviv Polytechnic among 85 universities from 12 countries of the Baltic region. The seminar took place at Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia. Academics from Sumy State University, as well as universities in Finland, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Poland joined the event.
On the first day, the participants of the seminar were greeted by Katrin Saks, Vice-Rector for Development, Tallinn University, as well as the academics and administrators of the course – Tiina Elvisto, Shepherd Urenje, Cecilia Lundberg and Sinikka Suomalainen. Tallinn University academics Katrin Männik and Tiina Elvisto presented the University’s main achievements and plans for the future related to teaching Sustainable Development and continuous education. Shepherd Urenje from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, spoke about the basic principles of education for sustainable development, after which everyone worked in groups, modeling a sustainable way of life in communities.
On the second day, the participants of the seminar, led by Shepherd Urenje, worked on change projects in their universities, which involve improving the educational process in their educational institutions due to the implementation of the ESD methodology. There was also an excursion to the Center for Innovations in Education, Tallinn University, during which Katrin Karu, Katrin Aava, Maria Lekhtsari, and Mairi Matrov talked about the features of supporting the professional development of academics of Tallinn University. And Yanika Leost demonstrated examples of the application of innovative technologies in teaching. The seminar participants got lasting impressions from the two-hour tour of the old part of Tallinn.
On the third day, the participants presented their own Change projects, as well as discussed plans for the final seminar of the course, which would take place in March 2023.
The overall aim of the BUP course for educators is to integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into teaching, courses and educational programs. Lecturers emphasize on the importance of teaching methodology with the help of electronic means. The course contains an important project part and allows publishing the results of the project in a peer-reviewed journal. During training, special emphasis is placed on issues of quality education, responsible consumption and production, and climate change issues. To participate in the program, you need to prepare a motivation letter and a preliminary description of your Change project.