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Enhancing and promoting interdisciplinarity in higher education

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Interdisciplinarity represents an effort to achieve integrative knowledge in an age of increasing academic specialization. It is an intrinsic feature of the environmental sciences and the emerging field of sustainability studies and is widely identified as a crucial means for academia to effectively address complex worldly problems. The promotion of interdisciplinarity within higher education has become widespread over the last few decades, but it continues to face significant obstacles. This paper reports on a survey of universities with exemplary track records in interdisciplinary research, to better identify obstacles to interdisciplinarity and strategies for success.

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Tarrant, S.P., Thiele, L.P. Enhancing and promoting interdisciplinarity in higher education. J Environ Stud Sci 7, 355–360 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-016-0402-9

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