Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Obstacles to Implementation of Sustainable Development at Higher Education Institutions

  • Yirgalem Eshete
  • Ahmed Mohammed
  • Denbel Bedo
  • Belay Simane
  • Abate MekuriawEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_224


There is now a wider consensus that education is the single most important panacea to solve the complex problems that human beings are facing. It is also an important ingredient in making use of the opportunities we have. Education indeed is reported to shape the world of tomorrow. As stipulated in the document prepared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO 1997), the multidimensional role of education is stated as follows:

The goal of education is to make people wiser, more knowledgeable, better informed, ethical, responsible, critical and capable of continuing to learn. Education also served society by providing a critical reflection on the world, especially its failings and injustices, and by promoting greater consciousness and awareness, exploring new visions and concepts, and inventing new techniques and tools. Education is also the means for disseminating knowledge and developing skills, for bringing about desired changes in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yirgalem Eshete
    • 1
  • Ahmed Mohammed
    • 2
  • Denbel Bedo
    • 3
  • Belay Simane
    • 4
  • Abate Mekuriaw
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Debre Markos UniversityDebre MarkosEthiopia
  2. 2.Selale UniversityFicheEthiopia
  3. 3.St. Mary’s UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia
  4. 4.College of Development StudiesAddis Ababa UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium