Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainable Higher Education Systems

  • Sally CairdEmail author
  • Robin Roy
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_261



A sustainable Higher education (HE) system may be defined in terms of the network of local, national and international HE institutions and their systems that sustain the core functions of HE, including the delivery of teaching and learning, research, and outreach, by addressing social, economic, and environmental targets and constraints influencing the HE institutional context. A sustainable HE system not only sustains the functions of HE institutions but supports the aims of sustainable development by advancing citizens’ knowledge and skills to meet the needs of society and the economy and by promoting stewardship of the natural and built environment.


Higher education (HE) systems comprise institutions whose function is to support, develop, and deliver teaching and learning at post-secondary or tertiary level. Much of this teaching and learning is delivered at universities, although it is also provided through colleges and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, School of Engineering and InnovationThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luis Velazquez
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SonoraSonoraMexico