Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainability Challenges

  • Umesh Chandra PandeyEmail author
  • Chhabi Kumar
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_485



The concept was made popular by the World Commission on Environment and Development in a report “Our Common Future,” also known as the “Brundtland Report,” before the United Nations General Assembly in 1987. It officially defined the concept of sustainable development as the kind of development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Report 1987).


The Post-2015 Development Agenda has given prominent recognition to the fact that complex natural and social systems are strongly interconnected, thereby giving an altogether new perspective for development. In this context, the role of higher education institutions (HEIs) goes beyond enhancing enrolments (Owens 2017). They need to focus on their other responsibilities as well, such as research and extension through active partnerships with government and other key agencies to address challenges like poverty...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IGNOU Regional Evaluation CenterIndira Gandhi National Open UniversityBhopalIndia
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and Social WorkRani Durgavati UniversityJabalpurIndia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rudi Pretorius
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa