Vision: Building the University the world needs now!
The scale of the global sustainable development challenge is unprecedented. The world urgently needs to address the sustainable development challenges of ending poverty, increasing social inclusion, and sustaining the planet, which must be underpinned by good governance. At the same time, worldwide students show a strong interest in sustainable development.
While the University for Sustainability (US) collaboratively offers academic programmes, it also mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving. We aim to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The US shall partner with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.
The organisation and governance of the US aims to enable member organisations from all regions and a diverse set of backgrounds to participate in facilitating the network while at the same time ensuring effective structures for decision making and accountability. As articulated in the University's bylaws, the US Board of Directors has oversight over all aspects of the University. An Executive Committee oversees financial, programmatic, and other operational matters. Thematic Networks involving experts from around the world advance the technical work of the US. Members of the US are part of the US General Assembly. An Academic Advisory Council deals with issues relating to education and curriculum design. The US Secretariat is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.