Title: The implementation of sustainability at universities: a study based on sustainable development goals
Authors: Alina Vogel; Julia Breßler
Addresses: Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Technology, 09111 Chemnitz, Germany ' Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Technology, 09111 Chemnitz, Germany
Abstract: Humanity faces a global environmental crisis in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the age of disruption, both the public and politicians search for advice and guidance from science. Thus, universities (higher education institutions) act as pillars of social and economic transformation. With the sustainable development goals (SDGs), this function of higher education can be examined more closely. Therefore, this paper examines the implementation of the SDGs in higher education institutions and possible links to other metrics and core functions. To this end, 467 HEIs from 76 countries are examined in a quantitative study. The results show that social SDGs are addressed to a higher degree than ecological and economic SDGs and that there might be a connection between the implementation of the SDGs and other factors at HEIs.
Keywords: sustainable university; sustainable development goals; SDG; sustainable development goals; disruption; HEI; higher education institutions.
International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2022 Vol.16 No.3/4, pp.461 - 489
Received: 15 Jul 2020
Accepted: 14 Jun 2021
Published online: 04 Jul 2022 *